Here's the thing. You can now get Pat LaFrieda beef through US Foods, a nationwide food service that probably delivers food to a ton of restaurants you've been to. Check out this LINK.
A buddy of mine just tasted it here in Denver. We were both skeptical since it comes pre-formed and pre-ground. But, here are my buddy Jeff's thoughts on it:
Okay - 8 oz, pre formed, Pat LaFrieda patty. He doesn't tell you the fat content (but it was for sure 80/20 or more fat) He doesn't tell you the exact blend... but they said some chuck, some short rib, and then other cuts.
Salted and rubbed with a little oil and then thrown on the grill. Nice crust b/c of the oil... grilled to a perfect medium rare.
REALLY good flavor, and just the right amount of juiciness.
We had these buns that were part hamburger bun part croissant. It was a little sweet, a little flakey, but the bottom was soft and held up to the moisture.
On the burger was a melted slice of blue jack, part blue cheese (flavor) and part jack cheese (melt). chopped raw white onion, thin sliced dill pickles, shredded green leaf lettuce (really nice touch) NO SAUCE...
Overall top 3 burger I have had in 2012