Greek Hamburger Steak

Greek Hamburger SteakWe eat “hamburger steak” a lot at our house. It’s simply a hamburger patty piled high with toppings. The variations are endless. Sometimes we pile on sauteed onion, diced tomato and grated cheese. Sometimes salsa and sliced avocado. But here is a delicious summer version. A grass-fed hamburger patty topped with diced tomato, cucumber, feta and basil. I love how this meal came together. The homegrown tomato came from my neighbor, the cucumber from another neighbor, the basil from my mother-in-law, and the fresh feta from a local source. Yum! What do you like on your hamburger steak?

2 thoughts on “Greek Hamburger Steak

  1. Question on the grass-fed beef: I recently had a conversation with my butcher, and we were talking about grass-fed versus organic beef, and he said he chooses organic because you can’t be sure that the grass-fed beef hasn’t consumed fertilized grass. Any thoughts?

    • That is a great question. And kudos to you for communicating with your butcher! According to my husband, a cattle rancher, all grass is not created equally and, therefore, some producers do fertilize their pastures. Some grass is more nutrient-dense than other grass. For instance, in Texas, the beautiful, lush green grass in East Texas does not have the nutrient density of the drier, more stout varieties of grass in West Texas. East Texas receives a lot more rain which produces the vibrant green color, but also weakens the nutrient content. So, in that case, a rancher may fertilize to enhance the nutrient-density of the grass and also to retain soil quality. Fertilizers are not created equally either. Many ranchers use more natural options to fertilize like fish meal, milk byproduct, or even burning the pasture. So it really depends on the producer, and if you are fortunate enough to buy directly from one, then ask about the feed and grass. If you are buying from the grocery store, unfortunately the labels are tricky and not always comprehensive. Grass-fed doesn’t mean that the animal is grass “finished.” So you want to be looking for a label that says 100% grass-fed beef or grass-finished beef. But your butcher is correct, grass-fed doesn’t necessarily mean it is organic. However, organic beef doesn’t mean the animal is only eating organic (non fertilized) grass, but, instead, eating organic grains. So, what to do? I would say do the best you can with what you have available and what you can afford. Personally, I buy 100% grass-fed beef when I can afford it.

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