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I need a Good Meat Grinder That Is Not Too Expensive

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  • Meathead
    • May 2014
    • 1460
    • Chicago area
    • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen

    I need a Good Meat Grinder That Is Not Too Expensive

    I hate the Kitchen Aid meat grinder attachment. It just doesn't have the muscle to push silverskin and connective tissue through the plates (yes, I try to remove it, but when it comes to grinding pork butt there is no escaping it). Does anyone have a recommendation? I'll even switch to hand crank if it works better.
  • klflowers
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 3481
    • Tennessee

    I use the Kitchen Aid with no problems, but I don't grind a lot of meat. But you know your peeps will be along any minute with grinders I have never even heard of, and I will start thinking I need one of them just cause that's what these people to to others lol.


    • ComfortablyNumb
      Club Member
      • May 2017
      • 3409
      • Northeast Washington
      • KBQ C-60
        Thermoworks Smoke
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      What's expensive? And it depends on how much you'll be using it. LEM and Weston are both good brands that you can't go wrong with. This is the one I use, it isn't cheap, but I can grind a whole hog without it batting an eye and putting out as fast as I can put in.


      • klflowers
        klflowers commented
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        See what I mean? Now I want that.
    • Meathead
      • May 2014
      • 1460
      • Chicago area
      • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen

      ComfortablyNumb YIKES! That's a beauty. But I don't make that much sausage to justify it, and I'd like to find one that I can recomment to readers who, like me, only occasionally make sausage. Is there anything of consequence for under $150? The Kitchen Aid is about $80, and I hate it with a passion. I wonder if a hand grinder will be better thinking I might be able to apply more torque than the KA motor.


      • DiverDriver
        DiverDriver commented
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        I also hate the KA cheesy excuse. I used it several times and gave up. I use a hand crank Griswold handed down from my grandmother. Works so well and keeps cold as it is heavy cast. I see them all the time at yard sales here is one for $9 on Ebay..

    • Troutman
      Club Member
      • Aug 2017
      • 7465
      • aka Troutman Taco - Hanging Free in Tejas




        SOUS VIDE


      I use this model LEM. It does the trick, I think it's about $170....



      • Meathead
        Meathead commented
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        I like that it is all metal

      • Uncle Bob
        Uncle Bob commented
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        Meathead I'll second this one from Steve. I've got it and it's a good "upper end" household use. Can move a lot more product than typical homer would do, but for the price it's a good value. Get the foot pedal to aid sausage making, helps with control.
    • barelfly
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 1333
      • New Mexico
      • Smokin-It 3D
        Weber Kettle with an SNS
        Masterbuilt kettle that I call the $30 wonder grill
        Bullet by Bull Grills gasser
        Anova WiFi sous vide machine
        Thermoworks Thermapen and Chef Alarm

      Meathead I have this, it’s good and has a .5hp. motor. And it’s on sale at your price point!



      • surfdog
        Club Member
        • Mar 2016
        • 1167
        • Sunny SoCal
        • Cooking gadgets
          Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
          Weber Summit Platinum D6
          Blue Rhino Razor
          Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
          Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
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          Other useful bits...
          KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
          A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
          A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
          Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
          All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
          Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
          Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

        Just curious Meathead but which KA are you using?
        I have a 7-qt Pro Line which has a 1.3 HP DC motor. It goes through everything I've tossed at it. It's essentially the same as their commercial line with a different cord and without the NSF certification.
        Last edited by surfdog; February 5, 2020, 02:32 PM.


        • Meathead
          Meathead commented
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          About 10+ years old? Labeled "Special Edition" Model KSM5SEWH Head lifts with a crank, doesn't flip back.

        • surfdog
          surfdog commented
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          Meathead A quick search and that one appears to be 325 watt. By comparison, the one I have has a 1.3 hp DC motor in it...which would convert to about 970 watts...but it probably delivers around 581 watt to the bowl. Their other models seem to range from 325 up to 575.
          The popular Artisan is 325, the Professional HD is 525, and the Professional 600 is 575. How much of that power is actually transferred to the bowl I couldn't say.

          But I could see lower power ones choking on silver skin etc.
      • johnec00
        Charter Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 580
        • Orlando, Florida
        • Equipment:
          '88 Vintage Fire Magic gasser with over 3000 cooks to its credit
          18 Inch Weber Kettle (Rescued from neighbor's trash)
          Rotisserie for 18 inch kettle
          Master Forge propane smoker
          Pit Barrel Cooker
          Smokey Joe with mini WSM mod
          Garcima paella burner
          Anova Sous Vide
          Slaiya Sous Vide (gift)
          2X Thermoworks cooking thermometer
          DIY 4 channel bluetooth thermometer
          LEM grinder, sausage stuffer and meat slicer (all gifts)

          Favorite Beer:
          Key West Wheat

        3 or 4 years ago, my daughter bought a refurbished LEM #8 grinder probably an older model version of this:


        She paid something like $60.

