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Burger Presses

Burger presses promise to make patty preparation quicker, with more consistently shaped results than making them by hand.

What We Learned

We’re always careful to shape patties gently since compressing and overworking the meat turn it tough, but we wondered if a burger press could make the job easier and the results more consistent. We tried out five models, priced from $6.90 to $22.17, making burgers of every size allowed by each press. Those designed like a waffle iron or tortilla press—load ground meat and press dow...