The hamburger--an iconic food item sold all across the world--is often made at home, be it for picnic lunches or barbecue parties. Home cooks may have trouble making patties perfectly round, ending with misshapen burgers. Thankfully, there are several products that can assist a burger-maker in crafting restaurant-grade, circular hamburger patties.
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A burger patty press allows you to form perfect hamburger patties of uniform shape and size. Some models, such as the Silicone Coated Burger Press, have non-stick coating to help the patty-forming process. Another benefit of a burger patty press is that they allow you to form patties already sealed in cling-form cling film, so you can easily press and freeze several batches of hamburgers at once. These patty-making gadgets are cheap, dishwasher safe and easily storable for convenience.
Cake Rings and Biscuit Cutters
Metal cake rings are typically used to form circular cake tiers, but those that are open on both ends and made of non-reactive aluminium or stainless steel can be used to form perfectly round hamburger patties. Those making "sliders," or mini-burgers, can use biscuit cutters, which are similar to cake rings but smaller in size.
Frugal burger chefs might enjoy recycling their old container lids. Lids from peanut butter, mayonnaise, or any other like-sized pantry staple can be used to form perfectly round hamburger patties. Savoury Sweet Life has an article detailing the process, which consists of scooping your meat mixture into a cling-form plastic wrapped container lid, and pressing the meat into uniform, circular patties.
Your Bare Hands
Your hands may not be technological marvels, but they do a great job in shaping patties. If you're leery of handling raw meat with your bare hands, you can use latex gloves or cover your hands in cling-form cling film or waxed paper before forming your hamburgers. Scoop up your meat mixture, roll it into a ball and press it out into patty form.
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