Grilling hamburgers. Not just an ordinary hamburger. A perfect hamburger. Some say it takes skill. I say it takes a burger press. Too thin… you risk breaking when flipping. Too thick…and you risk under cooking. It’s virtually impossible to form perfectly uniform hamburgers by hand. The natural shape of your hand tends to create burgers that are thicker in the middle and thinner on the sides which can result in inconsistent cooking. With a burger press, you simply fill with ground beef or whatever burger seasonings/ingredients you choose, press down and then remove. I recommend placing a piece of wax paper in between the finished burgers to prevent sticking until you get to the grill. Burger presses are great for making ahead and freezing so that you have perfectly shaped hamburgers ready to go when you need them.
A burger press can run from $6.99 for a single plastic press up to $35 for a cast iron burger press. Really, in this case you get what you pay for. If you are a burger fanatic, invest in a good one… a plastic one is probably not for you. If you rarely grill burgers, just grab a plastic one.
Happy grilling everyone!