Product Type: Kitchen Craft gadgets
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Home made burgers, which will make you never want to eat out again!!!
Kitchen Craft Hamburger Maker
Member Name: paulie1975
Kitchen Craft Hamburger Maker
Advantages: Cheap, easy to store, very handy
Disadvantages: The burgers can only be made in one size
I first saw hamburger makers in the Lakeland catalogue and dismissed them as I really believed my home made burgers were good enough. Being honest there was a bit of male pride involved as my burgers were nicely flavoured but for some reason despite adding pieces of cracker a la Jamie Oliver, or egg yolk a la Nigel Slater, they always seemed to come out of the fridge and fall apart slightly in the pan, despite how long I had left them in the fridge to set.
I decided that perhaps buying these would be worth a try, I bought these rather than the Lakeland ones, simply because the Amazon offer was slightly cheaper at £4.99 and included 100 extra wax discs.
I had no idea what these were, but used the philosophy that it sounded like a good deal, and if Lakeland were doing it, it must be both time saving and pretty clever.
The Kitchen Craft Hamburger Maker is a small white plastic press which can fit very easily into any cupboard, it takes up little space but I have found it very useful in helping me perfect my burger making skills.
Basically this is an incredibly simple device that has made my burgers much more acceptable, although much smaller, so it has a really positive side, balanced by something which I hope they could improve in the future.
Generally you would mould burgers into a shape and then set in the fridge, with these, you place a wax disc in the burger maker, place your burger mix on top of it, add another wax disc and then press the burger.
The press is easier to clean because you have the wax discs holding the burgers together, there will be small bits of mince on the press but this is easy enough to wash off, also the burgers easily come away from the wax strips, which was my biggest initial fear, that they would come apart straight after coming off of the press.
The wax discs are the key here, as you can put 3 or 4 burgers on the press (or you could do more, but I never really need to do more than that in one go) and so long as they are separated by the wax discs then you can press them all and prepare them for cooking.
The burgers are pressed out into a much better consistency than I used to make and they stick together meaning they cook through more evenly and taste much better. I used to make massive home made burgers and these are much smaller, so you are limited to a specific size, but they are still larger than supermarket frozen varieties so you will still fill a bun easily, just not a baguette as I used to!!!
This allows you to make a decent number of burgers and I have even started freezing my own which is quite an achievement, you can get quite few burgers out of a pack of mince with this machine as it only allows the size of the press meaning you don't overdo it like I used to.
You can easily buy further wax pads on Amazon, so don't worry about that, and being fair, it would take any reasonable family a good 4-6 months to eat 100 burgers anyway....wouldn't it?
Overall this is a decent product, it is by no means a necessity, but for under a fiver it has I suggest allowed me to get loads more burgers out of mince, freezing some and has paid for itself almost with the first pressing of burgers, forcing me to be less greedy, but also allowing me to experiment with tastes rather than simply concentrating on making the burgers stay together.
A decent 4 out of 5 product that I think is damned useful for me and my family. It allows you the freedom to decide the fat content of the mince, the seasonings and flavours, and I think is cheaper and healthier than buying them frozen. If you're a great cook it may not be for you, but for me it has saved me time in the kitchen and money and given me more freedom to experiment adding chillies, herbs and on occasion crushed up olives, the sky is the limit because of this handy little plastic contraption!
We've been so impressed with the quality of this product that we have since bought a few more of the Kitchen Craft range, as they are good value, very innovative and offer something new and interesting in the kitchen.
Summary: More Useful than it Sounds
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