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May 15, 2011 07:13 PM

Food processor or KitchenAid stand mixer for grinding meat?


I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat a lot of ground meat. That said, I am supremely enticed by Kenji Alt's Big Mac recipe on Serious Eats ( ). I have a food processor, my girlfriend has a KitchenAid stand mixer. Should I grind the meat for this burger (or any future burgers) in the processor, or buy a meat grinder attachment for the KitchenAid and use that? Is it worth the $50?

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  1. I'd prefer the meat grinder attachment for the KA mixer because it "grinds" the meat as opposed to simply chopping it up into increasing smaller pieces. I like the finished texture better from the grinder. But it's simply a matter of preference. Either will do the job.
    P.S. Your link doesn't work ... One of these:
    I presume.

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    1. re: todao

      My dad had a meat grinder, but I've never done it. Just not that into meat...

      BUT I did see an episode of America's Test Kitchen where they made homemade hamburgers and they froze 1 inch meat cubes a short time (maybe 15 min??) and then ground them in a food processor. Surprised me because I didn't know it was possible. That seemed to be their method of choice.

    2. How about for pureeing meat? I have a recipe for gyros that requires the meat to be pureed.