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Old 11-30-2021, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Advice on a good patty press?

I hate making homemade hamburger patties because, well I suck at it. Never are the same different thicknesses. The last cheap plastic patty maker I had sucked even more. Wouldn't form patties and they would fall apart. Any advice on a good patty press? Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2021, 03:00 PM   #2
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I find patty presses to be a PITA. If I need a uniform patty I'll use a ring mold and stuff the meat into.

If you're cooking on a flat top, it's easier to just roll the meat into balls and press them into patties with your spatula on the griddle ala Smash Burger style.
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Old 11-30-2021, 07:32 PM   #3
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I use a Wesson hamburger press along with the associated patty papers both above and below the burger. The thickness is adjustable and it produces consistent burgers. You have to do your part and put about the same amount of meat in every time. I make about 50 or so out of fresh ground burger the morning of a big bbq and actually weigh the meat for each patty to make sure they are around 1/4 lb each. After a while you can eyeball it. The other thing is to never work the meat before the press or you can get a tough burger.
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Old 11-30-2021, 09:00 PM   #4
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This works for me:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

With hamburger patty papers: https://www.amazon.com/Hamburger-She...ING_PAPER&th=1

I portion/weigh the meat into a ball, place on a patty paper, cover with another patty paper and press.
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This works for me:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

With hamburger patty papers: https://www.amazon.com/Hamburger-She...ING_PAPER&th=1

I portion/weigh the meat into a ball, place on a patty paper, cover with another patty paper and press.
That paper looks like it would be amazing to go between the meat ball and a spatula on smashburgers.
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I use a 4oz disher and the Weber 1/4 lb & 1/2 lb Patty Press. It works quite well.

https://www.amazon.com/Winco-ICD-8-D...3YC/ref=sr_1_4

https://www.amazon.com/Weber-6483-Or...8YE/ref=sr_1_3
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I just weigh out each patty of meat on a kitchen scale before forming by hand and they all tend to wind up fairly uniform. 3oz for smash burger doubles, 6oz or 8oz for grown up burgers.
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I picked up a Harbor Freight patty press that does 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2# patties. Use it with patty papers and freeze the pattys and then foodsaver them for storage. Use the 1/3# size the most.
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Thanks for posting. Made me realize I still didn't have one and went searching. I have no feedback on this yet, but got good reviews on amazon and does a 5in patty. Comes with some papers too.

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That paper looks like it would be amazing to go between the meat ball and a spatula on smashburgers.

That's what I do, except I use the square paper. You can usually use 1 sheet for multiple patties. It greatly simplifies the process and removes any of the sticking issues.
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That's what I do, except I use the square paper. You can usually use 1 sheet for multiple patties. It greatly simplifies the process and removes any of the sticking issues.
Makes sense. I've used parchment paper in the past, but always get frustrated at cutting them, fighting it curling up, the wind catching and blowing the curls away, etc. Something the right size, premade, and dirt cheap-seems like a winning option.
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Thanks for all the suggestions! Good stuff here.
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Weber press ...

https://www.amazon.com/Weber-6483-Or...14498795&psc=1
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Makes sense. I've used parchment paper in the past, but always get frustrated at cutting them, fighting it curling up, the wind catching and blowing the curls away, etc. Something the right size, premade, and dirt cheap-seems like a winning option.

Oh I meant the precut squares. They're maybe 4" and come in a box of 1000.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JLRVRTS...dDbGljaz10cnVl
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