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Old 11-02-2016, 07:32 PM   #1
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Use a patty press for hamburgers?

I've wanted a patty press for a while and finally bought one last week for a buck on sale at a local store -- just one of the plastic ones.

I used it for the first time tonight on some burgers, and they came out great. They cooked very uniformly and stayed together. I put some EVOO, Old Bay Seasoning, salt/pepper, garlic inside the beef, mixed it up by hand, and pressed them down hard into the press. I cooked them in the cast iron skillet.

They definitely came out better than my normal burgers.

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Old 11-02-2016, 08:15 PM   #2
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One of those are on my list. I put a pat of butter in the middle of mine. But I have to make sure the sides are closed really good. I want the melted butter to stay inside. I also add seasoning that has been mixed into the meat.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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I have one, and like it. It helps to wet both the top and bottom before making the patties for easier release.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:44 PM   #4
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I use my tortilla press for that, and a plastic bag with the sides cut to help it release more easily.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:33 AM   #5
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I use my tortilla press for that, and a plastic bag with the sides cut to help it release more easily.
That would work too, but you wouldn't get the nice even edge with the burger press.

I also like to use it for chubs of Jimmy Dean Sausage. Just slice it into four slices for perfect no fuss sausage patties with breakfast.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:41 AM   #6
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Does anyone know if they make them for a double burger? Instead of enough meat for one, we like them nice and thick. So I always double the amount of meat.
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:49 AM   #7
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I've never seen them for a thicker patty. Why wouldn't you just make two, and pinch them together??
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That would work too, but you wouldn't get the nice even edge with the burger press.
Yeah, I take a few seconds to press a bit to make it more even, but then I don't have another gadget to store.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:09 AM   #9
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I had a press many many moons ago. don't really know what happened to it over the years. If I remember correctly there were several reasons it fell out of favour.

I never seemed to get the individual quantities even - now of course, I would use an ice cream scoop or actually measure them with an individual cup.

Seemed time consuming when you were making them for a meal right then - much faster to make patties and throw on to cook iinstead of measure, pack, press, unmold.

Was really only handy if you were making stacks for the freezer - which in the day was a rarity for me.

I might reconsider now.. but as mentioned - another piece of equipment to store for something that would rarely be used. If I had a household full, probably.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:46 AM   #10
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I use a large mouth canning jar lid. I got to the point that I needed another gadget drawer and said no more gadgets. I use them also for frying eggs. just oil them up good and works like a charm.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:59 AM   #11
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When we have burgers, I make a ⅓ Lb. burger for SO. She likes hers thinner. I make a half pound burger for myself. A patty press wouldn't work for me.
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:12 AM   #12
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Does anyone know if they make them for a double burger? Instead of enough meat for one, we like them nice and thick. So I always double the amount of meat.
Makes/molds/measures 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 pound burgers. Price $7.78
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:34 AM   #13
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I've never owned a patty press but if I had one I'd probably use it than not.

I use my hands to form, or I use a saucer, inverted, to press patties if I'm looking for uniformity and doing many.
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I usually "free hand" but when making a Juicy Lucy, the mold works great. I also use it for giant ice cream cookie sandwiches, but not very often.
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I use a large mouth canning jar lid. I got to the point that I needed another gadget drawer and said no more gadgets. I use them also for frying eggs. just oil them up good and works like a charm.
I do the same thing but, before pressing the ground meat into the lid, I put a piece of plastic wrap down. After the patty is formed, I simply lift it out of the lid and set it aside to cook or freeze. I return the plastic wrap to use again for as many patties as it stands up to. No mess. Quick and the lid goes into the dishwasher.
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I bought a cheapy one from grocery store. I think it was like 3 or 4 bucks. Love it.
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Makes/molds/measures 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 pound burgers. Price $7.78
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Aha! Just what I had in mind. Marked!
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I use a Vollrath #8 4oz disher to portion the meat and then form it by hand.

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ain't just for ice-cream no more! Handiest thing, got 2 sizes!
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Aha! Just what I had in mind. Marked!
Sorry ms.mofet. I just couldn't wait. I was placing an order with Jet and sure enough they had that particular press. So it should be here tomorrow. Thanks for the lead.
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