Much before meat grinders were invented, people used to go to the butcher to get the meat ground or minced. They were not always sure of the quality of the meat and many even doubted if they had bought the right stuff.
Gradually they started looking for the alternative and eventually many started checking out the meat grinders for their next food fiesta. The story does not end here as meat grinders can also be used for some other useful purposes.
Many are still unaware of which meals can be made with the use of meat grinders so here are some of the best meat grinder recipes you can try in your home without spending too much.
1. Cheese Stuffed Burger Recipe
- 3 pounds of ground chuck steak
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 4 oz cheese
- 2 cups of packed baby spinach
- 8 split rolls or buns
- 2 beefsteak tomatoes which are cut into 8 slices
Want to give your cheeseburger a cool twist? Why not stuff your patty with cheese? After grinding the beef, mix it with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce in one bowl.
Once it is properly mixed, slowly start making patties and prepare your grill for high-medium heat. Next, form cheese rounds per patty and make pockmarks in the center of every patty with your thumb, insert the cheese inside it and enclose it with beef.
Cook your patties on the grill for 5 to 8 minutes per side and put it in your burger bun with your burger favorites like tomato slices, mushrooms and spinach. You can even put in pickles if you want.
2. Spiced Chicken and Ham Spread
- 1 cup cooked and chopped chicken leftovers
- 1 cup cooked and chopped ham
- 1 tablespoon of grated sweet pickle
- 1 tablespoon minced lemon rind
- salt, pepper, Tabasco sauce
- 4 tablespoons of soft butter
Give your leftovers a little makeover using your meat grinder by grinding both of them separately. Once grounded properly, combine the grounded ham and chicken with the other ingredients specified above.
Mix them all together to make sure that the ingredients are evenly blended together and make sure it is in a smooth texture. Once done, wrap your bowl with a clear wrap or foil and place it in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
It is best partnered with a hot bun, lettuce and some of your other favorite sandwich flavors.
3. Breakfast Sausages
- 5 pounds of pork (without its excess fat)
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons white pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons sage (already grounded)
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ¼ cup water
If you have bought pork with excess fat, trim it before you grind the meat. Use your finest and best grinding plate when doing so. Once done, add all the seasonings and mix them by hand until the meat is entirely marinated with the seasonings you have.
Make small patties with your sausages and cook them in a skillet for seven minutes per side. You can also use pork skin to make them look like real sausages.
4. Chicken Curry Burger
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 diced red or yellow onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 pounds of boneless and skinless chicken thighs
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of yellow curry powder
- 1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
If you savor spicy burgers and curry, you will love this recipe. First start by combining your diced onions and jalapeno peppers in one mixing bowl.
You can even include the jalapeno seeds if you want more kick to your spicy patty. Peel the garlic cloves and set them aside.
Start grinding the chicken thighs and while grinding, add garlic cloves alongside it and make sure they are minced together with the minced chicken meat.
Put your grounded chicken meat with your pepper and onion mixture alongside the other ingredients. Mix the meat properly and make sure everything is well-combined before making them as patties.
Once you make your patties which should be six ounces each (use a weighing scale if you need a guide as to how heavy it should be), heat your non-stick skillet with oil on medium heat.
Once it is heated, cook your patties for 6 to 8 minutes per side and use a thermometer to determine if the core of your patties is cooked as well.
If you don’t want your curry patty to be used for burgers, you can always crush it up and put it on a salad and serve it as is.
5. Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds of potatoes
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¾ cup of heavy cream
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter which are already sliced into tablespoon sizes
- black pepper
If you want to make your very own restaurant-styled mashed potatoes just the way you want them, your meat grinder can actually give you that at the comfort of your home.
Start by putting your potatoes in a large saucepan and cover them with an inch or two of water. Add salt and allow it to boil at high temperature.
Once it starts boiling, slowly reduce the heat and allow the potatoes to simmer for 45 minutes until they are tender. Drain the contents afterward and peel the potatoes. Make sure you keep half a cup of cooking water.
Once you have peeled the potatoes, cut them into quarters and start feeding them into your meat grinder with the finer cutting plate attachment in it.
While grinding, heat your heavy cream on medium heat until it simmers before setting it aside. Once you are done with grinding, put the ground product in the saucepan with the cooking water you saved.
Fold your heavy cream with butter, but add the butter one chunk at a time and make sure it is fully melted before adding the rest. Season it properly with salt and pepper before serving!