How Do You Make A Hamburger In A Meat Grinder? – [The Ultimate Guide]

Do you like hamburgers? I do. What about you? If so, then this is the place where will get the answer to the question – ‘How Do You Make A Hamburger In A Meat Grinder?

In this blog post, I will be discussing how to make a hamburger in a meat grinder at home.

This information is for those who want to know more about making a hamburger in a meat grinder and don’t want to spend all day looking up different websites and videos on YouTube.

So, if that sounds good to you, just read on…

Benefits of Grinding Meat At Home For Making A Hamburger In A Meat Grinder

Before I tell you about how you can make a hamburger in a meat grinder, I think it is essential to describe the benefits of grinding meat at home for making hamburgers.

This will surely give you a precise idea about why should you grind your own meat for making burgers in a meat grinder.

So, here we go…

  • It is cost-effective and saves money on buying ground meat from stores every time you want to make hamburgers at home;
  • You can grind your own beef, pork, lamb, or any other type of animal’s meat for making burgers in a meat grinder;
  • The homemade burger tastes better than store-bought ones because it contains less preservatives and chemicals; 
  • You can choose the quality of meat you want to use for making burgers in a meat grinder;
  • Your ground beef will be fresh and safe if you grind it yourself.

You Need To Know That The Meat You Eat Is Safe

That means home-ground meats are less likely to contain bacteria than store-bought ground beef.

It’s because when you grind your own meat at home, there are no chances of cross-contaminating it with other pieces of raw or undercooked meats from the supermarket which might contain harmful bacteria.

So, you and your family can enjoy a safe meal by grinding meat at home for making hamburgers in a meat grinder.

Note: The risk of getting food-borne illness from ground beef is not as high if it’s cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit or above before eating. However, cooking won’t kill all of the germs that may be present in raw beef.

Also, some people like their burgers pink inside or even not cooked at all which can cause food-borne illness to those who eat them without cooking properly.  

So, if you want a safe and wholesome meal for your family and friends and don’t mind spending time grinding meat at home, then definitely go ahead!

That’s because making hamburgers is an excellent way to avoid harmful bacteria from ground beef found in most stores today by using a meat grinder.      

And this brings me to my next point…

When you buy pre-ground meats from supermarkets whether it’s chicken, turkey, pork, or especially beef, you can’t be 100% sure that it’s safe to eat.

As a matter of fact, the meat you ate may contain harmful bacteria like E-Coli and Salmonella which can make people very sick and even lead to death in some cases.

So, if this is not something that concerns or worries you, then go ahead! But those who want nothing but the best for their family should definitely read on…      

Please Note: Not all store-bought ground meats contain such harmful bacteria as mentioned above such as grass-fed beef because cattle raised outdoors are less likely than grain-fed ones to harbor these disease-causing germs due to low-stress levels.  However, they both pose potential risks to you and your family.

Read More: Can You Grind Bones In A Meat Grinder?

The Best Meat To Grind For Hamburgers

Before answering the question – how do you make a hamburger in a meat grinder – first, I need to tell you about the best meat to grind for hamburgers.

If you can’t choose the right meat for making hamburgers, then the end result will be nothing but a disappointment.

If you ask any experienced chef about the best meat for hamburgers, the answer will be beef and pork.

However, beef is relatively the preferred one because you can get a wide variety of cuts and pieces.

Chuck Steak

When you will be selecting the part of beef or pork for grinding purposes, it will be better to choose chuck steak.

This part of the beef meat is dark red in color and has a good amount of marbling (intramuscular fat) which is necessary for making hamburger meat that stays moist, juicy, and very flavorful.

When you are grinding beef chuck steak in a meat grinder, it will be better to have it around 32% to 35% of the total weight of ground meat.

Pork Shoulder Blade Roast

You can also use pork shoulder blade roast for making hamburgers by grinding it in your home-meat grinder.

There are different types of cuts available when you want to purchase pork shoulder blade roast at stores, so pick one with an appropriate amount of fat content because too much or too little fat means dryness when cooked.

Sirloin (Tri-Tip)

Another popular beef cut that you can choose to grind in your meat grinder machine for making a hamburger patty is the sirloin. 

