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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-02-2002, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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This is off topic, but, curious if anyone may know of a substitute for beef suet for making hamburger from wild game. Elk is supposed to be so low in colestrol, yet the first thing we do is use beef suet as a binder. I need to find a substitute even if it is soy or something else.

Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Or better yet, first hand knowledge of what will work?

Thanks, I need to butcher the 2 elk my son and I got last week, and we would like to keep it as healthy as possible. In the past we have kept the suet percentage down around 5%, the bare minimum to keep a burger together.
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Re: OT - Healthy Hamburger Help

You could use "veggie suet" which is just vegtable fat... it's avaliable at some health stores for Vegians.
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Re: OT - Healthy Hamburger Help

I never add suet to any of my burger, elk, antelope, or deer. The burgers stay together just fine and tast great. I would try them without any at all, you could allways add some later.
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Re: OT - Healthy Hamburger Help

One year we omitted the suet and frying in a pan was an iffy proposition. Trying to barbacue a burger was about as successful as doing eggs.

I will look into the vegi products for a binder. Hopefully I will be able to find it available here.

One of the side affects of deleting suet is the loss of frying grease. But then you just have to add your own, and in this case, you can choose a healthy concoction such as canola oil rather than lard. Also, recipes need to be tweeked or the dishes come out very dry if using minimal or no suet in the burger.

Any other suggestions?
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Grind the meat just as it is. When you make burger patties, mix in some eggs. That will hold it together just fine.
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