Best Meat Grinders: Homemade Burgers and Sausages Made Easy

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Picture of a Meat Grinder.Ground meat, burgers, and sausages are some of the most common foods we keep in our households.

They’re rather good for us too!

However, when we buy these goods, we are very much limited to whatever ingredients the producers use.

On the other hand… if we make homemade burgers and sausages at home, then we can choose the exact ingredients we want.

Although many people presume this requires big commercial meat grinders, there are many smaller home appliances we can use.

This article takes a look at meat grinders, from electrical to hand-operated manual machines, and from large to small.

Benefits of Using a Home Meat Grinder

  • Firstly, a machine for grinding your own choice of meat means that you’re not limited to buying prepared meat products.
  • Whether it’s beef, bacon, lamb, pork, or even organ meats like liver and kidney – there’s the option to use whatever we want. As a result, we can make more nutrient-dense food to meet our preferred taste.
  • In fact, you can make whatever idea you choose – we can customize recipes whether it’s pork and liver sausages, or steak and herb burgers. Additionally, kicking up the flavor with some herbs and spices is simple – just add whatever you want.
  • While some supermarket sausages can be a little dodgy in nutritional terms, by making your own, you can make delicious sausages that are optimal for health.
  • While professional meat grinders will set you back a fair amount of money, cheaper economical equipment is also available.

Drawbacks

While there aren’t any terribly negative points about meat grinders, there is one possibly problematic issue – the weight/size.

The size can vary a lot!

Some grinding equipment only weighs several pounds, with relatively space-conscious dimensions.

On the other hand, some equipment can be extremely heavy and space-consuming, so be sure to check the product’s specification.

Key Point: A home meat grinder allows you to make healthier, tastier burgers and sausages at home. However, be sure to check the dimensions of the equipment you’re interested in!

Types of Meat Grinders

Picture of an Electric Meat Grinder.

There are three main types of meat grinder;

  • Commercial meat grinders
  • Electric meat grinders
  • Manual (hand) meat grinders

Since the commercial equipment is designed for processing significant quantities of meat in an industrial setting, we’ll just focus on the latter two.

Electric Grinders

Electric meat mincers are popular due to how straightforward they are.

To use them is so easy and efficient; all you have to do is load them with some meat and hit the ‘process’ button.

Depending on the model you choose, the power of the machine’s motors will vary.

For example, some premium models can even grind bone-in meats, which can provide an excellent source of gelatin and collagen.

However, electric models tend to be both heavier and more expensive than manual versions.

Furthermore, these machines tend to be more expensive than manual options – starting at around $60.

Pros

  • Efficiency: just press a button; electric grinders are quick and simple to use.
  • Powerful: stronger grinding abilities than manual grinders means they can be used to process a greater range of products.
  • Ease of use: The machine does all the work – just sit back and wait for it to finish.

Cons

  • Weight: heavier and bigger due to the more advanced parts.
  • Price: Starts at around double the price of manual grinders.
Key Point: Electric grinders are more expensive than hand-operated machines. That said, the extra money gets you better performance without the effort.

Manual Hand-operated Grinders

Picture of a Manual Hand-operated Meat Grinder.Manual meat grinders are a little harder to use.

Firstly, they require your own body strength rather than the machine to do the work!

Secondly, some of the budget-priced manual grinders require you to clamp them onto a suitable surface before grinding.

There are both positives and negatives – for one, the equipment is much smaller than an electric grinder and doesn’t take up as much space.

On the downside, it can be hard to find an adequate surface to use the machine on.

All in all, meat grinding becomes a slower, more laborious task when we use a manual grinder.

However, once you have finished grinding, you’ll have the same result as you would with an electric grinder.

Manual grinders also come in at a much lower price, starting from as little as $25 for the bare basics.

Pros

  • Efficiency: just press a button; electric grinders are quick and simple to use.
  • Powerful: stronger grinding abilities than manual grinders means it can be used to process a greater range of products.
  • Ease of use: The machine does all the work – just sit back and wait for it to finish.

Cons

  • Weight: heavier and bigger due to the more advanced parts.
  • Price: Starts at around double the price of manual grinders.
Key Point: Electric grinders are more expensive than hand-operated machines. That said, the extra money gets you better performance without the effort.

