The simple answer is yes; but in the end I bit the bullet. What would be the best way of putting them to the test though?
Of course I settled on replicating one of the cheapest offerings on the market. It had to be the Double Cheese burger from McDonalds; which happens to be my order of choice at the moment when I step into the golden arches.
To start with the burgers were too big for this plan so I reformed them into 100g patties and in proper McD style seasoned them only with salt and pepper. I could tell the meat had been ground a bit finer than I’d normally like but even raw it tasted pretty good.
I wanted them quite rare still so they only got a minute on each side in a hot griddle pan then rested for another minute as well. In all honesty they looked a bit anaemic and I instantly regretted not keeping them bigger so I could get a bit more colour on them but any longer and they would have been over cooked.
Rib-eye definitely makes an awesome burger but in this case the grind was far too fine leaving quite a smooth texture in the mouth. It brought to mind the kind of steak hache you might give a child to get them used to meat!
Flavour wise they were superb and I think next time I’d maybe treat them with a little more respect. If rib-eye isn’t your thing though you can pick up a fillet burger for £6.95 as well…