Hamburgers are a staple in any household. In fact, according to agricultural experts, approximately 25 million burgers are eaten by Americans every year. Now, if you’ve ever made burgers, then you already know that it can be a tedious process, especially if you want to get all your patties perfectly round and uniform in size. Plus, it can get pretty frustrating when you’re shaping a patty only to have it fall apart on you. Fortunately, there’s a handy tool that can help make it easier for anyone to churn out perfect patties each and every time – a burger press. Aside from convenience, a burger press is a great way to ensure food safety and hygiene. The question is, what burger press should you get? There are plenty of choices, so finding the right one for you can take more time than you’re willing to spend. Fortunately, we’ve done all the work for you. Below is a list of all the best models in the market today along with a short review. All you’ll need to do now is choose which burger press on our list suits you perfectly.
Table of Contents
- Lodge LGPR3 Cast Iron Round Grill Press Review
- BBQ-Aid Burger Press Review
- Weston Burger Express Hamburger Press With Patty Ejector Review
- Cuisinart CABP-300 Adjustable Burger Press Review
- Meykers Burger Press 100 Patty Papers Set – Non-Stick Hamburger Press Review
- TDHDIKE 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press with 100 Free Burger Papers Review
- Bellemain Burger Press Non-Stick Hamburger Patty Maker Review
- Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press and Recipe eBook Review
- Mountain Grillers Burger Press Patty Burger Maker Review
- Charcoal Companion Cast Iron 8-3/4-Inch by 4-1/2-Inch Rectangular Grill Press Review
- Burger Press Buying Guide:
|Lodge LGPR3 Cast Iron Round Grill Press, Pre-Seasoned, 7.5-inch||--||BUY NOW||x x||LODGE|
|BBQ-Aid Burger Press||$15.99||11% OFFBUY NOW||x x||BBQ-Aid|
|Weston Burger Express Hamburger Press With Patty Ejector (07-0310-W), Makes 4 1/2" Patties, 1/4Lb To 3/4Lb||$19.99||BUY NOW||x x||Weston|
|Cuisinart CABP-300 Adjustable Burger Press, Makes 1/4lb to 3/4lb Patties||$15.92||20% OFFBUY NOW||x x||The Fulham Group|
|Meykers Burger Press 100 Patty Papers Set||$13.99||13% OFFBUY NOW||x x||Meykers|
|TDHDIKE 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press with 100 Free Burger Papers||$6.89||BUY NOW||x x||TOPODO|
|Bellemain Burger Press Non-Stick Hamburger Patty Maker Makes 4 1/2" Patties, 1/4lb to 3/4lb||--||BUY NOW||x x|
|Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press and Recipe eBook||$14.95||BUY NOW||x x||DSquared International LLC|
|Mountain Grillers Burger Press Patty Burger Maker||$12.95||23% OFFBUY NOW||x x||Vida Viva Home|
|Charcoal Companion Cast Iron 8-3/4-Inch by 4-1/2-Inch Rectangular Grill Press||--||BUY NOW||x x||Charcoal Companion|
Lodge LGPR3 Cast Iron Round Grill Press Review
The Lodge LGPR3 Cast Iron Round Grill Press isn’t your typical burger press. Unlike most of our picks on this list, this one is more for pressing down on your burger as it cooks, to “push out” any unwanted grease from your patties. If you preheat it, this press will also help speed up your burger’s cooking time considerably. The press itself is made of heavy duty cast iron and comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil. It features a “cool grip” spiral handle that feels comfortable in your hand and remains cool to the touch (hence, the name) even when preheated. You can use this press while cooking burgers over a stove, a campfire, or a grill. It’s hefty and incredibly durably. It’s considered the Cadillac of burger presses of this kind. The best thing about this press is that you can use it for more than just burgers. You can flatten bacon with it or even cook grilled cheese sandwiches. The only limit is your imagination.
BBQ-Aid Burger Press Review
The BBQ-Aid Burger Press is quite different from the Lodge Cast Iron Grill Press. This model is designed to help you create the perfect burgers from scratch. The mold features a stainless steel bottom and a heavy duty porcelain top. You can put your mixed ingredients inside the mold and press down with ease to create a proper burger. The bottom and top parts of the press creates grooves and a dimple in the center of the burger for even cooking and to prevent shrinking. Because it’s made of steel and porcelain, this burger press will definitely last you a good long while. Another great feature of this press is the fact that it’s over 5 inches in diameter which is wider than a lot of other burger presses you’ll find in the market. The only drawback is that you’ll need to use wax or parchment paper in order to prevent the patty from sticking to the press.
