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Top 4 Best Meat Grinders of 2019

Best meat grinder reviews of 2019

Best-in-class
STX International STX-3000-TF

STX International STX-3000-TF Turboforce Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer

Heavy-duty meat grinder

A range-topper household meat grinder designed to deal with almost all raw animal products.

#1: STX International STX-3000-TF Review

Why buy the burgers at the local butcher shop when you can use a meat grinder to make your own? The STX International STX-3000-TFcan chew through most meat cuts with plenty of power, so you can make those delicious burger patties or meatballs your family adores.

It’s highly aesthetically appealing and performing, and we like that it always empties the whole grinding tube for easier cleaning; you won’t have to scrape out any chunks and will need less than 15 minutes to clean it out.

Although impressing with its grinding power, you shouldn’t use the STX-3000-TF to grind bones and tendons. Nevertheless, this machine can easily outweigh its rivals, grinding up to 360 lbs. of meat per hour.

Superb build quality, three grinding modes, and a really wide range of accessories are some further reasons why this meat grinder is our favorite.

Best value
Altra AZ-MG090

Altra AZ-MG090 Stainless Steel Meat Mincer & Sausage Stuffer

Best value for money

A mean and powerful machine capable of grinding two pounds of meat in just one minute.

#2: Altra AZ-MG090 Review

Whether it’s for your home or business, the Altra AZ-MG090 never bogs down when it comes to heavy-duty meat grinding. Robust, well-finished, and easy to clean, it can produce two pounds of minced meat per minute.

Highly performing in all circumstances, we like that it never mushes. It grinds meat perfectly for meatballs and hamburgers, and it also comes with an accessory to stuff sausages.

We also like its triple-layered brushed stainless steel housing that is not only strong, but it’s also rustproof and attractive.

Built-in accessories box, easy operation, and anti-overheat protection bring further value, making the AZ-MG090 the best meat grinder for the money.

Also great
Aobosi MG420

Aobosi MG420 Electric Meat Grinder

Best for making sausages

Plenty of accessories and three sausage kits make this meat grinder a sausage lover’s favorite.

#3: Aobosi MG420 Review

Similar to our best value in terms of performance and power, the Aobosi MG420 Electric Meat Grinder is slightly more expensive, but it’s preferred by those who need a grinding machine mostly to make sausages.

It comes with three stuffing tubes and an adapter, but also with plenty of other accessories to grind all types of meat and even garlic.

Simple controls make it super-easy to use by the first-timers. All parts can be attached and dismantled easily, for thorough cleaning of both the main body and accessories. Just make sure to dry all parts quickly after washing and treat them with a bit of oil to prevent rust and ensure a longer life service.

Best budget
AICOK MG-2430RB

AICOK MG-2430RB Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer

Best light-duty meat grinder

An excellent meat grinder for smaller families and lighter duty meat mincing needs.

#4: AICOK MG-2430RB Review

A bit less powerful than our other picks, the AICOK MG-2430RB is compact, easy to use, and inexpensive. It allegedly has the same grinding speed of our best value. However, grinding two pounds of meat per minute with this unit could easily overheat and overload its motor.

At a moderate grinding pace, though, this meat grinding machine is more than satisfactory. It also comes with plenty of accessories you can use to make burger patties, meatballs, or sausages.

Stylish and easy to use, the grinder is also durable thanks to its stainless steel housing. Like all the other grinders on this list, the AICOK is not dishwasher-friendly, but it’s really easy to clean.

Great build quality and good performance make this cheap meat grinder ideal for anyone who needs a reliable machine but has a lower budget.

Types of meat grinders

Whether you want to make your own burger patties, meatballs, or sausages, when it comes to mincing meat, you have two choices. Mince it with a butcher’s knife or use a meat grinder. If you opt for the latter, there are three types of meat mincers you can choose from.

  • Manual grinders: If you only grind meat occasionally and don’t mind using a bit of elbow grease, a manual meat grinder can be a cheaper alternative to all other kinds. This type of meat grinder is also powered by your force alone, so it could be a great choice if you plan to use it in areas where there is no electricity.
  • Attachment grinders: Most stand mixers and food processors are compatible with meat grinder attachments. They might not have the power of an electric meat grinder but are surely easier to use than the manual type. Offering a great balance between price and convenience, they are an excellent choice for light-duty meat grinding. Like the electric grinder below, attachment grinders often double as sausage stuffers when used with the right accessories.
  • Electric grinders: If you grind meat regularly and look for unrivaled power, an electric meat mincer is the way to go. These machines are fast, powerful, and produce perfectly minced meat; however, they are also the most expensive. Nevertheless, an electric meat grinder is a worthy investment if you want to make your own burgers, sausages, and other minced meat specialties. In fact, most people who need a sausage stuffer decide to invest in a meat grinder thanks to the excellent results this type of machine produces.

Electric meat grinder power

Like all kitchen appliances, such as an electric griddle or coffee grinder, electric meat grinders come with motors of different power ratings. Most domestic use grinders have a power rating between 300 and 800 watts, whereas a commercial meat grinder usually exceeds 800 watts.

The output power determines the grinding speed but also the type of meat products your meat grinder machine can handle.

If you only want to grind lean meat, lower power of up to 500 watts should suffice. For heavier-duty grinding that includes bone and tendons or high-volume applications, aim for a machine in the 700-800 watts range.

What foods can you grind with a meat grinder?

