Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Burger Pocket Press written about in the post about a Stuffed Cuban Burger, I could not pass up the opportunity to try something similar that was available right now at a local store. I purchased the Stufz Stuffed Burger Maker and today was the day that it was put to the test.
My first thoughts were that the plastic felt a little flimsy for the pressing that I would have to do to push the meat patties together to get a good seal, but I vowed not to let that wreck my stuffed burger making attempt. I started with over a pound of ground beef and had planned on making 4 stuffed burgers. Following the directions, I placed some meat in the bottom of the press and closed the lid, pressing down on the handle to form the pocket in the meat. I did have to lift the top of the press several times to make sure that I was making the pocket correctly, but this was the first attempt so I thought nothing of it.
Once the pocket was made, the meat pocket was filled with some jalapeno pepper slices, swiss cheese, some squirts of Sriracha Sauce and a little Himalayan salt and pepper. I was careful to make sure that none of the stuffing extended out beyond the edges of the “meat bowl” because I figured it would not make a proper seal with the top meat layer. Following the directions again, I put the required amount of meat in the press and closed it. I pushed down with some force to seal the layers together and the cheap-feeling plastic was not able to stand up to the press. The brackets that hold a part of the press down were forced out, causing the press to come loose and that took a little time getting the press put back together, but after several pushes to seal the two patties, I finally had my stuffed burger.
The resulting stuffed burger was huge. I am guessing it was about 1 and 1/4 inches to 1 and 1/2 inches thick, but that only made the pressed burger look more impressive at the time. I completed two more burgers before I ran out of meat and tossed them on the grill. As you can see in the photo, the burgers were rather thick. You can see where even with a lot of force being applied to press the patties together, they did not seal too well along the edges. This would cause some leakage issues later in the cooking process.
The photo above shows the leakage which caused me to pull the burgers off the grill a little earlier than I had hoped, but I feared that the cheese may leak out leaving me with a fairly empty stuffed burger.
I don’t want to write off the Stufz Stuffed Burger Maker just yet and will try a suggestion to use less ground beef next time I use it, but I do wish that they had used a little tougher plastic material when manufacturing this stuffed burger maker. I like the simple design, just close the lid and press down, and would have gladly paid a few more dollars for something that felt a little more sturdy and could withstand a decent amount of pressure to seal the patties together without forcing the parts of the tool to expand outward causing temporary failure.
When the Burger Pocket Press arrives, I will surely test that item and post the results along with some photos so I can compare the two. In the meantime, you can check out this video about the Stufz Stuffed Burger Maker from Chef Brian Duffy.