        It does not get heavy use, but it is totally acceptable for our use. Two weekends ago we made sausage, we ground 2 butts through a 1/4" plate without any trimming of silver skin, then, for binder, about a half a picnic twice through a 1/8" plate, again without trimming. Meat was nearly frozen, and ground cleanly without problem.

        The knife that came with it was not particularly effective, so I upgraded to this: https://www.lemproducts.com/product/...grinder-plates

        The knife is well worth the additional $20.


        • Timbo54
          Club Member
          • May 2018
          • 155
          • Roseville , Ca

          I have the Smoke House Chef attachment for my KA 5-Qt Pro. All of the pieces are dishwasher safe (SS). I use it almost weekly to grind pork or beef. My only complaint is it sits pretty high on the counter which could be a problem for some.


          • 58limited
            Club Member
            • Dec 2018
            • 999
            • SE Texas
            • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~Benjamin Franklin

            I don't know what you consider expensive but if you want something cheaper for small batches go with a vintage hand cranked grinder. I never made sausage before, never really planned to, but I wanted to custom make ground beef blends for hamburgers. I've had bad experiences with new stuff so I went vintage (just like my 1950s kitchen) and I made a low-ball offer on ebay for an old but big motorized grinder and I've made over 100 lbs sausage and processed 4 deer since November. I actually haven't done the hamburger meat yet, having too much fun with sausage making. I wrote about it here:



            • Meathead
              Meathead commented
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              She's a beauty!
          • CaptainMike
            Club Member
            • Nov 2015
            • 2540
            • The Great State of Jefferson
            • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
              Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
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              20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
              Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
              36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
              Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

            I traded up to the all metal KA meat grinder attachment and it makes quick work out of whatever I've thrown at it, bigger chunks, silverskin, gristle, handles it all with out bogging down the motor. I won't buy a new grinder, but the sausage stuffer component of it kind of sucks (basically takes 2 people unless you're fortunate enough to have a 3rd arm) so I might trade up to a stand alone stuffer. https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KS...SIN=B07GK7XKJK
            Last edited by CaptainMike; February 5, 2020, 04:25 PM.


            • HouseHomey
              Club Member
              • May 2016
              • 5430
              • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
              • Equipment
                Primo Oval xl

                Slow n Sear (two)
                Drip n Griddle
                22" Weber Kettle
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                Blackstone 36” Pro Series
                Sous vide machine
                Kitchen Aid
                Meat grinder
                sausage stuffer
                5 Crock Pots
                Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
                cast iron pans,
                Dutch ovens
                Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
                The help and preferences
                1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
                A 9 year old princess foster child
                Patience and old patio furniture
                "Baby Girl" The cat

                Erik S.

              I know this doesn’t answer your question but perhaps it’s time to invest in a new KitchenAid.

              I use the KitchenAid meat grinder with the regular classic model mixer and I absolutely love my KitchenAid. I don’t make a ton but I do grind a lot of meat and grind my /piork for sausage.

              in the interim the single best thing you can do to help your KitchenAid is do half inch by half inch strips as long as you can make them. By just dropping them in there and letting it catch you’ll never need the pusher which just creates a vacuum. I don’t even freeze mine if you’re grinding properly you don’t need your stuff in the refrigerator or freezer. I am uncertain of the model you are using other than it sounds like it’s old.

              In fact I prefer the plastic parts because they don’t heat up. I love my KitchenAid grinder. Admittedly it is not for thousands of pounds of meat. Hope this helps a little bit in the interim but that cut on your prepped meat is really the trick and it doesn’t need to be frozen


              • RichieB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2018
                • 1565
                • Western Mass

                I dont do a lot of grinding. 20 years ago, different story. 😁 I have the plastic attachment for the KA. I do freeze the meat and cutting tools. For ground beef mainly chuck, 2 cycles at course and then fine with freeze at each stage. It solved the fall apart when making patties. I've done bacon, pork and brisket. Again not large volume. I know some of you do pounds at a time so a more powerful unit is needed.

                I know this adds no value to Meathead ask.


                • Macktechie
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2018
                  • 193

                  This would be a great topic for next review. Meat grinders for under 200. I have been wanting one for around that price range.


                  • lemayp
                    Club Member
                    • Jan 2016
                    • 217
                    • Chesapeake Va
                    • Weber Smokey Joe
                      Weber 22" with Slow 'N Sear
                      Pit Barrel Cooker
                      Engelbrecht Braten Campfire
                      Maverick ET 733
                      Thermapen MK4
                      Favorite Beer - Bells Two Hearted

                    I watched LEM's site and picked up a big bite #8 refurbished for about $180. Probably more than I'll ever need. They've got a couple of the lower cost models refurbished for sale right now.




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