Stretching ground beef by adding oats to your recipe is an excellent way to stay within a budget. Cutting beef with oats also makes for a lower-calorie dish with less saturated fat per serving. Steel-cut oats have a lower glycemic index than rolled oats, instant oats or bread crumbs, which is important if you are watching your blood sugar levels or are on a low-carbohydrate diet. Oats are high in fiber and low in calories, making them an excellent choice for expanding your meal while watching your wallet -- and your waistline.
Crumble the raw ground beef into a large bowl.
Add steel-cut oats, or whatever kind of oats you prefer. The amount doesn’t have to be exact, but usually ¼ cup per every 2 lbs. of ground beef is a good proportion.
Crack an egg into a small bowl. Add enough milk to just about match the volume of the egg. Whisk them together.
Season the egg and milk with salt, pepper as well as seasonings of your choice, if you'd like. Montreal steak sauce seasoning works well for hamburgers, while Italian seasoning is appropriate for both meatloaf and meatballs.
Continue with your recipe as you would have without the addition of the oats, because adding them will not affect the cooking temperature or time.
Add chopped onions and Worcestershire sauce to hamburgers for a little extra flavor.
Do not use the same utensils for both raw and cooked beef. Wash your hands and equipment with hot water and soap before and after working with raw meat.