Lean Beef – It’s What’s For Dinner – Tips To Grilling + Dry BBQ Rub Recipe

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When it comes to meals that we prepare at my house, we eat beef almost as often as we eat chicken. When it comes to the way we cook our beef, my FAVORITE would be some lean beef burgers on the grill. Off course with with a slice of cheddar cheese because I love cheeseburgers.

When I first started cooking and for many years, I bought the cheapest beef that I could buy. I have always been one to try to save money, be frugal and I love to use coupons so going with the best deal on meat was something I would always do.  I have learned over the years that not only is lean beef a more healthy option, when you cook it, you get more in the end. I usually by lean beef, but if you want it really lean, look for the Extra Lean Labels.

I recently been experimenting using dry rubs. I have always been one to use marinades, but lately dry rubs are just as appealing but they both work in a different way to give your meat flavor. With a dry rub, you massage a mixture of spices and seasonings into your meat before you cook it. When you apply the rub to the meat’s surface, you are packing it full of flavor in the form of a savory crust on your meat. The flavor of your meat will depend on how long you apply the rub before you cook it.

What is neat about some rubs that I really like is when your rub has a good amount of salt in it, the salt will help to melt the fat on both the surface and inside of the meat while it is cooking. Just knowing that little fact has me wanting to use dry rubs even more.

This past weekend I had a BBQ with some friends where I my husband grilled up some lean beef burgers I made in which I used a homemade dry rub. We also had chicken and turkey dogs, but my cheeseburgers came out delicious. If you want to try a dry rub, I made one with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Below is my Dry BBQ Rub Recipe that you might want to try.

5.0 from 9 reviews
Dry BBQ Rub Recipe
Recipe type: Condiment
  • 2 TBS Chili Powder
  • 2 TBS Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 2 TSP Cumin
  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder
  • ½ TSP Cider Vinegar
  • ½ TSP Onion Powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until well mixed.
  2. Apply to meat prior to cooking.
  3. Enjoy!

In addition to the delicious cheeseburgers we had, no BBQ at my house is complete without some YUMMY pasta salad. My friend Jen makes a great pasta salad that she came over and made at my house for the BBQ. This pasta salad includes rotini noodles, mayo, sour cream, bell pepper, onion, and cubed cheese.

In addition to using rubs to help reduce the fat in your beef, here are some other tips that you might want to do to reduce the fat in your ground beef.

  • When cooking ground beef crumbles, drain the drippings that accumulate as you cook your meat.
  • Rinse your ground beef after it has been cooked to remove even more fat (not recommended for 90& and higher lean beef).
  • Place cooked burgers on several layers of papers towels to help absorb excess fat before serving.

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To find out more about cooking with beef and to find some yummy recipes, visit: www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.

“I wrote this review while participating in a In Home Party campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

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About Stefani Tolson

The author of Mom's Blog and the owner Mommy Enterprises. Stefani Tolson is a multi-tasking mom of 4, PR friendly, a freelance writer, web designer, cook & more!


  1. I love using rubs too. Love that pop of flavor, and your burgers look delicious!

  2. Great tips, especially for this last weekend…probably the whole world was grilling!

  3. Mmmm, everything looks soooo tasty!

  4. ok that looks delish. for real. we love rubs lately. i’ve been a rub fool.

    i also adore your hair in braids. super cute.

  5. They look delicious!

  6. Those burgers look so good! We use a dry rub on ribs – I’ve never thought to try it on burgers!!

  7. great tips and that rub sounds so good! Will have to try it the next time we grill out

  8. I love burgers, especially when they are made with lean beef! And your braids are so cute!

  9. Yum, it all looks delicious.

  10. I’ve started cooking with a lot of different spices. This looks like it would be great to try.

  11. I love using dry rubs and those burgers look good!

  12. I never thought about using a dry rub for my burgers, thanks for the idea!

  13. I don’t eat beef but I make it for my fiancee so I’ll have to try that rub recipe- and then I can eat the pasta salad! :)

  14. It is too late here to eat anything, but you have me so hungry for a good burger!

  15. We also love beef (lean) and rubs! We’re a grillin’ / smokin’ family so your grill foods look amazing! :)

  16. I love beef!! Those pictures are making me hungry!

  17. Sounds great!

  18. I’ve never tried a dry rub. Looks like it would taste great!

  19. Yummy! Everything looks fantastic!

  20. I was just having a conversation with my husband about how much I crave beef because we rarely eat it. Anytime I just think of a juicy burger or steak, my mouth starts to water. Lol. Those burgers look delish!

  21. Yum – hamburgers are my favorite! Everything looks so good!

  22. Everything looks delicious! I especially love that you used lean ground beef.

  23. That looks delicious!

  24. oh your grillin is making me hungry!! Yum

  25. I’m always telling my husband to rinse the meat.

  26. This looks yummy! I’ll miss summer grilling.

  27. They look so flavorful.

  28. Everything looks great, I love burgers and that pasta salad sounds delicious.

  29. nothing better than burgers!!

  30. I could go for a really good BBQ like that!!

  31. I’ve never done a dry rub on burgers… might have to try it.

  32. Ya know I don’t think I’ve ever tried a rub on burgers. Will have to give this one a go.

  33. It’s so funny how everyone grills burgers differently! I don’t think I’ve ever used a rub. I’m intrigued though!

  34. Looks like you had a great party!

  35. I love the dry rub recipe!!

  36. That meat looks so good cooked. I don’t really grill but I had a smoked turkey leg last weekend that was sooo good!

  37. Great tips, we are big beef grillers :-)

  38. Those burgers look sooo good!

  39. I had no idea about the salt/fat thing! For hamburgers, dry is the way to go – love how flavorful they come out!

  40. I like the dry rub recipe,and I like your pasta salad recipe! Your pasta and meat look delicious! Hamburgers taste so much better when I make them my self! But I never thought about rubbing the meat with a dry rub!

  41. I rated the recipe as 5 stars!

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