Meat grinder machines are often used as all-around food grinders by homeowners. However, just because some people praise the capacity of a meat mincer to grind fruit or vegetables, it doesn’t mean you should use your machine for such a purpose.

Meat grinders are designed to deal with meat and its byproducts only. Each manufacturer gives a clear indication of what you should or shouldn’t grind with the machine.

In most cases, you’ll be able to grind:

  • Fish
  • Chicken (including thighs)
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Game meat
  • Garlic

Domestic meat grinders are usually not powerful enough to grind bones and tendons without overheating. Furthermore, fruit and vegetable juices produced during the grinding process could have a corrosive action on the components of your machine.

Speed and plate size

The power of your meat grinder is not the only thing that determines the grinding speed. The size of the plate can also greatly influence it. One thing you should know is that many manufacturers tell the “size” of their machine rather than the diameter of the plate, as shown in the table below:

Meat grinder size

Plate size (diameter)

5

2-1/8 inches

8

2-1/2 inches

12

2-3/4 inches

22

3-1/4 inches

32

3-7/8 inches

What meat grinder size should you get?

It is easy to understand that a smaller meat grinder will need more time to mince a pound of meat than a bigger one. The grinding speed can vary from about 120 to over 360 pounds per hour. However, the bigger the plate size, the bigger the overall dimensions of the machine. In most cases, a mid-size unit offers the best compromise for home users.

Plate holes diameter

Most electric meat grinders come with different types of plates that have smaller or bigger holes. The diameter of these holes determines how fine or coarse the grind is.

You will usually need:

Holes diameter

Grind type

Suggested use

3/32” – 1/8”

Fine grind

Bologna, Franks, hamburgers

5/32” – 3/16”

Medium grind

Breakfast, Polish, Italian sausages; burgers

1/4” – 3/8”

Coarse grind

Pepperoni, salami, bratwursts, chorizo, chili meat

1/2” – 3/4”

Very coarse grind

Stew meat, meat chunking

Other features to consider

Whether you’ll like or hate your new meat grinder is also influenced by several other factors. A few important features to check before buying include:

  • Cleaning ease: Most grinders (and meat slicers) on the market are easy to dismantle and wash; however, only a few models have dishwasher-safe components.
  • Stainless steel construction: This material is more resistant than plastic and much easier to clean and keep sanitized. It also keeps unaltered the flavor of the meat as you mince it.
  • Overheat protection: Stops the unit if the motor overheats due to overuse or improper use, prolonging the unit’s lifespan.
  • Overload protection: Just like the overheat one, it stops the machine in case of an overload.
  • Reverse function: Allows you to deal with eventual jams quickly and easily, without having to dismantle the entire unit.

How to use a meat grinder

Grinding meat with a meat mincer could seem straightforward at first glance. Feed meat chunks through the hopper and wait for minced meat to come out through the other side. However, the process is a bit more specific if you want to get perfectly ground meat.

Step 1 – Prepare your meat

Big chunks of meat can jam the machine. Butchers and chefs recommend cutting a large chunk into thick cubes or strips (about 1-2 inches thick) to speed up the grinding process and prevent jams.

Place the pieces on a tray coated with a baking sheet and freeze for about half an hour. You want the meat to be slightly frozen (you should still be able to cut it with a knife), not solid frozen.

Step 2 – Prepare the grinder

Place all cutting parts in a clean tray and freeze them alongside the meat chunks. You want everything to be as cold as possible, especially if you want to grind a large batch of meat, to prevent the development of bacteria.

Step 3 – Grind the meat

Assemble the machine following the instructions provided by the manufacturer, using the right plate for the food you want to make, as described in the plate holes diameter section earlier.

Fill a large bowl with ice – at this stage, it would help using a portable ice maker if you have one to add fresh ice as soon as the cubes start to melt. Now, place a smaller bowl in the ice bowl to collect the minced meat into it.

You can now plug the appliance, turn it on, and start feeding the meat through the hopper.

Use the provided pusher to push the meat into the grinder; never press the food with your fingers.

Collect your minced meat into the cold bowl, then season and use it to prepare your favorite dishes.

When to season the meat when using a meat grinder?

Contradictory information found online could create confusion regarding meat seasoning. Some sources say you should season the meat before grinding it. Others claim you should only add the seasoning after the meat is minced.

To shed some light on the matter, you should always season your meat after you’ve minced it unless you’re making sausages.

If you are making sausages, you should mince the meat already seasoned with your favorite spices, fat, and garlic (if the recipe includes it) together, to enhance the flavor.

How to use a meat grinder to stuff sausages

If you want to stuff sausage casings, prepare everything as described above, but also place a sausage stuffer attachment in front of the plate when assembling the machine.

Pick the sausage casing of your choice and carefully push it onto the wet sausage stuffer. Push as much casing as you can fit on the attachment.

Start the grinder and follow the grinding procedure above, but at the lowest possible speed if your meat grinder has adjustable speeds. The ground meat will fill the casing, pushing it off the attachment in the process, until all the casing has been used.

If you wish, you can tie or twist the sausage at the desired length. When all the casing has been used, tie a knot at its end, to prevent the filling from falling out, then cook the sausages or smoke them with an offset, propane, pellet or electric smoker to preserve them for a longer time.

The best meat grinder for the money

Best value
Altra AZ-MG090

Altra AZ-MG090 Stainless Steel Meat Mincer & Sausage Stuffer

Best value for money

A mean and powerful machine capable of grinding two pounds of meat in just one minute.

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