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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 09:59 AM
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How many pounds of hamburger meat do I need for 20 burgers?
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:00 AM
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1. Mmmm burgers.
I say 20 lbs.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:02 AM
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6. I have never had burger that was a pound of meat.
I am having some people over tonight, but they have eaten this year!
:silly:
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:28 AM
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28. Prolly 8-10 pounds will do it.
;)
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:47 AM
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30. Whew!
You had me worrying there for a second! :hi:
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:01 AM
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2. ten pounds
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:01 AM
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I'd say 5 to 6 pounds of lean beef.
At .25 pounds per burger and enough to make a few extras. :hi:
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:01 AM
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3. 5, if you want 1/4 lb burgers...
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:01 AM
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4. Burgers are usually about 1/4 pound each - 4 burgers per pound
is a good rule of thumb unless you plan on making them huge.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:02 AM
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9. No, that is a good rule of thumb!
:thumbsup: Just like this thumb!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:06 AM
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18. My rule of thumb is "Too much is ALWAYS better than not enough!"
I say 8-10 pounds depending on fat content.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:09 AM
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22. Definitely. It is a big joke in my family
about how my mom cooks just enough or too little. I don't want people not being able to eat as much as they want for fear everyone won't get some! The more the better!
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Tektonik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:02 AM
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5. 20
:9
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:06 AM
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19. 20 pounds! Damn, I can't eat a pound of meat!
Ya'll must be some hungry people! Those posting 20 pounds! Jeez! :crazy: :silly:
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:02 AM
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7. The standard good-sized burger is 1/4 lb. At that serving
you would need five lbs. I prefer 1/3 lb burgers, which is just shy of seven pounds. Don't forget to finely chop opion to add to the mix. And don't forget the Worchestershire...
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:03 AM
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10. Nope...it cooks down to 1/4 pound which means you need 10
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:04 AM
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13. My husband seasons them and cooks them.
He does them good. I also like to add shredded cheese in the mix before we make patties out of them! Mmmm!
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:02 AM
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8. 5
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:03 AM
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11. My rule of thumb is 3/8ths of a pound per burger.....
So that's about 7.5 pounds.

But those are for big, juicy adults size burgers.

For kids I'd say only get about 5 pounds.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:03 AM
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12. 6 and two-thirds pounds
when you're grilling, make one-third-pounders.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:05 AM
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15. Grilling is the only way to go for a group of people.
Hell, my husband grills just for the two of us. But a good skillet burger is yummy too!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:04 AM
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14. Depends on the fat content and how large you want the burgers to end up
Edited on Fri May-27-05 10:07 AM by slackmaster
Figure on most of the fat cooking out of them, so 10 pounds of cheap ground beef that's 80% lean will yield 8 pounds of cooked burgers. That would be 20 burgers of .4 pounds, or 6.4 ounces each cooked to medium.

Cooking them to well-done reduces the weight further.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:05 AM
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16. If you are planning on making 1/4 pound burgers, then the meat
needs to be almost twice the size of 1/4 pound to cook down to a 1/4 pound burger. Also, when entertaining, too much is better than not enough. Get 8 to 10 pounds and make three burger patties from each pound. They are going to cook DOWN in size.
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:08 AM
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21. I COMPLETELY DISAGREE! All the advertisements for
quarter pound burgers say that is the pre-cooked weight! So put on your asbestos panties, 'cause this is gonna be a flame fest!!! :P


I'm sorry. Would you believe I woke up in this mood? :o You know I love you, right?

BTW - check your mail.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:17 AM
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23. So because advertisers were forced to put that at the end of their
crappy ads due to truth in advertising laws when people went to McDonald's expecting a quarter pound and ended up with a piece of meat the size of a nickel, you wanna flame ME? OK, baby, have at it :evilgrin:
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:20 AM
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27. No time. I must go consume this quarter pound burger!
Edited on Fri May-27-05 10:20 AM by JimmyJazz
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:29 AM
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29. That looks too yumy!
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:51 AM
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32. Don't do that to me.
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tyedyeto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:05 AM
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17. The answer also depends on the....
Edited on Fri May-27-05 10:06 AM by tyedyeto
fat content of the hamburger. The leaner the meat, the smaller they shrink.

I prefer making 1/3# burgers with 90% lean burger.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:07 AM
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20. I usually go with ground sirloin! Lean machine!
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:17 AM
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24. Are you grilling?
I make them 1/3 pounders - not too small not too big.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:19 AM
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25. Definitely grilling!!
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:19 AM
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26. Take the fat content into account!
I'm not talking health here. Fat melts during the cooking. If you use the "regular" ground beef, it's almost a third fat, and the patties shrink to nothing! Personally, even "lean" at 15% is too much fat for my taste. I try to get 10% or less.

At 10% or less fat, you can get away with 4 burgers per pound (esp. if some of the diners are children). But I generally like a slightly bigger burger than that. I'd say 6 pounds, which comes out a bit less than a third of a pound per burger.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:50 AM
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31. I make 3-4 burgers per pound.
I mix in a little Worcestershire for flavor before forming the burgers.

Don't get hamburger that is too lean either - your burgers will be dry. I usually use 85/15 for hamburgers. It's enough fat to be juicy, but not so much that it's all grease.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 10:53 AM
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33. Not to mention cheaper. I use ground sirloin usually but for 20 burgers,
I am going the cheaper route.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 03:27 PM
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34. It depends on your buns
If you're stuck with Wonder buns, a quarter-pound is all that will fit. Try five pounds.

A Hardee's/Carl's Jr. burger is 1/3 pound--seven to eight pounds of quality meat will do ya. These go in nice-size buns like the Pepperidge Farms ones.

A TGIFriday's/Applebee's/Chili's-style burger is half a pound, and if you can get the big buns they use (try your local bakery thrift store), go with ten pounds. If you do half-pounders, make sure you have red onions and leaf lettuce, that's really good.

Now let's talk Denny's Beer Barrel Pub. They make the 11-pound Belly Buster, the world's biggest hamburger. You'd need, oh...220 pounds of meat to pull this off--an entire side of beef.

What would be more fun, though, is to serve the dish Denny's Beer Barrel Pub created to honor our pretzeldent: "Mr. Bush's Capital (sic) Punishment Burger." It's a half-pound burger topped with cappicola ham, hot peppers, sweet peppers and pepper jack cheese.
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Scout1071 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 03:29 PM
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35. Depends how big you want the burgers. 3-4 burgers per lb.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 03:30 PM
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36. 120 pounds. If they look like this...
:hi: Bunny!
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 03:33 PM
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37. You HAD to do this, didn't you?
I printed out two copies of this pic, and when I go to Denny's Pub this summer, I'm going to ask the waitress to autograph one for you and one for GOPisEvil. :hi:
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 03:40 PM
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38. 5 pounds will give you 20 quarter pound size
Which fills out a bun nicely.

I usually buy pre-made patties and a couple of packs of Morningstar Farms garden burgers for me and my veggie friends!
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