By Matt LeClair
Thinking about making your own beef, venison, pork, turkey, or chicken burger? One way that you can do it is with a meat grinder. The process of making your own burger with a grinder is actually pretty simple. Here are the steps:
Prepare The Meat
The first step involved in the process of making burger with a grinder is preparing the meat. In most cases you’ll start out with a large chunk of whatever type of meat it is that you are grinding. You need to cut this large piece of meat into small 1 inch by 1inch cubes. If you prefer, you can make the cubes a bit larger to save time since this step can be quite time consuming.
Large pieces of meat have to be cut into smaller chunks so that they can be fed through the grinder without causing it to back up. Not only does doing so help keep your grinder running smoothly, but it also helps speed up the process by not causing you to stop intermittently.
The Grinding Process
Once you have the meat the you would like to turn into burger prepared, the next step of the process involves feeding it through the grinder. For this step you can use an actual meat grinder or you can use a KitchenAid with a meat grinder attachment. While the KitchenAid won’t work as well as an actual grinder, it will still help you get the job done.
The grinder is equipped with a top loading tray where you will place the meat that you intend to run through the grinder. When ready, load a handful of meat chunks onto this loading tray, turn the grinder on a low to medium speed, and then begin feeding the meat into the grinder with the feeding tool. A few things to keep in mind before you being this process: make sure you have a bowl or some sort of container to catch the meat as it comes out of the grinder, and be sure that you have the right blade attachment for making burger. There are a number of different blade attachments that can be used to grind, mince, and slice meat as it is fed through, so you want to make sure you’ve got the right one for making burger.
Press the meat down into the feeding tube until all of the meat has been fed through the grinder. Continue on by grabbing another handful of meat and placing it in the loading tray. Repeat the process of loading and feeding meat through the grinder until all of the meat has been processed.
Packing and Storing The Burger
The final step in the process of making burger with a grinder involves packing and storing the burger once it has been through the grinding process. One of the best things you can do to extend the shelf life of your burger is pack and seal it using a vacuum sealer. Doing so will remove air from the packaging and keep the burger in an air-tight environment where it is protected from freezer burn and harmful bacteria.