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Significantly lopsided patties!
on June 7, 2014
After hand washing and drying the burger press I proceeded to make eighteen, quarter pound patties this morning. I rolled the meat into a ball as instructed and used the Norpro 3404 Square Wax Papers on the top and bottom so I didn't have any issues with sticking - except for the two times I forgot to put the wax paper on top. Then the burger stuck to the metal top plate and squeezed up into the housing. When using the wax squares on top and bottom the patty is nicely contained and there is no mess.
After making three burgers and stacking them to the side I noticed my stack of burgers was lopsided. When I looked closely I found all three burgers were uneven - one side of the patty was much thicker than the opposing side. Upon inspection of the press the problem was readily apparent. Holding the press in my hand - I placed my finger on one edge of the top housing to act as a stop and pressed the plunger. My finger stopped the plunger on that side, but the other side the plunger plate extended another quarter of an inch. This must be happening on all the presses to some degree as mine is not a defective unit, but it is poorly designed or as one reviewer so fittingly said, "piss poor design". The root of the problem is way too much side-to-side play of the shaft, which allows the press plate to apply uneven pressure to the meat.
The manufacturer could easily fix the problem by using a larger diameter shaft on the plunger to remove all the side-to-side play or use the existing shaft and reduce the size of the hole. I'm often surprised when a company knows of a flaw yet does nothing to fix what is otherwise a sturdy product. Also, this press in not dishwasher safe - the instructions say to hand wash.
So did I make eighteen lopsided patties? No, I found a workaround. After making the patty, lift the cover and rotate the patty 180 degrees and press (but not too hard) to even out the patty somewhat. Am I going to keep the unit or return it? I don't know at this point, because in the end it did make a nice patty that grilled without falling apart.
YIKES! Almost 400 words on a darn burger press - I've obviously got way too much time on my hands.