The best hamburger press on the market today is the My Burger Daddy line of burger makers. Their burger presses are made of stainless for the commercial models and aluminum for the consumer based product line. A hamburger press is an extremely useful tool that can save a great deal of time. Creating burgers in a machine allows the user the ability to control what’s in their burgers as well.
Criteria for the Best Hamburger Press:
How the Hamburger Press Felt
OK so this may sound a bit weird, but a few of the burger presses we tested were very sloppy and poorly constructed. The commercial models that used all stainless steel construction fared the best when we dropped them a few times. Although dropping wasn’t recommended by any of the manufacturers, they do get abused a bit in the commercial kitchen Environment.
The Best Burger Press Feet
All of the presses we tested had rubber feet. However it’s the ones that have suction cups that worked the best under the pressure and weight when we squeezed the meat. One of the benefits to the commercial models is the stainless construction so we really put a lot of pressure on the arm of the unit. We found the ones that just sat on the work table and didn’t provide suction cups had a tendency to slip under the strain.
Correctly size the Hamburger Press
What we mean here is pick the right diameter hamburger press. If you are looking to make ½ pound burgers you’ll need a 5” model. Here is a size chart:
Up to 6oz 4” Hamburger Press
Up to 8oz 5” Hamburger Press
Up to 16oz 6” Hamburger Press
As you can see its relative easy to pick the correct size. Up until recently you would need to buy a separate model for each of the sizes you wanted to make. Fortunately, My Burger Daddy has just released a model with interchangeable heads that does 4” and 5” for around $250. It’s a great value considering each model sold separately runs about $300.
Best Hamburger Press ease of use
The smaller units we tested were horrible at making burgers. We tested a number of units that have a round disk on the bottom and another round disk with a piece of wood coming from the top. They look like a manual stamp machine. Although you can buy them for under $20 they get the meat for the hamburger stuck in the bottom portion and in order to get it out we had to slam it on the table. This process not only made a lot of noise but also deformed the burger. Once we fixed the burger it didn’t save us any time at all and looked just like one made by hand. We did discover a work around. We threw a 5” My Burger Daddy paper in the bottom and they came out fine. The issue is that they don’t come with papers, so if you’re getting frustrated, pick up a pack of 1000 5” rounds…. That should last you a few years…
The Perfect Burger Maker process
We found the best way to make 100 Hamburgers at a time was to do it in stages.
1. Grind the meat. There are a number of recipes out there but we liked the 15% fat top beef ratio. When we went leaner the meat fell apart when we cooked them.
2. Use a scale and portion each one out and put them on wax paper
3. Once we were done we put them back into the refrigerator. We wanted them to cool back down and get firmer.
4. We put the round wax paper down on the machine, picked up the burger with another piece of wax paper and smooshed it down a bit so the swinging head wouldn’t hit the meat. Don’t worry, you’ll see exactly what we are talking about.
Hamburger Maker Clean Up
After we made a mess with all the machines, we unscrewed the parts that touched the meat and threw them in the dishwasher. The stainless models came out perfectly clean. With minimal assembly we were back up and running.
Where Can You Purchase Them?
With a quick search in google the My Burger Daddy models were readily available. There are a number of retailers that carry the product line. In addition, they can be found in a number of hunting related shops and retailers. Many popular websites have been offering them with Yourburgermaker.com, Overstock.com, Wayfair, Foodservice Warehouse store and Cook’s Direct being among the most popular. You might also discover these presses at numerous outlet store although those stores have the tendency to not carry the complete product line.
The My Burger Daddy 1105 Hamburger Press is great for home use. Making burgers for later use is easy and convenient. The 5 inch burger is about ½ pounds and can easily be frozen. Not only does it make burgers, but it also makes crab cakes and veggie burgers.
Overall, the best hamburger press is made of stainless, has rubber suction cups on the feet, is easy to clean, doesn’t require excessive force and is durable. It’s one of those items that last 20-30 years with proper maintenance.