This cut is slightly expensive than other cuts like the chuck steak which provides much flavor, aroma, and moisture when cooked.

So, if you want to make your hamburger patties juicy, tasty, and much healthier without any doubt, then use sirloin (tri-tip) instead of chuck. 

Bottom Sirloin Roast

Bottom sirloin roast is a good choice to grind in your meat grinder for making hamburger patties.

This cut has a moderate amount of marbling which makes it equally tasty as chuck steak but less popular than other typical cuts.

However, you can’t go wrong with this cut because the price is very reasonable compared to other typical beef cuts plus you will get that same delicious flavor and taste if ground properly.

Brisket

 If you want to make a delicious hamburger patty using a meat grinder, then choose a cut from brisket.

The reason why this beef cut is so popular among many professional and amateur chefs is because it has enough marbling to provide much flavor when cooked plus the price is very reasonable when compared with other cuts.

Bottom Round Steak

Another good choice for ground beef to add in your hamburgers is the bottom round steak.

This cut provides much moister which keeps the hamburger tender and juicy while cooking plus you will get a flavorful taste when mixed with other ingredients.

Hanger Steak and Skirt Steak

If you want your hamburgers to have a high level of richness, then go for hanger steak and skirt steak.

These beef cuts will provide spicy flavor in addition to that taste when mixed with other ingredients which you used to make the patties.

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What Is The Best Beef Mix For Burgers?

This is another question about how do you make a hamburger in a meat grinder because it’s very important to know what kind of beef cuts should be used to make great-tasting hamburgers.

There are basically two parts of beef that are used for grinding purposes.

Chuck Steak

This cut is usually expensive, so using it alone will not give you the desired quantity of hamburgers.

That’s why some people mix chuck with other cuts like round steak or plate to reduce costs and simultaneously increase their yield.

Fat Content

The leaner the meat the better the burger will be because too much fat means less juiciness and dryness.

Here are my recommendations about what kind of beef cuts should be used to make great tasting burgers:

  • 1/3 Chuck Steak: This cut has good marbling which keeps ground beef juicy, flavorful and tasty.  
  • 1/3 Round Steak: This cut is lean and inexpensive, so it can be mixed with other beef cuts to reduce the cost of making hamburgers without compromising on the flavor.
  • 1/3 Boneless Blade Roast or Chuck Arm Roast: This cut is also lean and has a high amount of marbling which makes ground beef juicy, flavorful and tasty. 

What Size Grinding Plate Is Best For Hamburger?

When choosing a meat grinder for grinding your own meats at home, please keep in mind that they come with multiple-sized plates for different purposes such as fine, medium, and coarse grindings.

You have to choose the right size of the grinding plate for your desired outcome.

For instance…

  • If you want your ground meat to have a finer texture for cooking purposes then use the 8-mm or 3/8″ grinder plate.
  • And for coarse-textured meats that are desirable in many traditional sausages and some whole muscle hams, use a 10-mm or 1/4″ – 3/8″ grinder plate.
  • To get a very fine texture for your ground meat, you should use 3/8″ (size of the grinding plate) or 8-mm (size of the grinding plate).
  • For medium textured burgers that are ideal for many traditional sausages and whole muscle hams, you can use 1/4″ or 10-mm (size of the grinding plate).
  • For very coarse-textured meats, you may use 11-mm or 3/8″ (size of the grinding plate). 

Also Read: How Do You Grind Meat Without A Meat Grinder?

How Do You Make A Hamburger In A Meat Grinder?

In the following, I am going to share an easy step-by-step guideline on how to make hamburger meat by using a meat grinder machine.

Here it goes:

STEP 1

You will need your choice of cut(s) from the beef and pork, bread crumbs (any kind such as panko breadcrumbs or homemade bread crumbs), egg, onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce for making patties.

STEP 2

If you are grinding beef chuck steak in a meat grinder, then mix the ground beef with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce first before adding other ingredients like egg or breadcrumbs. 

If you are using pork shoulder blade roast to grind in your home meat grinder, then add in the egg then breadcrumbs.

