I love grass-fed beef. Always a regular buyer of Laura’s Lean Beef (ground, grass-fed, 92%) for years, when the company asks for a review, I give it–gladly. In fact, this isn’t my first waltz with Laura’s Lean Ground Beef (read my review from 2010 here).
The flavor, texture and behavioral of the omega-3 rich, grass-fed protein has hooked even our picky eaters. We ask them if they want to pick up at a burger joint, and they ask for Dad to grill burgers. We ask the kids if they’d like tacos, and they ask for grass-fed, grilled burgers. We offer them dinner while we’re out shopping, and they ask to go home and grill grass-fed burgers.
Are you catching the theme here? It’s 10 degrees outside in Colorado with icicles hanging off of the grill and the kids still want Dad to put his boots on, head outside, knock the icicles from the grill and make burgers.
I’ll admit that sometimes I need a deviation from standard hamburgers, however.
Why not use my grass-fed beef than to make one of my favorites–gyros? Of course, gyros are typically made from lamb (see my recipe here), but I say throw caution to the wind a little bit (make sure you’re standing upwind) and just say Opa! to delicious Greek food and Nope-a! to making the hubster go outside in a blizzard to make burgers.
1 pound ground beef
1 tsp onion powder
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp marjoram*
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients together. Shape into a loaf, about 5″ x 8″ long (as you can see above, I just formed into a loaf. Place on a grilling rack in the oven and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool. Slice thin.
1, 8-ounce cup of full-fat, plain Greek yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp dill
2 cloves garlic, peeled
salt and pepper, to taste
In a blender, mix all ingredients until liquid and blended. Store in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Keep refrigerated.
Can also be used as a salad dressing.
Makes 6 servings gyros and tzatziki.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 157.3 Cals.; 3.2 g Carbs.; 0.2 g Fiber; 3 g Net Carbs; 18 g Prot.; 8.3 g Fat
Nutritional Per Entire Recipe: 944 Cals.; 19 g Carbs.; 1 Fiber;18 g Net Carbs; 108 g Prot; 50 Fat
* Can’t find marjoram? Look to oregano, thyme, sage or basil as adequate substitutes.
Laura’s Lean Ground Beef
Price: $5.99 per pound. The price tag might be a bit hefty (in some places it’s upwards of $6.99/pound), you can often find a deal by looking for their chub packs, visiting Kroger affiliates, and by looking for local buy one, get one free offers in stores. I know in Denver, every quarter, our local Kroger affiliates offer the BOGO deal. I go and literally fill the cart (and my freezer) for only $3.50/pound. (Make sure to bag beef prior to freezing to help stave off freezer burn).
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Disclosure: Laura’s Lean Beef has provided the product free of charge for review, but this has not affected my review of the item.