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Combine all spices into a large bowl and mix thoroughly into lean ground beef.
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Store the wet ingredients (lettuce, tomato, onion) separately from the dry ingredients (buns) in the fridge, and recombine when ready. Good for 2-3 days.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
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