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    Meat press

    What's the best meat press for say, smash burgers? I don't know if I'd trust one with a wooden handle for longevity. Also one that has flex to it might not be the best.

    #2
    Everything I have seen sez to form the GB into a ball and smash on the griddle with a spatula, (or two).

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      #3
      Originally posted by RonB View Post
      Everything I have seen sez to form the GB into a ball and smash on the griddle with a spatula, (or two).
      Yes that's what I'm using now but my spatulas have slots cut in them. I'm thinking more heavy. And something I could use for other things like a steak press or cooking bacon and hash browns.

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        #4
        Large mortar trowel, and relatively cheap.

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          #5
          https://mgrills.com/collections/acce...d-burger-press

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            #6
            I use the big spatula from Blackstone along with their heave duty scraper to smash it down. The scraper works well to scrape the burger off of the bottom of the spatula if it sticks.

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              #7
              This bacon press lives in the corner of my Blackstone. I put the ball of meat on the griddle, set a small square of parchment paper on it, then use the press.

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              • jfmorris
                jfmorris commented
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                This is my technique as well, with a Lodge press.

              • Alabama Smoke
                Alabama Smoke commented
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                I have a circular one such as the one shown in the internet address posted by @CofortablyNumb above. I also have a rectangular one I prefer for bacon. Both are cast iron. Less expensive than stainless steel, but they must be seasoned well to keep the press from sticking to your GB. Wood handles are convenient and I do not need a glove using them, but I once forgot I had a gas burner or two still on, closed the griddle and walked away. Will have to buy a dowel to cut down and replace.

              #8
              https://theburnshopwf.com/product/steak-press/

              smooth surface, can’t flex...

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                #9
                I use the bacon press. Did it last night. Also, mine has a wooden handle. Not sure if you are talking about a bacon press. It's hefty and well made. No issues. Press on!

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                  #10
                  I use two spatulas and press down with both. Works like a charm.

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                    #11
                    Originally posted by Polarbear777 View Post
                    https://theburnshopwf.com/product/steak-press/

                    smooth surface, can’t flex...
                    I like this one. Looks like it would last a life time. Thank you

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                      #12
                      I use this one:

                      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

                      I cut a square of parchment paper or two, and use it to press the smash burgers, and prevent the press from sticking. The Lodge works well, and is good as a beacon/steak/chop press as well.

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                      • Alabama Smoke
                        Alabama Smoke commented
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                        Hey Jim, does your handle with the spiral bail handle get too hot to handle or can you use it bare handed? I really like this one myself.

                      • USMCCrashCrew89
                        USMCCrashCrew89 commented
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                        I use the same one, except splat the ball o beef on the blackstone, then press down with the spatula and apply pressure with the lodge press on the spatula. If you apply pressure and slide the spatula off the smash burger it keeps you from having to use parchment paper.

                        No issues with the wire handle heating up.

                      • jfmorris
                        jfmorris commented
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                        Alabama Smoke - Tom, I can use it bare handed. When pressing burgers, I don't leave it on the griddle top, so its not getting too hot. When using it to flatten out bacon, along with a second press I have, I have always been able to handle it with my bare hand. The wire coil around the handle seems to stay cool.

                      #13
                      I just bought one the other day.

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                      It’s pretty heavy. I don’t think it needs to be any heavier, seeing as how I plan on leaning on it. The brand is Geesta, if that matters. There are many similar to it on Amazon.

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                        #14
                        I have had some rust issues from not caring for my cast iron Lodge press very well. So I have been considering stainless instead. After a quick gander on Amazon, I found a couple of reasonably affordable presses.

                        https://www.amazon.com/HULISEN-Stain...-garden&sr=1-5

                        https://www.amazon.com/RUSFOL-Stainl...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

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                          #15
                          I really like the Dexter Russell turner I picked up on Amazon last year. It is a beast, and is great for scraping those patties off the griddle and keeping all the seared crust intact.

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