Made perfectly! Not like the plastic junk that Cabela's sells!
This press works great!
I used this press with LEM Freezer Sheets- 6" x 10-3/4" and it was really easy to make dozens of burgers. The press is adjusted easily to make a burger of just the right thickness. I have no idea if the press is really non-stick because I used freezer sheets so very little burger actually touched the press. I can't imagine pressing burgers without paper. The whole thing broken down and cleaned up easier than I expected.
Works but needs improvement
Waxed paper works fine. Meat sticks to the surfaces in any case. More cleanup is required than expected. Patty size is too small. We like "normal" sized buns - not the small ones. I went back to using two plates - inverted, to get the larger patties we like. The unit is back in the box, sitting in our kitchen cupboard gathering dust. A larger pattie-size model would be nice.
Makes excellent patties
This little patty press works perfectly... If you use a sheet of waxed paper under the patty on the bottom and fold over the patty on top, the meat never touches the machine... There is NO clean-up... I can't imagine what some reviewers a referring to for needing to clean the machine... I would hate to see the rest of their kitchen... I tore off about a 10" sheet of waxed paper and folded it in half from side to side. I put it in the press with the fold back to the hinge... Put the meat on top of the paper on the bottom and fold the top part of the sheet down over the meat and the mash it shut... No meat ever touches the machine.... I just made and cooked up 4 patties on my just received press... I don't even need to wipe it, no meat ever touched it.... It adjusts easily, I believe I need to size down... about 1/2" would be good... You just load it up to where when you press it down, you get some blow-out of extra burger around the edges so that you know the press is full and packed.... The top fits down into a lip around the bottom which allows it to trim itself of the extra meet that squished out... Then you have a firm patty which did not fall apart on my grill... The thing works great... Anyone that goops it up somehow to need cleaning, might just want to forget about trying that new gas grill to cook them on... Very simple gadget that works great...
Piece of junk
I have used many LEM products throughout the years for meat processing and have been very satisfied until this one. I thought that a burger maker would be a good idea. Using this devise makes you glad to go back to making them by hand. While making burgers the meat sticks to the "non-stick" surface. The meat squeezes under the top plate and the whole operation is a failure. Shame on LEM for putting their name on this.
Owner Response: We recommend using non-stick deli sheets with the burger press, one below and one on top of the burger. This would prevent any meat from sticking to the press, as ground meat does get tacky.
Works great if used correctly
I have used this press for a number of years, and it work great....IF you use the patty paper. It's a no-brainer. I note that the negative reviews are from those who don't. Put a paper down, a lump of meat, another paper, then press. LEM should sell this item bundled with the paper.
What a waste of time and money! It was 10 times faster to make a patty by hand than use this, the meat stuck to it, didn't make even patties. I would love to ask your quality control if they tested this before putting your name on it! If they did test it, could they tell the rest of us how to use it?
Owner Response: We do recommend using LEM Freezer Sheets or Satin Pac Patty Paper when making patties because ground meat does become tacky and may stick to the burger press. If the patty does stick, use a fork to separate the meat from the burger press if not using patty paper.
I'd give it about a 75%
As noted in other reviews, you really SHOULD use the freezer sheets. I have used without, and it is doable, but with the problems listed in the "Charly Brown" review. I have also used waxed paper, and (folded over) freezer paper, both of which worked fine. LEM freezer sheets are just much, much easier. Quality note: the threading on the adjustment assembly is VERY coarse. Looks/feels like it was sand cast. There are several spots on mine where threading is interrupted by "blank" spots, which makes it very difficult to adjust. Once you've set it where you want it though... you can just go to town. Overall - I'd recommend it. Makes burgers uniform, which makes grilling a bunch of them to order a snap.
My future daughter-in-law bought this for me as a gift. I love this product. You can adjust it to make your burger as thick as you want. Highly recommend
I love it. The meat doesn't stick to the machine. I also love being able to make different sizes of hamburgers. My guys like really big thick hamburgers; where we ladies like not so big ones.
It Works Great...
I have used the Burger Press for years & found it indispensable when preparing meat patties for grilling or freezing... I have always used the Freezer sheets & have had no press problems or clean up messes...
Meat sticks to surface and squeezes into the crack of the adjustable top plate of the press. This plate should be larger and have tighter tolerance between plate and barrel. Might work better using their paper separators on top of meat when forming burgers. * Management Note: Please note that we strongly reccomend using LEM freezeer sheets in tandem with the burger press to avoid the issues pointed out in the review above.