Grilling is a great way to feed a crowd. It’s done outdoors, so it’s easy to be social while you work, and you can fit a lot more food onto a barbecue than you can fit into a frying pan on the stove. The hardest part about grilling is getting the timing down. This isn’t a big deal for chicken, which really needs to be well-done no matter what, or for long-cooking items like ribs, but it can be a big deal for burgers when people want their meat cooked to different levels of “doneness.” Hand-shaped burgers are different sizes, different thicknesses, and need vastly different cooking times. It’s frustrating for the griller and the diner when the burgers are under or over cooked.
The only way to minimize the problem is to standardize the burger patty sizes so that you will know exactly how long they need to cook. There are lots of cookie cutter-like gadgets that do this, but the Kitchenart Adjust-A-Burger lets you control the size and weight of your burger a little more easily. It works just like the Adjust-A-Cup measuring cups, where you press your meat into the cup after setting it at the size you want, then push up on the plunger to eject the burger. The meat shouldn’t be packed in too tightly, as that can have a negative impact on the texture of the burger, but it’s pretty easy to avoid this issue with this gadget, since you really don’t have to handle the meat all that much. The Adjust-a-Burger makes 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2-lb burgers. There is a mini version that makes 1, 2 and 3-oz sliders, as well.