Just a little over a month ago, I found a site that had a photo from Pinterest with an AMAZING burger I wanted to try. I dubbed it the Cheddar Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped, Guacamole Burger. All I had to go on was the picture, with no recipe to be found. The recipe used a burger press. I immediately headed to Amazon to find one. Much to my dismay, most of them were in excess of $30 or did not get great reviews. I proceeded to make the recipe for stuffed burgers without one. It looked something like this. A burger shelled into the bottom of a round tupperware dish.
After making it I learned that the burger press in the recipe was called the Burger Pocket Press. Many thanks again to WTF Pinterest as I was given the opportunity to review the Burger Pocket Press for free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.
If you’ve been here before, you might have learned that I’m the world’s worst burger maker. They either come out too round like meatballs or burger balls as I like to call them (because apparently they don’t spread like cookies), too small or they crumble, even with nothing in them. So to me, the Burger Pocket Press was not only an opportunity to perfect a regular burger, but to also jazz it up with yummy goodness on the inside. You can put ANYTHING YOU WANT in the burger, so I rounded up a slew of ingredients such as blue cheese, cream cheese, jalapenos, red onions, black beans, corn, rice, provolone, cheddar and more. Stuffed burgers, here we come!
The first round was a little rough. I missed a step. The second time around, I felt like a champion. If I would’ve used the postcard style instructions that came in the box, I would’ve aced it the first time around. It’s simple!
The Burger Pocket Press is comprised of four pieces. Each piece of the Burger Pocket Press is labeled to follow the written instructions, though I found the postcard style to be much easier to follow.
Read more to learn how easy it is!
Step 1: Fill the top of the Stuffed burger with 1/3 cup of ground meat. Use the bottomless red ring. Then use the flat yellow piece to flatten it. You can see the difference between the two yellow pieces because one of them serves to hollow out the bottom half of the burger, while the other is completely flat on the bottom. (Use the flat one). To flatten, you simply twist and rock.
Step 2: Form the pocket of the Stuffed burger with 1/2 cup of ground meat. Use the red ring with a bottom. Then use the non-flat yellow piece to hollow out the burger and form and edge, otherwise dubbed as “the pocket” for your stuffings. Again, twist and slightly rock. The rocking motion seems to reduce the sticking of the meat to the yellow piece.
Step 3: Fill the pocket with fix’ns. This is my favorite part. Again, you can use ANYTHING! If you’re going through a rough time, you can buy 5-10 lbs of meat (ground beef, ground chuck, turkey, ground chicken, ground buffalo, ground sausage or anything ground – though ground buffalo is not the most frugal option) and use up the other ingredients you’ve got lying around to make a creative work of art. Pictured below, we used blue cheese, red onions, cheddar and cooked bacon pieces.
Step 4: Insert Ring. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP! If you forget this, as I did the first go round, your burger will not join properly!
Here’s what it looks like when you miss step 4 (top burger) versus including step 4 (bottom burger)!
Step 5: Insert flat patty from first step (the one you created with the bottomless red ring and compress with the flat press while twisting and rocking!
And VOILA! After pressing remove the ring and flip the remainder of the unit upside down, tapping out your burger gently!
My overall opinion of the Burger Pocket Press: At first, I was taken aback, but only because I failed to follow the simple directions. After following the instructions, as I am not a culinary whiz, I absolutely love it. For those who are patty masters, they might say they don’t “need” it, but quite frankly, I feel that my stuffed burger was way more enticing than a patty master’s stuffed burger. At $14.99, I feel it’s a great value, particularly because it’s dishwasher safe! It really make me feel like I’m making something special for my family! Since you can use virtually any ground meat and any ingredients, you can tailor the recipe to create a reduced calorie or special diet option.
Now that I have it down, my next challenge will be to see how quickly I can slam the stuffed burgers together. No need for instructions: I have them memorized! I have a few summer birthdays coming up and I love hosting gatherings at my place. This will surely wow my guests!
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