Best Electric Meat Grinders

Here are some of the best electric machines to suit all budgets, starting from the least expensive option;

Picture of a Homgeek Electric Meat Grinder.1) Homgeek: Electric Meat Grinder + Sausage Stuffer

Price: $75.97 (Current pricing and availability)

This machine is one of the top budget options currently available, and it includes sausage-stuffing equipment.

For some machines, sausage stuffers are an additional accessory, so this machine has everything to get started right out of the box.

This product has quite powerful motors and a good performance for a low price.

It has the additional benefit of being very lightweight as it only weighs 8.7 pounds (about 4kg).

Key Features

  • Stainless steel cutting blade
  • Continuous working time: 10 minutes
  • Grind output of approximately 3.3 – 3.9lbs per minute
  • No varying speeds: only on and off
  • Dimensions: 350 x 185 x 325mm
  • Weight: 8.69lbs / 3.94kg
  • 1x Sausage-stuffing attachment
  • 1x Kubbe attachment (for making Middle-Eastern stuffed meat ‘Kibbeh’)

Pros

  • Comes with free additional accessories
  • Very light and easy to use
  • Cheap price

Cons

  • Not the most powerful device
  • Relatively slow compared to more expensive models
  • Not powerful enough to grind bones
Summary: Reasonable performance for a fair price.

2) LEM Products: Mighty Bite Grinder

Picture of an LEM Mighty Bite Electric Meat Grinder.Price: $179.99 (Current pricing and availability)

With a higher performance level (and price), the ‘Mighty Bite grinder’ has an impressive specification.

Key Features

  • Stainless steel cutting grinding equipment
  • 3 Separate size stuffing tubes for sausages
  • 3 Different grinding plates to vary the consistency of ground meat.
  • Holds up to 3 pounds of meat at a time.
  • Grinds approximately 4-5lbs per minute
  • 3 Speed settings: full, slow, and pulse reverse
  • Weight: 16.5lbs / 7.5kg
  • 1x Stainless steel knife
  • 1x Meat stomper

Pros

  • Slightly faster performance than the Homgeek
  • Different grind speeds
  • Ability to make different size sausages
  • A little heavier than the Homgeek but still relatively lightweight

Cons

  • Not powerful enough to grind bones
Summary: Probably more than enough for most home-users – offers solid performance for a mid-range price.

3) STX International: Turboforce II Meat Grinder

STX International's Turboforce II Meat Grinder.Price: $230 (Current pricing and availability)

The Turboforce II grinder again ups the performance levels with 2000 watts of power running on 3-speed settings.

It also has an air cooling system to increase the durability and life of the equipment.

Compared to options 1 and 2, it offers the best of both and further additional features.

Key Features

  • 3 Stainless steel cutting blades
  • 5 Separate grinding plates
  • 3 Stuffing tubes for sausages
  • 1 Kubbe attachment
  • 3 Speed settings: high, low, reverse
  • Grinds 175 to 225lbs of meat per hour
  • Dimensions: 482 x 203 x 355mm
  • Weight: 13lbs / 5.9kg
  • 3-year Guarantee and warranty

Pros

  • Capable of grinding small bones (e.g. chicken)
  • Lots of choices: it can make five different styles of ground meat, and it has three sizes for making sausages
  • Higher power: can run continuously for one hour
  • Extended warranty

Cons

  • The dimensions are quite space-consuming compared to the Homgeek model.
Summary: Powerful functionality and a range of features make this one good value for money.

4) LEM: Big Bite Meat Grinder

Picture of LEM's Big Bite Meat Grinder.Price: $411 (Current pricing and availability)

LEM’s ‘Big Bite’ is the premium upgrade to the company’s ‘Mighty Bite’ machine.

This electric meat grinder has a whole range of interesting functions and lots of power.

Key Features

  • Everything is stainless steel; from the cutting equipment to the housing
  • Grind output of 11lbs per minute – extremely fast
  • Can grind large cuts of meat with no clogging
  • Dimensions: 228 x 495 x 406mm
  • Weight: 47lbs / 21.3kg
  • 1x Meat Stomper
  • 1x Stainless steel knife
  • 2x Stainless steel plates
  • 3x Sausage-stuffing tubes
  • 1x Stainless steel stuffing plate

Pros

  • Looks great – fully stainless steel
  • Extremely quick and powerful
  • Variety of processing options

Cons

  • Higher price
  • More weight
  • Large dimensions
Summary: One of the most impressive choices available – probably more power than most people need.