Weston Burger Express Hamburger Press With Patty Ejector Review
While we love the BBQ-Aid Burger Press, it lacks the ability to create burgers of varying thickness. And that’s where the Weston Burger Express comes in. This burger press allows you to create burgers of varying thickness (ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 and 1/2 inches) and weight (ranging from 1/4 pounds to 3/4 pounds). Aside from various patty sizes, this burger press is also perfect for making stuffed burgers. The press is made of nonstick heavy duty cast aluminum for durability and ease of use. There’s no need for wax or parchment paper to prevent the patties from sticking. In addition, this model comes with a spring plunger button which compacts your patty tightly then ejects it for quick removal. The entire process is effortless and fast which means you can make multiple patties in record time. One thing you should note is that this model is top heavy which can make it slightly unstable. A lot of users recommend mounting it to a cutting board to keep it in place while you press burgers.
Cuisinart CABP-300 Adjustable Burger Press Review
At a glance, you’d think that the Cuisinart CABP-300 Adjustable Burger Press and the Weston Burger Express were the same model. And you’d be pretty much right. These two models have a lot in common and we’re hard-pressed to choose which one’s better. Like our previous pick, this Cuisinart burger press is made of pre-seasoned, durable cast aluminum which provides durability and non-stick surfaces. It comes with a spring plunger for ease of use. No muscle required! This model also allows you to customize the size and weight of your burger. The thickness ranges from ¼ inch up to 1½ inches. The weight of the patty can be ¼ pound, ⅓ pound, or ½ pound. Moreover, this burger press allows you to make stuffed burgers with the least amount of fuss and mess. Speaking of messes, cleanup is easy but if you want the ultimate in convenience, use wax paper or plastic wrap so you won’t have to wash anything; just a quick wipe down will do. Doing this also helps you easily store extra patties in the freezer for later enjoyment.
Meykers Burger Press 100 Patty Papers Set – Non-Stick Hamburger Press Review
The Meykers Burger Press is more similar to the BBQ-Aid Burger Press than our other two favorites. It features a top and a bottom made of food grade aluminum alloy with a non-stick surface. Like the BBQ-Aid model, it features a molded handle which you can hold while pressing down on your patties. Within the press, you’ll find ridges which help create professional-looking grooves into your burger; the grooves not only makes your patties look good, they ensure that they cook evenly. The burger press comes with 100 free patty papers to keep your patties intact during removal and keeps cleanup to a minimum. So, what makes this burger press stand out from the rest? Well, three things. First, the plastic handle is detachable which makes the entire model much easier to store and transport should you want to make burgers while camping, etc. Two, the burger press can be used as a roast plate and heated directly. And three, the product is backed by a 100% satisfaction and money back guarantee.
TDHDIKE 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press with 100 Free Burger Papers Review
The TDHDIKE 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press helps you make the perfect stuffed burger. Unlike all regular burger presses such as the Meykers model or the spring-loaded models like the one from Cuisinart, this burger press features multiple parts – all of which are made of durable ABS plastic. It has a base where you can load a portion of the patty and “press one” that allows you to create a bowl-like indentation. The flat press portion of the burger press allows you to compress the upper and lower parts of the patty, sealing in all the stuffed goodies in the center. And to make patty removal easy, you can just push up from the bottom to get your patty out of the base. Press, fill, seal, and push. Easy peasy. That’s not all. This model also comes with a slider press, so you can make mini-burgers for your little ones to enjoy. All parts of the burger press are easy to clean because they’re dishwasher-safe. The non-stick coating ensures that no part of the patty gets stuck on the press. And for storing your freshly made patties, the product comes with 100 wax papers for you to use.
Bellemain Burger Press Non-Stick Hamburger Patty Maker Review
The Bellemain Burger Press is another model that allows you to adjust the thickness of your patty from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches thick. It also features a spring-loaded pusher like the Weston Burger Express model. And similar to previous models, this burger press creates patties with a diameter of 4 1/2 inches – the standard size of a burger. The heavy duty aluminum housing ensures durability while the non-stick coating ensures quick and complete patty release. So, what makes it different from all the others that have gone before? Unlike the other models, this burger press is very stable. It’s not top heavy at all; you don’t have to worry about the model tipping over when you open it or when compressing patties. No need to mount it to a cutting board either. Another thing we love about this model is ease of cleanup. You can easily disassemble the burger press in seconds AND place them in dishwasher (just don’t use auxiliary heat).
Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press and Recipe eBook Review
Say goodbye to boring burgers with the Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press. It’s a lot similar to the TDHDIKE model we previously reviewed. It features a large press, an indent press (for creating your “hole” in the burger), a sturdy base, and a removable lift plate. The entire burger press is made of BPA-free plastic which has non-stick surfaces and is dishwasher-safe. You can make up to 1/2 pound burgers with this burger press. Sounds a lot like something we already reviewed right? So, why is it on our list? First, the similarities are all good which has helped it earn a spot on our list – ease of use, easy to clean, and durability. Second, epic burgers to experiment on. The best thing about this burger press is that it comes with a recipe book filled with stuffed burger recipes for you to try. You’ll be in stuffed burger heaven every week!.Well worth the money, in our opinion.
