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Should you make your own burger patties or buy pre-made frozen hamburgers?

Saturday, November 8, 2008 5:04 Comments Off on Should you make your own burger patties or buy pre-made frozen hamburgers?

If your kids love hamburgers, it is a great way to get protein in them, and you can make them healthier by using extra lean ground beef or even chicken or turkey instead of ground beef.  Plus, you get to control the seasoning and the extras your kids put on burgers.  And yes, as a busy parent, it can be extremely tempting to buy those boxes of 20 or 40 frozen pre-made hamburgers simply because it is quick and convenient.  But are you paying a lot extra for that convenience?

Yes!  Compare the weight of the hamburgers you want to buy, then head over to the meat section and check out the price of the ground beef for the same weight.  Chances are pretty good that it will be far less than half the cost – and if you pick up ground beef on sale, you can save even more.  Add some bread crumbs (save those end pieces of bread to use as bread crumbs, if your family doesn’t like to eat them) and egg, and some seasonings as you wish, and you have burgers!

You can also buy a large amount of hamburger and make a large batch of hamburgers, shape them into patties and then freeze them, adding pieces of parchment paper between each burger to keep them seperated.  Want some freezer friendly hamburger recipes?  You can find a variety of hanburger recipes that are freezable in our Freezer Cooking Recipe section… and it’s an easy way to get your toes wet in the whole “once a month cooking” idea, if you are tempted to start.

Here are some of our favorite recipes for frozen patties:

So next time you are tempted to buy those convenient pre-made frozen hamburger patties, remember how much extra you are paying for that convenience, and pick up some ground beef to make your own instead.

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10 freezer recipes using ground beef for OAMC

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 2:16 2 Comments

If you want to get your toes wet with freezer cooking, starting off with some ground beef recipes is easy.  Why?  Because ground beef is inexpensive when compared to other cuts and types of meat and poultry.  Plus, it is often on sale, which means it is affordable for families to buy ground beef in bulk.

Here are some of the most popular freezer recipes at MomsBudget that use ground beef.  And these are all the more unusual dishes – meaning we aren’t going to bore you with the old standbys of meatloaf,  Shepherd’s Pie, Sloppy Joes and Spaghetti (but the links are there if you need some basic recipes)

Here are ten popular ground beef recipes for OAMC

  1. Caesar Spagheti (2 lbs)
  2. Chipolte Macaroni (2 lbs)
  3. Low Fat Beefy Tomato Fettuccine (1 lb)
  4. Pizza Pasta Casserole (2 lbs) and Low Fat Pizza Pasta Casserole (2 lbs)
  5. Dr. Pepper Spaghetti (2 lbs)
  6. Salsa Joes (4 lbs)
  7. Pesto Hamburgers (3 lbs)
  8. Holiday Spice Chili (2 lbs)
  9. Low Fat Beefy Tomato Fettuccine (1 lb)
  10. Salsa Burgers (2 lbs)

Don’t forget we have nearly 150 OAMC freezer recipes here at MomsBudget as well as a large Q&A & FAQ section for those brand new to freezer cooking.  And don’t forget all our Freezer Cooking printables to help you plan out your cooking sessions and what is still in your freezer to eat.

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