I've been to the meat counter several times in my day, and I've never seen what I saw the other day.
You're intrigued, aren't you? (wink)
An older couple had a giant box loaded with hamburger. I politely asked them if it was less expensive per pound if they bought in bulk, and they said--
Round steak was on sale for $1.99/lb. They picked out several steaks and asked the butcher to grind it for them into hamburger. Who knew. What a great tip!
The butcher gladly did the same for me, and I wound up with several pounds of ground round at the same price as 80/20 hamburger on sale. It is a little dry for hamburgers on the grill but great for everything else.
Using my reporting skills for you, upon further questioning of the butcher, you can do this with pretty much any cut of beef that's on sale, although some will make better hamburger than others. He said when chuck roasts go on sale, they grind up nicely into ground beef.
I once read (maybe it was Elizabeth Elliot who wrote to her daughter in Let Me Be a Woman) the recommendation to find a good butcher and get to know him/her well. The butcher will be an invaluable source of information in one's cooking life.
Linked to Works for Me Wednesday.