The 10 Best Manual Meat Grinders
This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Preparing food mechanically by hand tends to offer more control than using electrical appliances, and meat grinding is no exception. Because many home cooks lack the counter space and the need for a powered machine, there are many options for making patties using only elbow grease and a few gears. Here are the most reliable and the easiest to use, no matter how many burgers you need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
November 16, 2018:
First off, be careful when navigating this category to avoid super-cheaply-made, no-name imported products — which appear to be everywhere. Chop Rite makes close to what we'd consider "professional" grade (considering, though, that pro chefs and caterers would likely need a higher-volume, electric model), and they're actually the continuation of Enterprise meat grinders, which were produced for over 100 years before being re-branded. Porkert is another name that some people recognize — they've been around for a while. For simply a family's occasional use, though, the Gideon is wildly popular, as is the Bellemain. The Wonder Mincer is a little different, as it needs already-cubed meat, and uses 6 blades to deliver a "grind of a thousand cuts" sort of texture, which, incidentally, makes for finely minced veggies. Just don't get overzealous and try to use it for steak tartare — that dish calls for a sharp chef's knife.