Are you interested in learning how to serve the perfect Wagyu beef burger but don't know where to start? In this guide we'll go over everything you need to know about this type of beef. From the differences between Wagyu and ground beef, to the best way to cook the meat, this article has you covered to help you create the best tasting hamburger you've ever made.
How is Wagyu Beef Different from Other Types of Beef?
Wagyu beef is known for its higher degrees of marbling which result in a buttery texture and unmatched flavor. This type of beef is also more tender and juicy than traditional beef you'll find at your local supermarket. The term Wagyu (pronounced wah-gyoo) when referring to luxury meat means a specific breed of Japanese cow that metabolizes fat internally within its muscle. This unique genetic makeup allows for a lot more marbling of fat inside the muscle tissue which creates the rich cut of meat you get only from this type of beef.
Cattle-breeders who raise these cows in Japan do everything they can to create a stress-free environment for the animals so they can produce the highest-quality meat possible. When cows are under stress they create cortisol which has a detrimental effect on the meat. Some of the ways that these cattle-breeders reduce the stress for the cows include controlling noise levels, constantly supplying fresh water, and providing the cows with open-air farms where they are carefully monitored.
What is the Difference Between American vs Full-Blood Wagyu?
When you're looking for Wagyu meat for your burgers you need to be aware of the difference between the more commonly found American version versus the full-blood alternative. At Choice Beef, the Wagyu on our farm are 100% pure-blooded (AWA certified). Unlike American versions, which are a result of crossbreeding with Angus cattle, our pure-blood Wagyu cattle produces a higher quality meat that is melt in your mouth tender.
Is Wagyu Good for Burgers?
Wagyu beef is most well-known for its roasts and steaks but that doesn't mean you can't use the meat to create a buttery and rich burger. When you use this type of meat to make burgers you're getting a much more tender and flavorful burger compared to a traditional hamburger.
When it comes to this type of meat you should always check the rating system so you know the quality you're getting to make the hamburgers. The rating system (also called the grading scale or system) differs slightly depending on the country the meat comes from and the organization overseeing the rating it gets. Some of the factors that dictate the grade of the meat include its quality, appearance, and flavor.
What is the Best Way to Cook Wagyu?
There are some steps you should take when you're getting ready to cook this type of burger to make sure you get the best results each time you work with this meat. To start with, you should always bring your meat to room temperature so that the meat can cook faster and more evenly.
Also, depending on how you like to prepare your burger, you should also include salt and pepper for seasoning. Next, make sure you use a meat thermometer to check when the burger is ready to come off the grill or stove. As with any meat, you should make sure you give the burger time to rest so it can finish cooking. The other benefit to resting the meat is that it gives it time to redistribute the juices evenly which gives you a more tender experience.
How to Cook a Wagyu BurgerThe nice part about cooking this type of beef burger is that a lot of the steps are similar to what you would do with ground beef. To start, you should make sure you have all the ingredients on hand such as the bun, any vegetables you want to add to the burger, and the required seasoning such as salt and pepper.
Now that you have what you need, here are the steps to cooking the best ground burger:
While your meat is resting you should take the time to prepare your bun and get everything else in place such as the lettuce, tomatoes, as well as anything else you like to place on your hamburger. If you want a cheeseburger, simply add the cheese slices after you flip the meat but before you cover it for the 6 to 8 minutes.
Are Wagyu Beef Burgers Worth It?Making a hamburger with this type of meat is worth it because you can taste the difference in the quality of meat. While some people may say that using this type of premium meat as a hamburger is a waste when compared to a steak or roast cut, this simply isn't true. You aren't sacrificing the flavor by using this meat to make a hamburger but are instead enjoying it in a different way.
We would like to note that at this time we don't carry hamburger meat at Choice Beef. What we recommend if you purchase some of our Flat Iron steaks and grind the meat from those into a delicious ground beef for your hamburgers.
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