Product Type: Lakeland gadgets
Newest Review: ... be purchased for £4.89 but I decided to wait and see how I got on with the press before buying additional wax discs. There was also a sm... more
I'm able to press quarter pounders with ease!
Lakeland Quarter Pounder Burger Press
Member Name: katykicker
Lakeland Quarter Pounder Burger Press
Advantages: Easy to use, works well, simple to clean, good price.
I love to do home cooking and baking and where possible I will always try to make a healthier version of a junk food snack. In the last year I've moved towards making my own meatballs, burgers and other meat related meals such as breaded chicken so that I can be sure I know what meat is going in to my meals and that the salt, sugar and fat is reduced as much as possible.
I already own a burger press, albeit a small one, and I have used this with great success for ages now. My husband mentioned that he would like a quarter pounder burger from time to time and so I set about looking for a bigger press where I could make just one burger for each of us. I actually spotted one when shopping in Lakeland a month or two back and I paid just £8.99 for this quarter pounder press and 100 wax discs too. 500 replacement discs can be purchased for £4.89 but I decided to wait and see how I got on with the press before buying additional wax discs. There was also a small selection of recipes that came with this but to be honest I haven't bothered using them because my husband is fussy and I know what he likes.
To make my burgers I like to take two packets of mince, approximately 1.5kg in weight, add egg yolks, breadcrumbs, onions, peppers and miscellaneous spices. Sometimes I also add some parmesan or cheddar for a little extra flavour. It takes me just a few minutes to prepare the mince and then I can set about making the burgers. Now dependant on the amount of additional ingredients that I add I can make about 15-18 burgers. I then freeze them with the wax discs in between to make it easier to take out the amount that I need, I always defrost them fully before cooking and find that they stick together very well.
Now to use this burger press is very simple. I just place a wax disc in to the burger press, add my already mixed filling which I press down using a wooden spoon, I then add another wax disc on to the top of the mixture, turn over the press, place it on my chopping board or liner and then press down on it. The press comes up and left on the side is a quarter pounder burger complete with a wax disc on either end. This whole process takes just half a minute or so, sometimes less, and so when I am making up a whole batch I am able to do it with ease and in just 10 minutes or so. This is ideal as it allows me to save money, and weight gain, by preparing my own home made quarter pounders and then freezing them.
After I have used this press it is very simple to clean by just rinsing it as soon as I am finished with it and then giving it a little soak with my normal washing up. This can be cleaned using a sponge and it takes just a few seconds. I don't have any problems with food sticking to it or anything like that either.
In addition to making beef burgers with this I've also made chicken burgers, fish cakes, lamb burgers and veggie burgers when we had friends over. I've had varied success with this and the only time I've had burgers that have been crumbly and not stuck together is when I've not used enough egg yolk or breadcrumbs to bind it all together. I really find that the burger press is useful at compacting the food and making it stay together and when using the same mix by hand I've not had results that were as good. I would definitely recommend this and would say that the press and enough wax discs for 50 burgers for under £10.00 is a bargain really and it has kept my husband away from Burger King for quite some time now! I am rating this 5 out of 5 stars as I feel that this is very simple to use and clean.
Summary: A fantastic quarter pounder press from Lakeland.
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