Mountain Grillers Burger Press Patty Burger Maker Review
Perfect burgers are a breeze to make with the Mountain Grillers Burger Press. Like some of our other picks, namely the Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press, this model is also made of plastic with non-stick coating. This ensures the quick release of your patties from the press. Of course, the bottom of the press pops out to make removing patties that much easier. Similar to the Grillaholics model, the burger press allows you to make up to 1/2 pounders that are consistent in thickness and shape. The grooved design inside the press helps the burger cook evenly throughout. And the presence of the indent press allows you to add stuffed burgers to your menu. All parts of the burger press are dishwasher safe. There’s no need to stand behind the sink to clean up; just go back to your party and enjoy their praises on your perfect burgers. As an added bonus, Mountain Grillers includes 40 free wax patty papers so you can store your freshly made burgers for future consumption.
Charcoal Companion Cast Iron 8-3/4-Inch by 4-1/2-Inch Rectangular Grill Press Review
The Charcoal Companion Cast Iron 8-3/4-Inch by 4-1/2-Inch Rectangular Grill Press is much like the Lodge LGPR3 Cast Iron Round Grill Press. It’s not so much as a burger-making tool as it is a burger-cooking tool. The press is made of heavy cast iron for durability and heat retention. It features a raised ridge pattern at the bottom that can create beautiful grill marks on your burger when preheated and helps seal in the flavor. The weight of this press is designed to force unwanted grease to go out of your burger as it cooks. Unlike the Lodge model which is round, this press is rectangular in shape which allows you to press down on more than one patty at a time. It also enables you to use the press on other types of food that have varying sizes such as steaks, chicken breasts, and even sandwiches. If you want a burger press of this kind, you definitely can’t go wrong with the Charcoal Companion.
Burger Press Buying Guide:
If you’ve ever made burgers at home (and we’re not talking about cooking the premade ones you buy in your local supermarket), then you know that results often vary. Some are lopsided, others are of varying sizes. Some may look like blobs of meat while others are simply falling apart. This is why every kitchen needs to have a burger press. This handy kitchen tool is one that will enhance your burger-making skills and help you create the best homemade burgers you’ve ever tasted with the least amount of effort. Of course, that all depends on what burger press you end up getting. To help you decide, we’ve written a short but informative guide on what a great burger press should be able to do for you.
How many patties are you making?
If you’re only planning on making a burger or two, then a burger press that creates one patty at a time should do. But if you want to be able to create large batches for a group of people or for freezing, then you should consider a burger press that produces multiple patties at a time.
How big are the patties you want to make?
Everyone has their preference on how thick and wide their burger should be. The standard patty size measures around 4 inches in diameter and half an inch to one and a half inch in thickness. Some burger presses allow you to make smaller patties like sliders or bigger ones. Burger presses also have a pound limit (how much a patty will weigh). Most models will allow you to create burgers that are up to half a pound in weight.
What is your burger press made of?
Most burger presses are either made of plastic or metal (either aluminum or steel). What you choose will depend on your needs and preferences. Plastic is lightweight and easy to clean. However, it isn’t as durable as aluminum. Aluminum is great because it features a non-stick surface, making the press easy to use and clean. The same goes for steel. However, metal presses require more maintenance to ensure durability. You’ll need to dry the press completely to prevent rusting. In addition, a metal burger press is heavier and requires proper storage (again, to prevent rust).
Sticky or non-stick coating?
The last thing you want is for your patties to stick to the inside of the press. Non-stick coating is obviously a great feature. However, non-stick burger presses tend to be more expensive. To resolve this issue, some “sticky” burger presses come with packs of wax or parchment paper that help keep burgers from staying inside the press. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to buy refills (or make your own) once those packs run out.
How easy is it to use?
A burger press will either feature a built-in molded handle that you can press down to flatten the patty or a spring plunger. The latter is much easier to use and requires less effort from you. A molded handle, on the other hand, gives you more control when pressing the burger, but it does require more effort on your part.
Is it easy to clean?
For food safety, you need to thoroughly clean your burger press after use. Now, a burger press isn’t that hard to wash by hand. However, some burger presses make cleanup even easier – they’re dishwasher-safe.
Does it come with tools?
The best thing about having a burger press is that you can experiment with different types of burgers. To make experimenting much easier, some burger press models come with tools like a slider tool or a stuffing tool. A slider tool is a mold that lets you form slider (hence, the name). In case you aren’t familiar with the term, sliders are smaller patties that have a diameter of two to three inches.
A stuffing tool, on the other hand, helps you make stuffed burgers. It creates a dimple (an indentation) in the middle of your patty where you can stuff ingredients before covering it up with more meat. While you can definitely do this by hand, a stuffing tool helps keep the mess to a minimum.
What about price?
A burger press that creates single patties typically cost around $8 to $15. Models that cost between $15 to $30 usually have extra features such as packs of pre-cut wax or parchment papers to help prevent the patty from sticking to the press as well as plungers. Double and triple burger presses are placed at the higher end of this price range. Commercial burger presses, like the ones you’ll find in a professional kitchen, can cost you $130 or more.