If you’ve got a KitchenAid stand mixer, adding a KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers (affiliate link) lets you easily grind your own meat so you know what you’re getting.
Essentially, you cut the meat into cubes or strips that fit into the feeder. It can be easier to cut if it’s partially frozen. Run the meat through the grinder twice.
I have also read that you can grind your meat in a food processor as well, but I have not tried that since I have the grinder. The warnings I read are to not over process it in the food processor (something I don’t have to worry about with the grinder).
What Kind of Meat to Grind
It’s up to you but a fattier piece will produce better burgers, in my opinion. You can opt for chuck, round or sirloin depending on your tastes and what’s on sale. Of course, you don’t have to stick to beef! I grind pork when I want to make meatballs. Grind lamb as well.
Storing your Ground Meat
It’s a bit of effort to grind your own meat but well worth it. Grind a lot at a time and freeze it in portion-sizes that make sense for your family. You can also make it into patties for hamburgers or mix up meatballs, bake them and then freeze them to use later. When I freeze ground beef I like to freeze it in a flat shape so it’s easier to store and thaw.