STEP 3

Once you are done mixing all ingredients (for both beef and pork) well by using your hands, form it into a patty.

STEP 4

Now place hamburger patties on a tray or plate, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or more to make them stick together when cooked.

STEP 5

When you’re ready to cook them, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until hot.

STEP 6

Cook ground meat patties in hot oil until browned on one side then flip once and continue cooking until the desired doneness is reached. The only thing that might change here is the time.

STEP 7

After you are done cooking your hamburger patties, let them rest on a plate or tray for about 5 minutes before serving.

Note: If you want to know how to make burger patties out of ground beef, then you can check out this step-by-step tutorial.

Secrets Tips To Make Your Hamburger Meat Stick Together

Now, I am going to share some SECRET tips that will help keep your hamburger meat stick together.

You can follow these tips because I do the same when I make hamburgers at home using my meat grinder machine:

  • Tip #1

Put some oil on your meat grinder before grinding the beef or pork.

I use olive or canola oil for this purpose. You will get a more consistent ground texture if you practice doing this step.

  • Tip #2

Make sure not to over-mix the meat while mixing other ingredients in it.

If you do that, then your hamburger patties will be very dense and they won’t stick together like what you expect them to be when cooked properly.

  • Tip #3

Freeze your beef, pork, or chicken (if you are using only one of them) for about an hour before putting it into a meat grinder machine.

Freezing burgers ensures that your burgers will not get mushy while grinding.

  • Tip #4

Put some ice cubes in the freezer before using them to grind your meat.

Ice cubes will help cool down meat from being too hot from the grinder so you can get a better result when cooking. 

  • Tip #5

Make sure your meat grinder is sharp and well-maintained.

A well-sharpened meat grinder or electric meat slicer will cut the meat much easier so you can have a better result in terms of texture.

How To Season Your Hamburger Meat?

Now, it is time for me to tell you how to season your hamburger meat in order to get that flavored taste when cooked perfectly.

You can use any of the following ingredients when making beef or pork patties. But make sure they are mixed well with the ground meat before cooking them…

1. Salt (kosher salt or sea salt) 2. Black pepper 3. Chili powder 4. Paprika 5. Onion powder 6. Garlic powder 7. Cayenne pepper 8. Freshly chopped parsley 9. Ketchup 10. Mustard 11. Worcestershire sauce 12. Soy sauce 13. Steak sauce 14. Honey 15. Bacon bits 16. Onion 17. Chili peppers 18. Mushrooms 19. Cheese

Can You Freeze Hamburger Meat?

Yes, you can freeze ground beef, pork, or lamb after you have cooked them in a pan using your stove.

  • Wrap the hamburger meat tightly with plastic wrap then place it into a freezer bag. You should do this step when you are done cooking your hamburger patties.
  • Put the wrapped up frozen hamburger meat back down to the plate or tray so they will stick together when you are ready to defrost and eat them later on. This step is important because if you don’t do it like that, then the next time you try to separate one piece of burger from another one; they may not separate properly.
  • When you want to defrost the frozen ground beef, pork, or lamb patties, you should do it at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  • Don’t use a microwave oven to defrost your meat because the texture of the meat will be destroyed.

How Much Do You Need For Per Person?

How much meat you will need for a person depends on which kind of recipe you are going to follow.

In this section, I am going to briefly show you how to calculate the amount of meat that you should use when cooking specific types of foods like hamburger patties or meatballs.

Hamburger Recipes Amount Of Meat

To calculate the amount of ground beef that you should use in order to make hamburgers, all you have to do is multiply 0.5 lbs. by how many burgers you are going to make. For example, if you want to make 6 burger patties then here is what I can tell you: it equals 3 lbs. (1.5 kg).

Meatball Recipes Amount Of Meat

You will need 1 pound (about 450 g) of ground meat; which means that every one’s portion will be around 4 ounces (110g) because it also depends on how big your meatballs are.

Nutritional Facts of Burger Patty

Now that you have got to know the procedure of making a hamburger in a meat grinder at home, I think it is informative enough to share the Nutritional Information of Burger Meat Patty.

