Burger presses are one of the most essential grilling tools, especially if you cook a lot of burgers. This simple tool will transform your burger game. It creates perfectly formed, consistent burgers every time. Every burger will cook evenly on the grill, whether you are using a charcoal grill or a gas grill. And you can use these burger presses to make stuffed burgers! They can make burgers of varying sizes (from quarter pound burgers to half pound burgers and everything in between). Each burger will fit perfectly inside the bun, so you’ll never have to worry about too-small patties again.
We took a look at the top burger presses on Amazon and picked the best three to rate. We came up with a few categories that are important when considering a burger press. These categories were Burger Quality, Design, Storage, and Cleanup. After assigning a rating of 1-5 for each category (where 1 is the worst and 5 is the best), we looked at any other unique factors that may not fit inside the categories. Then, an Overall Score was given to each brand.
Take a look at our overview table below to get a quick snapshot of each brand. We have included an in-depth analysis of each brand if you want to know more information about each one. It’s easy to buy your favorite brand by clicking on the Amazon button under each review.
Overall Burger Presses Review Scores
Cave Tools Silicone Burger Press
This product is one of my favorite BBQ items of all time. It’s so easy to use, sturdy but flexible, you can throw it in the dishwasher after use and can store it in the freezer. You can make up to six burgers at a time with this burger patty maker. You take two lbs of whatever burger meat you prefer, spread it across the six compartments, (It’s worth your while taking your time with this) and then put the top half on. You then simply press it all together, and when the lid is removed you’ll have six perfectly made third-pounders, (Like a quarter-pounder, but 1/3 of a pound, obviously) complete with dimples. If you’re wondering, the dimple has been scientifically proven, apparently, to keep the burgers flat when cooking, which is a good thing.
Let me also assure you that the square burgers made in this press taste exactly the same as round ones. In conclusion, square is the new round!
Original Weber Burger Press
The Weber hamburger maker works in reverse to other patty makers, in that the base is raised and the lid is where the burger ends up when made. This does make the patty easier to remove, provided it doesn’t stick inside the lid. Whether it does stick or come out cleanly is going to depend very much on the recipe you’re using. A spray of oil might help, or wax discs if all else fails.
Overall, the Weber hamburger press does the job as advertised, if you’re prepared to put in the work, but there are better, and quicker, ways of making patties.
OXO Good Burger Maker
The OXO burger press is more aimed at perfectionists in my opinion. It makes burgers one at a time, so if you need more than a few it’s a bit slow. The patties it turns out are regular, even and almost identical, but the same can be said of most of the burger makers on the market.
I can’t help thinking this hamburger press has been over engineered. There are far simpler ways of turning out conveniently shaped and sized pieces of meat to grill, and I think this particular burger patty maker will just be put away in a cupboard and forgotten.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Material is Best for a Burger Press?
Burger presses that are made from heavy duty aluminum or stainless steel last longer than plastic. They are easier to clean and safer to use. It is harder for bacteria to grow in metal-designed burger presses than it is in the plastic ones.
Can You Use a Burger Press as a Roast Plate?
If your burger press is made from sturdy aluminum or stainless steel, it can double as a grill press. You can use it to press down on steaks or burgers as they cook on the grill, allowing to cook more evenly and quickly. If it is made from plastic, it is not safe to use as a roast plate because it can melt on the high heat of the grill.
What Size Patties Does a Burger Press Make?
Most burger press brands can make any size patty you like, from half pound to quarter pound or anywhere in between. The press controls the overall size of the burger, as it relates to circumference, not the weight. The more weight you put into the press, the taller the burger will be.
How Do You Get The Burger Out of the Burger Press?
If you line the burger press with plastic wrap, a plastic ziploc-style bag cut in half, wax paper, or parchment paper, it will be easy to remove the burger. Using wax or parchment squares has the added benefit of allowing you to easily stack your burgers, whereas plastic wrap or bags will allow you to reuse them for multiple burgers. You can also use nonstick cooking spray and turn the press upside down to remove the burger.
Can You Use a Burger Press to Make Stuffed Burgers?
Yes, the burger press can make stuffed burgers. All you need to do is make two patties, place your stuffing in between the two patties, and use the press to force them together.