5) Weston: Pro Series – Silver

Picture of Weston's Pro Series Meat Grinder (Silver).Price: $449 (Current pricing and availability)

This premium model electric meat grinder is designed for home use, but it is capable of commercial performance.

It is extremely quick and powerful and can grind up to 18 pounds per minute, so it can get through significant quantities of meat.

Whether it’s steak, whole chickens or various organ meats, this grinder will cope with pretty much anything.

This is likely overkill for the majority of people, except for perhaps the most carnivorous families out there…

Key Features

  • Fully stainless steel
  • Engineered for quiet operation
  • Grind output of an impressive 18lbs per minute
  • Handle for carrying and transportation
  • Dimensions: 520 x 330 x 480mm
  • Weight: 42lbs / 19.1kg
  • 1x Stainless steel grinding knife
  • 3x Sausage stuffing funnels
  • 2x Grinding plates
  • 1x High-speed stuffing auger
  • 1x Heavy duty meat stomper
  • 2-year Warranty

Pros

  • Easy to grind small bones (chicken, turkey)
  • Super-fast speeds
  • Looks great

Cons

  • Requires a large spacious area due to the large dimensions
  • Very heavy
  • Relatively expensive
Summary: Premium extra-powerful model for an extra-expensive price tag.

Which Electric Grinder is Best?

All of these products have excellent customer reviews and they’re made by reputable companies, so you can’t really go wrong.

Therefore, the question of which model is best depends entirely on what you’re looking for.

Are you on a budget and only need to process one or two pounds of meat at a time?

In that case, if you want an electric grinder then the Homgeek model should be more than enough.

On the other hand, if you’re not so limited by budget and have the available space – then go for the model with the features you find attractive.

Best Manual (Hand-operated) Meat Grinders

If you are on a budget or just looking for a small space-conscious device, then it’s probably better to look at manual grinders.

They are nowhere near as feature-rich as the electrical appliances, but they do have some positive points.

The main benefits of these manual machines are a lower price and the fact that they are so lightweight.

Of course, when it comes to grinding they do require a lot more effort… but a bit of exercise can be a good thing!

Here are five of the most praised hand-operated meat grinders;

1) Pictek: Meat Grinder and Sausage Maker

Picture of Pictek's Manual Meat Grinder and Sausage Maker.Price: $19.99 (Current pricing and availability)

Starting with the cheapest option first, this budget choice offers the bare-basics when it comes to meat grinding.

Interestingly, it is also advertised as being able to grind fruit, vegetables, nuts, and garlic too.

On the negative side, the design is very plasticky and the grinder requires users to chop meat into small pieces before grinding. In other words, you can’t just drop your favorite steak into it.

In comparison to electric grinders, it barely weighs a thing; the weight of the model is only 1.6lbs.

Key Features

  • Plastic body with a stainless steel blade
  • Manual grinding
  • Finger protector
  • Dimensions: 152 x 127 x 221mm
  • Weight: 1.6lbs / 0.73kg

Pros

  • Amazing price
  • Stainless steel cutting equipment
  • Very light and small enough for any kitchen

Cons

  • Cheap looking
  • Relatively weak – can only process small pieces of meat
Summary: Does the job, but it takes more work. Good value for money.

2) Home N Kitchenware: Meat Grinder/Mincer

Picture of Home N Kitchenware's Manual Meat Grinder.Price: $22.95 (Current pricing and availability)

With a slightly more attractive appearance due to the stainless steel body, this hand-operated grinder looks good for the price.

However, similar to the Pictek model this one is also a bare-bones offering. It’s a meat grinder, but there are no unique features.

Key Features

  • Stainless steel body
  • Stainless steel cutting blades
  • Dimensions: 160 x 114 x 259
  • Weight: 1.9lbs / 0.86kg

Pros

  • Stainless steel body and cutting blades despite the cheap price.
  • Very light
  • Minimal space requirements

Cons

  • Weak cutting ability compared to more expensive models
  • Doesn’t offer a variety of cutting plates – only outputs one thing
Summary: Nice appearance for a low price, with reasonable performance.

3) Fante’s: Cousin Sandro’s Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer

Picture of Fante's Cousin Sandro's Hand Operated Meat Grinder.Price: $47.82 (Current pricing and availability)

Jumping up in quality, cousin Sandro’s meat grinder has stronger blades and a more impressive appearance.

Part of this is down to the build quality; the body is made entirely from cast iron with a stainless steel cutting blade.

