This week's temptation has more to do with the size of the serving rather than the food itself. Sure Kobe beef has a large amount of fat, but in a ¼ pound size, the fat is manageable. Unfortunately for Trader Joe's customers, the serving is ½ pound. The Kobe beef makes for a burger with a great taste and an even greater amount of saturated fat.
Though we extoll the extremes of food here at BalanceofFood.com, we don't normally go into a meal where the entree has 106% of the recommended saturated fat level, 86% of the recommended fat level, and 3.5 grams of trans fat.
In the plus column, the entree has 35g of protein and 40% of the daily iron requirement.
Having one every day? Not likely. Trying it once to try it? Well, read further.
I haven't had that much exposure to kobe beef. There was a place in Seattle that had half-price burgers on Wednesdays, including the kobe beef burger. The burger was marvelous — soft and flavorful.
The only burgers I normally buy at Trader Joe's are the buffalo steaks. But the chain has been out of them for a long time now. So when I saw the kobe burgers in the store, I thought they might be a substitute, even if buffalo is lower in fat than regular beef burgers. Only after I got home and looked at the box did I see the nutritional information. Wow!
Now, a 4 oz. patty would only have 28g of fat (43%), 10.5g of saturated fat (53%), and 1.75g of trans fat. Still a lot, but a lot safer for my heart and arteries (are you listening, Trader Joe's?).
I did try to split the patty lengthwise, and did not work out very well. You could split it longways and reform the patty. But the customers shouldn't have to work that hard when Trader Joe's can reproportion the size to fit an reasonable ideal.
And Trader Joe's can market 4 patties instead of 2 for the same price.
But until that happens, this won't be too much of a temptation. Then again, when the buffalo steaks come back (soon?), the Kobe beef won't be a temptation at all.