Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How To Make Stuffed Burgers - Two Options

Stuffed hamburgers have been around since at least 1954 but it seems like they have been a bit of a trend the past few years.  Or maybe I'm just noticing them more often since the Food Wars episode about the Jucy Lucy burger battle in Minnesota

Either way, I received a sample of the Burger Pocket Press to try out and decided to challenge it against my normal hand made process.  Excuse the weird audio at the end.  I was using a computer with an underpowered processor, I wasn't turning into Charlie Brown's teacher.  Waa wah wah waaa.



So how did the Burger Pocket Press do against my two hands?  I was honestly surprised.  Going into this my assumption was that this would do a decent job but nothing I couldn't already do by hand.  


I guess the biggest "wow" was the time difference.  As I was making them, it seemed like the Burger Pocket Press took much longer to make each burger than doing them by hand.  But after timing it on video, it turned out I was wrong.

Doing them by hand is still easier in my opinion, but that's just what I'm used to.  Old dog, new trick.

Hand made burger on left, Burger Pocket Press on right.

I was worried the Burger Pocket Press might not seal the burger as well.  That's why I focused on the "push and twist" technique and it worked because none of the 4 pressed burgers ruptured.  If you just press straight down like their video shows, I doubt you'd get the same seal.  Then again, I was sloppy with my hand made patties, normally most of mine hold up. 

There was no taste difference between the burgers.

I didn't plan on rating this category, it happened spontaneously.  No one in the house has EVER offered to help me with making burgers.  But as I was doing these, everyone was curious and my wife and 11 y/o son both got involved, having fun making their own burgers.  Even after dinner, both of them kept offering ideas for the ultimate stuffed burger recipe.

Some of the other selling points about this tool is that it is dishwasher safe, made in the USA, and can also be used to make regular hamburger patties.  The only downside is that I think the price point might be a deterrent for impulse buys.




In summary, whether made by hand or Burger Pocket Press stuffed burgers are juicylicious, fun, and get attention from the crowd.  If you really want to impress your family and friends at cook outs this summer, don't just grill burgers.....tell 'em to STUFF IT!

[Standard Disclaimer]  I received the Burger Pocket Press as a free sample from the manufacturer. 

21 comments:

  1. I saw one of these at the store the other day...even picked it up and thought about how good a juicy lucy would be...then figured I'd save the money and make it by hand. ha! Both versions look fabulous! Want one! Wa wa wa wa wa...

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  2. Never knew they made such a device, but of course now I want one!

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  3. The burgers look fab! What a fun gadget that actually works! I usually have too many blow outs or my seam doesn't hold - very frustrating! I'll have to look for this fun tool.

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  4. Jalapeno/cheddar stuffed burgers are the most requested food around here in the summer. However, I use a rolling pin and plastic wrap to make them thin, and sometimes all that squishing makes them rubbery. I'm glad to hear the press doesn't do that, and even more interested in trying your simpler method of hand pressing them. Now I'm off to make burgers. :)

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  5. I haven't seen these in the stores, but it looks pretty neat.

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  6. I would love to have one of those! But making it by hand is part of the fun! Stuffed burgers rock - yours looks perfect.

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  7. What about...2 patties with the stuffed patty in the middle and skip the bun, just sayin. Seriously both look great but I like to use my hands.

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  8. They used to make 'Juicy Lucy' jokes on Mystery Science Theater sometimes. (Those guys are all from Minnesota).

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  9. Is this some kind of a joke? I mean, a person needs a burger press? Wah, wah, wah. Not meaning to be mean here, just saying ... wah, wah, wah.

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  10. Very cool... I've always wondered how well those things worked. I tend to not do as well with my hand formed ones as you do...I might want to consider investing...???

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  11. I've got to have one of these stuffed burgers...now.

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  12. That food wars episode was good. I love hiding spicy ingredients in the burger. That way I can trick Dana into eating them. Great video!

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  13. I loved your video! And I love your comparison chart! I haven't made a successful stuffed burger yet... it is on my to-do list now! You make stuffing burgers look so simple. I'm gonna start with the traditional way and do it by hand to see how good I can do it :) I really enjoyed this, thanks!

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  14. we have a burger press, but have never used it for stuffing burgers. i've actually never tried stuffed burgers, but i can't imagine anything stuffed with cheese could be bad!

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  15. As usual, video was very well done and the burgers look delicious.

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  16. These would be a big hit with the guys here at my house. Sounds like the burger press is well worth it for the extra family time :-)

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  17. I would kick your ass SO FUCKING hard if you ever gave me one of those burgers without telling me before hand. ASIDE from that, THATS SO COOL!!!

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  18. Great Post. I love the chart. I love the burgers. I'm salivating here . . .

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  19. I so want one of these! This would have been a great tool when I was making my Jucy Lucy burgers (and doing a dismal job). I'm going to look for one next week when I'm in the States.

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  20. I made these when I was in Dallas two years ago, but a gadget? Hmmm, when are you going to invent something and retire? Nahhhh, you look good behind the green egg after working all day...

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