Key Features

  • High-quality cast iron build
  • Stainless steel blade
  • Clamps to countertops (surface must be between 1.25cm and 6.9cm thick)
  • 1x Grinder plate
  • 1x Sausage-making attachment
  • Includes a ‘Fante’s family recipes’ book
  • Dimensions: 279 x 152 x 102mm
  • Weight: 5.5lbs / 2.5kg

Pros

  • Great appearance
  • Sturdy design and build quality
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Includes sausage-stuffing attachment

Cons

  • Requires meat to be cut into cubes prior to grinding
Summary: More power and more options for a slightly higher price.

4) LEM: #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder

Picture of LEM's Stainless Steel Clamp-on Grinder.Price: $76.49 (Current pricing and availability)

LEM is a respected company in the world of meat processing equipment, and this manual grinder offers a further leap in quality.

With a full stainless steel design, the grinder also includes two separate stainless steel plates (coarse and fine).

Additionally, it comes with three different sizes of sausage-stuffing tubes.

Key Features

  • The grinder is stainless steel throughout, from the body and casing to the cutters.
  • Dimensions: 292 x 210 x 135mm
  • Weight: 8lbs / 3.63kg
  • Wide-opening clamp to suit a variety of surfaces
  • Rust-resistant
  • 2x Stainless steel plates
  • 2x Stainless steel cutting knife
  • 3x Sausage-stuffing tubes

Pros

  • Impressive looking stainless steel design
  • Variety of cutting options
  • Fits to a wide range of surfaces
  • Unlike the prior manual grinders, this one offers the ability to make different-sized sausages

Cons

  • Slightly expensive for a manual meat grinder
Summary: One of the most-respected manual grinders on the market.

5) Lionsoul: Hand Crank Manual Meat Mincer

Picture of Lionsoul's Hand Crank Manual Meat Mincer.Price: $99.99 (Current pricing and availability)

On the premium side of manual grinders comes this offering from Lionsoul.

It comes with a range of additional features and accessories such as a 360° ring blade for faster grinding and a rapid thawing plate for frozen meat.

Despite this, the product is surprisingly light and only weighs in at 2.2 pounds. Additionally, the dimensions are very reasonable.

High performance in a small package!

Key Features

  • Can be used on any surface
  • Comes with a sausage stuffer
  • 1x Thawing plate
  • Dimensions: 249 x 130 x 211mm
  • Weight: 2.2lbs / 1kg

Pros

  • Includes sausage-stuffing and rapid meat-thawing equipment
  • Doesn’t require clamping to a surface
  • Surprisingly light
  • Easier to use than most manual grinders

Cons

  • Expensive compared to most manual options – more expensive than some electric grinders
  • Doesn’t offer multiple grinding sizes
Summary: One of the top hand-operated grinders for ease-of-use.

What is the Top Manual Meat Grinder?

Similar to with the leading electric models, it’s not so much the performance abilities of the grinder – it’s more a matter of what you require.

If you don’t mind clamping the grinder to a surface and pre-chopping the meat, then one of the cheaper models should suffice.

In contrast, if you are looking for an easier to use machine then I’d go with the Lionsoul grinder.

However, if ease-of-use is the priority, then it may be better to go for an electric model.

Summary: Most people will only require the basic cheaper models, but go with whatever meets your budget/requirements. All the manual grinders on this list are from reputable companies and have great reviews.

Recipes

Looking for some meat grinder recipes?

Here are a few of my favorite recipes… well, actually they’re about the only ones I know!

Give these a try for some delicious homemade burgers and sausages;

1) Spicy Italian Beef & Bacon Sausage

  • 2 lbs / 908g Chuck eye steak
  • ¾ lb / 340g Bacon
  • 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning mix
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black pepper

2) Homemade Simple Burgers

The key to a good burger is getting the lean-to-fat ratio of the meat right.

Somewhere between 70-30 and 80-20 is about right.

This makes a combination of chuck eye and sirloin a great choice;

  • 1 lb Sirloin
  • 1 lb Chuckeye

And that’s all you need – sometimes the simple way is best!

Form the patties and add a bit of salt and pepper during the cooking process – it tastes better that way.

3) Cheese, Chives and Red Wine Pork Sausage

  • 3 lbs (1362g) Ground pork
  • 1oz (28g) Romano cheese
  • 1oz (28g) Chives
  • ½-cup Red wine
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper

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