Let’s find it out…

Amount of Calories in Hamburger Patty

According to Food Safety & Health, there are around 283 calories that you can get from every 100 grams of beef patties.

Amount of Protein in Beef Patties

Every 100g patty has about 28g protein inside it.

100 grams also give you the following percentages for Iron and other nutrients:

Fat Content Percentage in Burger Meat Patties

There are approximately 70% saturated fatty acids present in 100 grams meat patty which is around 112 Kcal.

Likewise, the total fat content will be around 9g where monounsaturated fats make up to 3g and polyunsaturated fats are around 2g.

There are also carbs that you can get from eating beef patties which are around 0.5g in every 100g patty because of the following ingredients:

4% or 1g of dietary fiber will be provided by one average sized hamburger patty.

What Is the Best Meat Grinder Machine For Making A Hamburger At Home?

As you probably know, there are many different types of meat grinders. Also, it is not very difficult to make a hamburger at home because this will provide you with the optimal texture and taste!

All in all, if you do not own a meat grinder then I suggest that you buy one as soon as possible because not only will they save time but also energy and money!

In the following, I am going to share My Recommendations for the best meat grinder for making hamburgers at home:

1. STX TF 3000 Meat Grinder

STX TF 3000 Meat Grinder

Heavy Duty 5-In-1 Electric Meat Grinder

The Turboforce 3000 Classic Series is a Powerful Heavy Duty “Home Use” Grinder with a Locked Motor Wattage of 3000 Watts but it Normally Uses between 800 Watts & 1200 Watts “Under Load” (While Grinding). This Grinder will Grind between 180 and 240 lbs. of Meat per Hour (When Properly Prepped for Grinding – Stripped or Cubed).

2. STX TF 2000 Meat Grinder

STX TF 2000 Meat Grinder

6-In-1 Powerful Home Use Electric Meat Grinder

This Turboforce Cadet Electric Meat Grinder Features a Locked Motor Wattage of 1200 Watts with a Normal Grinding Power of 550 Watts while Grinding your Meat. This grinder is a Size #8 Grinder which means the Grinding Plates are 2-7/16” in Diameter. The Hole Sizes in the Grinding Plates are 3mm, 5mm and 8mm which gives you a good choice of the size of Grind you wish to do for your meat.

3. LEM #22 Meat Grinder

LEM #22 Meat Grinder

Big Bite Electric Meat Grinder

This heavy-duty Big Bite electric meat grinder comes with First pass grinding plate, dual blade knife, second pass grinding plate 3/16”, stuffing plate, Coarse plate 3/8”, Tubes (5/8”-1”-1 3/8”), Meat pan with safety guard & plate extractor. Added Tray in Body for Knife & Plate Storage; Extended Auger Pulls More Meat in less Time.

4. Cuisinart MG-100 Meat Grinder

Cuisinart MG-100 Meat Grinder

Stainless Steel Electric Meat Grinder

This powerful meat grinder grinds a wide variety of meats, including beef, chicken, turkey, venison and more. Powerful 300-watt motor grinds up to 3 pounds of meat per minute. Features two metal cutting plates for varying degrees of thickness: medium and coarse. Reverse function releases clogged foods to ensure smooth operation

5. CHEFFANO MG091 Meat Grinder

CHEFFANO MG091 Meat Grinder

Heavy Duty 5-In-1 Electric Meat Grinder

This electric meat grinder comes with a durable and noise-reduction all-cooper engine whose power up to 350W (2000W Max). An ideal choice as a meat processer (deer meat, chicken, pork, etc.)- great meat grinder and sausage stuffer maker. This product has owned the ETL safety certification. The part that touch with the food are made of 100% food grade material, safe and healthy.

These are some of the best-rated meat grinder machines that you can choose for making hamburgers at home.

In addition, you can also check out this comparison discussion on the best-rated meat grinders for home use so you can get the perfect one for your kitchen.

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FAQs About Making A Hamburger In A Meat Grinder At Home

1. Should You Double Grind Hamburger?

Answer:  No, you should not double grind the hamburger because this will lead to over-packing. However, if you are planning to make stuffed meats then I think that it is okay to do so.

