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Gift Guide for the Burger Aficionado

A Meat Grinder VOL-40743-2

A meat grinder you say? Yes, I do, and here’s why: Grinding your own meat gives you better flavor, better texture, and it’s safer. A dedicated meat grinder is your best option if you’re planning on grinding on a regular basis, so put your food processor aside. If you own a mixer, most companies offer attachments. For the true burger aficionado, a standalone meat grinder like this one from Vollrath offers you the power to grind over 200 pounds of meat per hour.

Squeeze Bottles 352401-2

Let’s face it, if you’re grinding your own meat, you know exactly how you like to dress your burger. The best way to avoid a mess and store any homemade condiments is in these plastic squeeze bottles. They’re affordable and give you that authentic diner feel.

A Hamburger Turner 353062-2

Also known as a spatula, but that’s not nearly as festive, is it? This stainless steel turner is strong enough to keep your burger pressed to the griddle to perfectly sear your patty. Plus, it’s made of sturdy stainless steel that will last forever and hold up against the highest heat.

Commercial Salt Shaker 357473-2

When you’re working fast, seasoning that 200 pounds of burger you just ran through the grinder, you’ll really benefit from having a high volume salt shaker. These stainless steel shakers are exactly what you see at diners and drive-ins all over the country. They’re perfect for rapidly and evenly coating your food with a dusting of salt.

A Griddle Pan VOL-77530-2

This non-stick aluminum griddle pan is a great surface for retaining high heat and getting a nice sear on your hamburger. It’s durable and a welcome addition to any kitchen. While the deep-walled cast iron skilled is the more common pan for burgers, we prefer the shallow sides of the griddle pan which give you a little more leverage when smashing and scraping up patties.

Top 8 Essentials Every Kitchen Should Own

Kitchen essentials don’t have to be expensive. I asked our very own expert, Chef Jeff, to give me a list of kitchen gadgets and supplies that all chefs, both home and professional use on a regular basis. You won’t find anything here that requires a major investment, just reliable tools for real chefs who cook on a daily basis.

Kitchen essentials don’t have to be expensive. I asked our very own expert, Chef Jeff, to give me a list of kitchen gadgets and supplies that all chefs, both home and professional use on a regular basis. You won’t find anything here that requires a major investment, just reliable tools for real chefs who cook on a daily basis.

Winco Timer

1. Kitchen Timer

Ever pop a loaf of garlic bread in the oven and completely forget about it until you hear the smoke alarm going off? It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Keep the burning to a minimum with an electric kitchen timer. This Winco kitchen timer, available at Burkett, has an easy to read display, loud alarm, and a magnetic clip for easy mounting. What more could you need?

2. Kitchen Thermometer

Digital Thermometer

A good instant-read thermometer is the only way to ensure that your food come out at the perfect temperature, the perfect amount of doneness, every time. Relying on accurate timing or, even worse, cutting and peeking, isn’t worth ruining a perfect steak. Go ahead and buy a high-quality, fast, digital thermometer and never have a piece of undercooked meat again.

This digital pocket thermometer from Burkett is money well-spent. It’s waterproof, field calibration ready, and has a thin tapered tip for precision accuracy.

Paring Knife

3. Paring Knife

Let’s be honest, all of you professional chefs out there are probably saying, “What about a chef’s knife?!”, and you’ve got a point. However I have a feeling you’ll come around to the convenience of a paring knife for small, everyday tasks like cutting off a bit of butter, taking the rink off some citrus fruit, or slicking up garlic.

4. Dough / Bench Scraper

bench scraper

A bench or dough scraper doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for the kitchen essentials list, but that’s because you’re not using it regularly. Just wait; it will become one of your favorite tools. Keep one next to your cutting boards. It quickly transfers chopped veggies into your pots and pans and scraps into the garbage. It has a variety of other uses, including cutting pizza dough, ground beef, and releasing those tiny bits of dried dough from your work surface. This bench scraper makes picking up tiny bits of chopped herbs a breeze. With its comfortable wood handle and sturdy construction, you’ll wonder how you ever operated without it.

5. Food Scale 

digital food scale

Kitchen scales take the guess work out of baking. The inaccuracies involved in scooping a single cup of flour (up to 25%, seriously) will send you running to the store for a kitchen scale this instant. A good digital kitchen scale will make baking with weight measurements a pleasure, it will also help you determine how much moister your chicken lost during roasting, or exactly how far you’ve reduced that stock.  Important things to look for when shopping: Up to a 8lb capacity, a zero-out (tare) function, easy to read display, and a flat design for storage.

Pepper Mill

6. Pepper Mill 

Do yourself a favor, buy everyone you know a real pepper mill and save yourself, and your loved ones, from ever consuming ground pepper again. Wooden pepper mills are much better than the plastic disposable type and they’re an investment that will improve almost every savory food you cook.

7. Mandoline Slicer

Mandoline Slicer

This might be my favorite tool. A mandoline slicer makes short work of all your slicing and julienne tasks. You’ll be surprised to find that most mandolines in your typical home goods stores are quite pricey. Mandolines slice a variety of foods and are constructed to last for a long time. Walk into any restaurant and you’ll see one or two of these preparation slicers.

8. Metal Mixing Bowls 

Mixing Bowls

Forget the fancy designs and heavy lifting with fancy glass mixing bowls. Professional chefs know, metal mixing bowls are lighter, take up less space, and last longer. With metal mixing bowls, you won’t have to worry about chips from your glass or ceramic mixing bowls landing in your batter. There are a variety of sizes to choose from to suit your kitchen needs. You’ll find that these mixing bowls are cheaper at restaurant supply stores, like Burkett, rather than anywhere else.

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