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Meat Grinders

Meat lovers who appreciate not just a good burger, but a great one, know that grinding your own meat is totally worth the effort—provided you’re using a well-made machine.

What We Learned

Hoping to single out a worthwhile contender, we rounded up four models—three stand-alone machines and a grinder attachment for our favorite KitchenAid stand mixer. We then processed 1-inch chunks of sirloin steak tips and fatty pork butt through the medium and large grinder plates, for hamburger and chorizo, respectively.

The lone hand-cranked apparatus got itself in a jam—literall...