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=== The product ===
This is a small white plastic press which is designed to be easy to store. This is small enough that it fits in any of my kitchen cupboards no problems at all.
=== How to use ===
This is very simple, place a wax disc, put your mince mix on the top, cover with another wax disc and then press the maker down. You will then have a wonderful burger that is made in just a matter of seconds and moulded in to a great shape that holds together well and is ideal for cooking.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from numerous stockists and is often available from Amazon.co.uk for around £4.00 and this include 100 wax discs. You can also buy 100 wax disc refill packets for just a few pounds also making these fantastic value for money.
=== Overall opinion ===
Well this press is very simple to use & simple to clean. It is very simple to make a burger using these and you can actually make more than one in one go if you like, however, I like to make one at a time to ensure that they are perfect. After making a burger you will find a little mess left behind in the press and you can simply just wash this with a soapy sponge.
I find that these are the ideal size for cooking. They cook evenly and thoroughly and they are an ideal size for a standard burger bun. You can get a good amount of burgers from one packet of mince and I usually buy an 800g packet of mince, add spices, egg yolk and various other ingredients and then make up a huge batch, some of which I freeze.
The burgers that I now make are fantastic. They stay together well and they are nice enough to present to guests when having friends over for drinks. I can control the quality of the meat that I use and I can also add lots of different herbs and spices to create different flavours.
I really do like this hamburger maker. It is not an essential kitchen item but it allows me to make very nice hamburgers that my whole family enjoy and I can just make a huge batch, in about 10 or 15 minutes, and then place some in the freezer meaning I can stock up my freezer with minimal fuss and effort. My husband is a particular fan of a nice burger and this way I can make my own rolls and make my own burgers so I know exactly what is going to in to the food that we are eating.
I had tried to make burgers a few times but always found that they disintegrated when cooking them and it is only since buying this little device from Kitchen Craft that I have been able to make ones that do not fall apart at all with maybe only a very little bit of burger comming away in the pan.
Basically what you get is a small hand operated press that helps to compact your burgers before chilling them in the fridge, this means that the ingredients bind together a lot better and you end up with a much better finished item at the end of the day. It comes with 100 small circular wax discs, they are not very big so that does restrict the size of your burger as once you have mixed the ingredients and moulded it into a pattie you place this on the disc making sure that it fits to size, then you place another disc on top. You can then add another burger remembering to put another disc on top, if you do them individually you will use the discs up faster. You then use the white plastic press to compact the burger mix and then pop in the fridge, after removing the discs, for it all to set, this compacting does make all the difference.
The discs come away from the burger mix easily enough because of the waxed qualities and the press itself is easy to clean with warm water as it comes apart easily. You get a burger that is bigger than most standard frozen ones but not as bulky as some you get, say in the Sainsbury finest range.
Given that it only cost £4.99 and you get 100 discs included then it is a nice cheap little gadget. Given that we do ot eat burgers that often, mainly in the BBQ season, he discs will last a pretty long time I reckon and even if you use them up replacement discs are £2.50 for 250 on Amazon.
I have been sorting out some kitchen drawers and cupboards all day and have to finally admit that I have inherited my love of kitchen gadgets from my late mother. I have several unused (and will never be used) items all bagged up ready to donate to the charity shop but one thing I will not part with is my trusty Kitchen Craft Hamburger Maker.
I bought this a while ago online from Kitchencraft and it cost £4.50 plus p&p and can honestly say it is worth every penny.
What size is it?
The burger-maker is approximately 4.75" and the burgers measure about 3.75"
Is it easy to use?
Definitely. The step by step instructions are with the box but, once used, never forgottten and there is even a recipe included. Basically all you do is use one of the 100 wax circle discs included, add the burger mixture, pop another disc on top and finally push down. Voila!
You can do more than one burger at a time (as long as you use the waxy discs to separate) but the maximum I've tried is 3 before pushing.
is it easy to clean?
Yes it is but you need to wash it by hand - not a problem though as it does not really have much residue and it just needs to be washed in soapy water, rinsed and left to dry naturally.
How many discs do you get with it?
There are 100 to get you started which, unless wasted, will make 50 good-sized burgers. Replacements can be bought from Kitchencraft, Lakeland or Amazon - £2.50 for 250.
Is it just for hamburgers?
Noooooo - I have made chicken, fish, veggie burgers and quorn burgers which, incidentally, seem to bind together better if you use some egg or a few breadcrumbs.
Is it worth the effort/ money?
Well in my opinion there is no effort involved - I think it is fun inventing new types of burger.
I think it is definitely worth the money because, although a bit smaller than what you find in the supermarket, you know the exact ingredients and the cost of each burger is pence (depending on what you use).
it is also a good way of using up any leftovers and getting children involved in the kitchen.
i would definitely recommend buying one of these but sorry, you won't be getting hold of mine in the local charity shop!
I'm always a little bit dubious about kitchen gadgets and my doubts are not unfounded... you see, I have two drawers in my kitchen that are dedicated to those labour saving marvels that you can buy from glossy catalogues that appear on my doormat on a regular basis. Most of them still in unused condition and I'm afraid the greater majority are destined to become car boot sale fodder.
However. There are a few exceptions and this dear reader is one such case.
Let me introduce you to my little friend... The Kitchen Craft Hamburger Maker.
Now, I love to make my own burgers and I have to admit, they are very tasty indeed. In fact, if there is one thing the entire family agree on then it's that Dad sure makes a tasty burger.
The downside is though, that they have always looked a bit of a mess. Let's face it, burgers are supposed to be round. Fact.
So, this is where the hamburger maker can really help you out.
All you do is place a wax disc (100 supplied) into the hamburger maker, followed by your mixture, then another disc, flip it over and press.
Whoomp, there it is! A perfectly rounded burger. Tasty and looking good.
Also, the mince is compressed and more likely to hold together in the cooking process. It really is so simple and safe to use. My little lad is 4 and he loves to help me out, in fact he can make his own burgers with the minimum of supervision, so it really is very straightforward.
It's a clean and efficient way of making professional looking burgers. Everything comes apart for cleaning and that also enables you to gather up any excess mince that remains in the press and maybe even make an extra bonus burger! I average about 15 burgers per 500g of mince, plus some onion, egg and whatever else I throw in for flavour.
I'm very happy with my purchase and it got a lot of use last summer and will again this year. Mine cost £4.99 from Amazon and they also sell extra wax discs at £2.50 for 250. As mentioned earlier, you get 100 with the maker.
So, this device will not make your homemade burgers any tastier but they will almost certainly be easier on the eye when you serve them to friends and family at a summer bbq!
I hope this review has been of interest.
Thanks for reading,
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.