What's the best way to stretch ground beef?

How to Stretch Ground Beef

by Dollar Stretcher Contributors


Is It Meatloaf or a Burger?

For years, I followed my mother's example of stretching ground beef by adding dry oatmeal and an egg if I was going to make meat patties. I would fine chop onion and sometimes add green peppers or celery as well as throwing in an adequate amount of seasoning. My son would tease me about my "meatloaf" burgers, but I have found these burgers to be easier to digest than pure meat.
Mary Lou

TVP Is a Great Addition

I use TVP (textured vegetable protein). It is dried soy and takes on the taste of whatever I cook with it. Also, I add some dry oats, along with grated carrots, celery, onion, and green bell pepper.
Linda

Looks Just Like Ground Beef

I cook bulgur wheat with water and add it to sloppy joes, chili, Spanish rice, etc. When I use it in a tomato dish, it looks just like ground beef.
Caroln

Add Grated Potato to Stretch Ground Beef

I add grated potato to hamburger for Mexican dishes. It makes great tacos and chili.
Carol

Is It Meatloaf or a Burger?

For years, I followed my mother's example of stretching ground beef by adding dry oatmeal and an egg if I was going to make meat patties. I would fine chop onion and sometimes add green peppers or celery as well as throwing in an adequate amount of seasoning. My son would tease me about my "meatloaf" burgers, but I have found these burgers to be easier to digest than pure meat.
Mary Lou

Related: Top 10 Ways to Save on Meat and Poultry

Puree Veggies First

I find the best way to disguise veggies in ground beef is to puree them in the food processor. This works even better than grating. I put in a cup or more of cabbage, carrots, peppers, broccoli stems, celery, etc. in as I start to cook the meat. I usually also add half of a cup of filler like precooked lentils, kasha, quinoa, rice, or ground up beans. I often boil up this mix and put one cup containers in the freezer for those busy nights when we just have crumbled ground beef for tacos or shepherd's pie. I usually have double the amount of meat mixture when I'm done. My family loves to eat meat, so this is a great way to stretch it. Add a little beef soup base to salt the meat and strengthen the flavor.
Mark

Related: Grind Your Own Beef

A Good Way to Use Stale Bread

I add stale bread, torn into small bits, mixed with an egg and spices to stretch ground beef. This makes great burgers, and I get double the material. It's terrific for meatballs, meatloaf, etc.
Stephanie

Related: 17 Ways to Use Stale Bread

Healthy Way to Stretch Ground Beef

I mix fresh ground turkey and ground beef in equal amounts. It's better for our health, and it tastes good, too.
Alice

Reviewed February 2018


Take the Next Step:

  • Get tips from a butcher on how to buy cheap and delicious hamburger.
  • Discover more ways to save buying meat and poultry by visiting The Dollar Stretcher Library.
  • Better than coupons. Shop smart with great cash back offers on your favorite brands at your favorite grocers. Join Ibotta today.
  • Is debt eating up your budget? Here's the recipe to conquer your debt and regain control of your finances.
  • Join those who 'live better...for less' - Subscribe to The Dollar Stretcher newsletter, a weekly look at how to stretch both your day and your dollar! Subscribers get a copy of our ebook Little Luxuries: 130 Ways to Live Better...For Less for FREE!

Share your thoughts about this article with the editor.




Stay Connected with TDS






Little Luxuries
Subscribe

to the Dollar Stretcher newsletter and get a copy
of our ebook
Little Luxuries:
130 Ways to Live Better...For Less
for FREE!


Your Email:




View the TDS Privacy Policy.

PinchMe



Debt Book