Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Product Review: Fully Loaded Burger Stuffer


While “Jucy Lucy [sic]” style burgers have been around since the mid-50's, the trend of stuffed burgers has exploded in 2011. BurgerBusiness.com even declared 2011 as the year of the stuffed burger. 


Like with any food trend, there is a myriad of products trying to strike while the iron is hot and today I'm reviewing one of those – the Fully Loaded Burger Stuffer byHeadchefs.


I've used the Burger Stuffer a few times and here are my observations:

Upside
  • They are very well manufactured. The silicone and plastic parts fit together well.
  • The tapered cup design balances out the stuffing to the burger. The edges are thicker which ended up grilling perfectly with zero “cheese ruptures”.
  • Easy to clean.

“Not so up” side
  • I still ended up having to hand seal the edges to get a good closure. Despite the thicker edges noted above, they just didn't mix together in the tool.  Then again, no burger stuffer tool I have tried did not require some hand sealing at the end.
  • Price point – it's a bit pricy for a uni-tasker tool that you might use a handful of times per year

Another thing is the 7 step process required per burger. On one hand, it is entertaining to use in a “playdough fun factory” kind of way. On the other hand it is a bit convoluted compared to just doing it by hand. 

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The burgers I made tonight were stuffed with pepper jack cheese and 1 Tablespoon of homemade salsa. I grilled them on my Big Green Egg at 450f using GrillGrates


I served them with a roasted red pepper mayo (1 Tbsp diced roasted red pepper and ¼ cup mayo). 


The flavors were simple and less extravagant than some of the over the top “burger stuffed with Himalayan yak cheese, shaved fennel and sodium free kosher salt” kind of things I've seen. But you know what? It worked.

[Standard Disclaimer] I received the Fully Loaded Burger Stuffer as a free review sample. I received my GrillGrates free at Kingsford University earlier this year but I would totally buy a set if someone stole mine – don't get any ideas, stay off my deck!

25 comments:

  1. Fine looking burgers Chris and thanks for the report. I'll have to keep my eyes open for Yak cheese :-)

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  2. Sounds delish... and I did not know that this was the new craze among the snooty-class... it seems so dystopian... the rich pretending that they are walking among the commoners with stuffed burgers... yeah, I know, I know, this is SO not the socio-political blog, but I am jus' sayin'...

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  3. I've always been a burger purist, but these look really enticing.

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  4. Sometimes simple is better anyway! These burgers look and sound delicious.. makes me want to run out and buy the burger stuffer!!

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  5. I love mini burgers! Good idea for a get together instead of big burger! I actually just had a dinner party for 15 and made big burgers and people only ate a few bites because of all the sides I made! Good thinking!

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  6. Beautiful food, glad I stumbled onto your site.

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  7. You had me at that top photo... The animation sequence suggests that these might be easier to use than some of those on the market with "many pieces" and that they it would be easier to remove the burgers for final sealing by hand.

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  8. Yo makin me want'em again! Hubby is going to ban ground meat in this house...LOL Seriously!

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  9. I think that device would be used once and put straight into the kitchen gadget drawer of no return at our house.

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  10. tHat oozing cheese...I need a cold shower.

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  11. I would definitely buy this little gadget - too cool! I've made a few stuffed burgers and this would have come in handy. Love all that cheesy goodness!

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  12. I'm sooooo drooling! These burgers look divine!

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  13. Those are good looking hamburgers-would make no difference if they were stuffed, or not. I do like the simplicity of the pepper jack cheese stuffing. Especially, right off the grill...that would be a delicious explosion of flavors.

    Velva

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  14. These look so delicious! Love the filling you chose. Burger stuffer.. quite funny choice of words.

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  15. these are cure pieces of heaven! nice photos

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  16. These look great, Chris! You almost made me spit my water with:
    “burger stuffed with Himalayan yak cheese, shaved fennel and sodium free kosher salt”

    Love it. I'm all over the simplest recipes and this one sounds so good!

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  17. The end burger result looks yummy, but are you going to use this gadget whenever you stuff burgers or are you going to shape the patties by hand? Just wondering... :-)


    Thanks, Chris!


    Kim in MD

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  18. Chris - I always love how thorough your reviews are and the animated step by step is really cool. I agree with you. It's hard to find room to store one off tools like this one. Additionally, I'm a total wierdo about dealing with raw meat and would rather just wash my hands making hand patties than wash my hands, the tool, and my counter. But then again I tend to be old fashioned and not into high tech at all. LOL!

    At any rate, your burger couldn't look more perfect! Perfect shape, perfect grill marks, and no cheese rupture.

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  19. Haha yak cheese. I haven't eaten a stuffed burger this summer! Poor, deprived me - I need to fix that. Your burgers couldn't look any better!

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  20. For a device you'll probably use just twice in an ear, $20 does seem a bit extravagant. I'll use my hands just fine, thank you!

    First time on the site though..and this definitely won't be my final visit :)

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  21. Those burgers look so good,Chris!Love your pictures.Love the melting cheese coming out :)

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  22. I just tried to make some stuffed burgers the other day and it was disastrous! Yours always look amazing with the perfect grill marks and that oozing cheese once sliced. I need a lesson from you!

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  23. First of all... could a burger look more mouth watering delicious? I think not.

    Second... I WANT THAT BURGER STUFFER.

    Third... you are a rock star with your animations!

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  24. I'm glad I read this, you saved me some money. I keep seeing these "neat" gadgets, but usually end up doing it the "old fashioned" way anyway instead of pulling out the gadget.

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