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Dec 2, 2012 01:22 PM

Hamburger Press?

My husband says he wants a hamburger press. Are they useful, or useless? If anyone thinks they are useful and has a brand to recommend I would appreciate it.


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  1. To form raw meat into patties or to put on top of the patty while cooking?

    If the former, a wide mouth canning ring works fine. If the latter idk.

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    1. re: kengk

      Hi, thanks. It is for forming the patty.

    2. We have this: and it is the best thing to happen to my burgers. They come out juicy and perfect every time.

      1. Our hubbies must be brothers :-) Due to popular pressure I finally bought a couple but never liked them. Finally found the Progressive one and have been happily using it since. I don't often use little bump-maker insert.

        btw, I cut squares of parchment paper to go below/above the burger prior to "squeezing" so there's much less fuss and direct handling of raw patties afterward. I tried using round parchment shapes, thinking that it might work better, but I found out that they're much more likely to be cooked with the hamburger when one isn't quite paying attention -- ooops!

          1. I never press hamburger. You can get uniform looking burgers, but you press out the air and have a dense burger that does not cook or grill up as well. A lightly patted burger will have more juice and flavor.

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            1. re: CyndiA

              This. One of the main ideas in making good burgers is to handle the meat as lightly as possible. A press is not only not needed, it's actually detrimental to a great burger.

              Here's a link to really excellent article on burger shaping. In fact, all of the Serious Eats Burger Lab articles are good, and will help make your husband a world class burger chef.


              1. re: JonParker

                Excellent! I kind of though they were unnecessary, but now I have proof!

                Thank you!

                1. re: JonParker

                  Another case of 'the way you like it isn't as good as the way I like it.'

                2. re: CyndiA

                  definitely! I have a square press, as I like burgers on toast, and I really wanted to like the thing, but now I know why burgers I formed by hand, come so much better

                  1. re: CyndiA

                    AND, hand forming them creates the little nooks and crannies for garlic butter to settle into when I baste them after taking them off the grill!