2. What Type Of Meat Is The Best?

Answer: I think that there isn’t a type of meat which is better than others but I believe it really depends on your preference about what kind of ground beef patty you want for your burger patties.

That being said, the best type of meat for grinding purposes is leaner cuts since these have very little fat in them which can be removed during cooking! 

3. How To Grind Hamburger For Stuffed Burger Patties?

Answer: The first thing that you need to do is to make small balls of meat which you put into the hopper of your machine.

Then, after making several stuffed burgers, take out the plunger and place it on top of the grinder’s feed tube (this is where you’ll push down on) before adding more meat.

After that, continue grinding until all of your meat has been stuffed into the casing!

Just in case you know that you do not have enough ground beef in a certain recipe then I suggest rolling up some aluminum foil in a ball shape and use it as a filler because this will help keep the burger patties from getting watery while cooking!

Lastly, whether or not these tips work for you well when making a hamburger in a meat grinder, you should practice several times to get the hang of it before trying out the burgers at home with your friends and family members.  

4. Why Do You Double Grind Meat?

Answer:   You should double grind it because this will allow the meat to blend better with different ingredients that you are adding into the mixture!

At the same time, if you double grind your burger meat, then you will have a more consistent texture in your mixture.   

5. Can You Regrind Ground Beef?

Answer:   Yes, you can! It is always better to have a coarse grind when using meat for burgers at home because this will yield the best results.

Also, the regrinding procedure will allow you to get a more consistent meat mixture which you can add breadcrumbs or flavorings into!

6. Can You Grind Frozen Ground Beef?

Answer:   Yes, it is okay to do so but you should thaw the beef before putting it into your machine because this will reduce the risk of overheating your grinder while grinding the meat.  

7. How To Get The Best Out Of A Meat Grinder?

Answer: When making a hamburger in a meat grinder for the first time at home, I suggest starting with 1/2-inch plates and adding some fat back into the mix because this will help improve elasticity while cooking!

8. What Is The Best Fat Ratio For Burgers?

Answer:   The best fat ratio for burgers is 10% to 15% fat. This will allow you to have the perfect burger texture because every good burger should be medium rare to medium cooked!   

9. How To Make A Tasty Burger?

Answer:  There are two main secrets which I can tell you about to make a tasty beef patty at home and they are the salt amount and the temperature of cooking! You should always make sure that these two aspects are perfect in order for you to get the best results!

10. What Cheese Goes On Hamburgers?

Answer: The best cheese for burgers is American cheese because it melts perfectly! This will yield the perfect burger since every good hamburger needs to be topped with melted cheese.

Besides, you can also try adding some chopped jalapeno peppers into your burger patties to give them a kick!

11. How To Make Hamburgers Without A Meat Grinder?

Answer:   You can make hamburger meat by hand using beef chuck roast and pork fatback which you will need to chop up very finely with a knife before mixing them together thoroughly.

You should also add some salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, paprika flakes, poultry seasoning, egg yolk, water for moisture and breadcrumbs in order to get the best out of your mixture!   

12. How To Make Hamburgers At Home?

Answer: The first thing that you need to do is to make small balls of meat which you put into the hopper of your machine. After making several stuffed burgers, take out the plunger and place it on top of the grinder’s feed tube (this is where you’ll push down on) before adding more meat.

After that, continue grinding until all of your meat has been stuffed into the casing!

Just in case you know that you do not have enough ground beef in a certain recipe then I suggest rolling up some aluminum foil in a ball shape and use it as a filler because this will help keep the burger patties from getting watery while cooking!

Lastly, whether or not these tips work for you well when making a hamburger in a meat grinder, you should practice several times to get the hang of it before trying out the burgers at home with your friends and family members.

Conclusion

I sincerely hope that all of the information which I have provided about making a hamburger in a meat grinder was helpful to you and thank you for taking your time in reading this article!        

Throughout the above discussion, I have tried to explain how do you make a hamburger in a meat grinder. Besides, I have also discussed some background information about the meat which you can use for making your hamburgers at home.

If you have any kind of question regarding how to make a hamburger in a meat grinder then please share it with me via the comment section which is given below.

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