I have long desired to be able to make restaurant quality hamburger sandwiches at home and now I believe I have achieved that dream — to the extent possible.
Here is what Amazon says about this machine and I have to tell you, after unboxing it and using it, they are right on the money with this one:
- 4 in 1 Cooking Versatility: Indoor BBQ Grill, Grill/Griddle, Full Griddle, and Bacon Cooker. Cook Burgers, Chicken, Steak, Fish, Paninis or Vegetables Just Like You Would on a Traditional Grill or Open Flat to Make Eggs, French Toast and Pancakes For breakfast.
- Double Griddle: All You Need for the Perfect Breakfast. Easily Cooks Eggs, Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage and Much More.
- Grill and Griddle Combo: Make an Entire Meal at Once by Positioning the Plates Into a Grill and Griddle Combo. Grill Chicken to Perfection on the Grill, While Your Veggies Cook on the Griddle Side.
- Easy, No Mess Bacon Cooker: Make Your Bacon Crispy and Delicious Without Any Messy Splatters and No Turning. Just Flip the Kickstand to Elevate the Grill for Easy Bacon Cooking and Better Grease Drainage and Delicious Results.
- Serves Between 6 to 12: Family Sized 100 Square Inch Surface Can Grill up to 6 Servings at Once or Double the Size by Opening 180 Degrees.
- Cooks More Than Steaks, Bbq and Burgers: Grill Bacon, Chicken, Fish, Pizza, Vegetables, Fruit and More. Use the Griddle Plate for Eggs, Pancakes, or French Toast. Also Great for Paleo and Keto Diets.
- Adjustable Temperature Control: Allows for Cooking at Low or High Heat Settings up to 400 Degrees. the Preheat Light Will Come on When the Unit Is Heated.
- Removable Nonstick Cooking Plates: An easy, push button removal makes adjusting the grill plates easy for your cooking needs. Once cooled, The removable plates can be put in the dishwasher for quick cleanup.
Now before I go any farther, I am obliged to tell you that I am not being compensated in any way, shape, form nor manner by either Amazon or Hamilton Beach for my praise on this blog of this product. I am legally obligated to tell you that and now that I have told you that, let us continue.
I set the machine up which means “I plugged it into an electric wall socket” and set the preheat to 375-degrees.
Before I preheated the grill, I made my hamburger patties.
I formed the patties using a hamburger press:
GWHOLE Non-Stick Burger Press Aluminum Hamburger Patty Maker with 100 Wax Papers for BBQ Grill and here are the details about this product as well:
- Food-grade aluminum die-cast, pie plate as a whole, the quality is reliable
- Simply load the burger maker with meat, fish or a veggie mixture and press down the handle to produce a perfect thick round burger!
- Non-stick cast aluminum, 100 free parchment paper included, which makes releasing the burger from the press a breeze, also can be used for BBQ
- More than a mold. Can be used as a roast plate and heated on the fire directly
- Detachable solid plastic handle saves storage space when going out for picnic or outdoor BBQ
Once I had weighed and pressed my hamburger patties out onto a cutting board, I seasoned each one with a mixture of equal parts of salt, pepper, onion powder and a product called “Accent.”
Here is what “Accent” Looks like and once again I must tell you that I am not being compensated in any way, shape, manner or form by the company who makes “Accent” or by any other entity connected to the product or its brand name:
I did not use a spoon or anything to season my hamburgers. I used the “Pinch” method, using my fingers to lift a dab of each ingredient high above the patties (so that the grains of seasoning would spread out as they fall from my fingers) and I seasoned only one side of my patties even though some people do season both sides. It is hard to get too much seasoning because a lot of it flows off the meat as the meat cooks and loses fat content on the grill.
I did toast my hamburger buns.
I have this marvelous toaster that allows the user to toast only one side of the bread. I believe they built it that way so that people could toast bagels on only one side but I use it for my hamburger buns as well and it does a great job. I don’t remember where I got it. But if you do not have such a toaster, you can toast your buns in a skillet with a little oil iin it on top of your cooking stove.
By the time I had prepared my hamburger patties, my Hamilton Beach grill had long since preheated itself to 375-degrees and I was ready to place the meat onto the grill.
Let me stop here for a minute and tell you that I did not use the “Grill” plate of the machine for these burgers. I used the “Griddle” plate in both the top and bottom of the grill machine. Both the top plates and the bottom plates of this machine heat up to the same temperature and both help to cook the hamburgers when you close the lid of the machine down on the patties. This cuts the time to cook the burgers literally in half.
So I put the patties on the grill and closed the lid and the cooking began.
I was surprised to notice that there was very little smoke coming from the grill throughout the entire cooking cycle. I had expected to see a kitchen filled with smoke from the cooking but there was very little at all. What little smoke did escape from the griller appeared to me to be more like “Steam” than “Smoke.”
Since I like my hamburgers medium well done, I cooked the burgers at 375-degrees for a total of 4 minutes. (You might want to go an extra minute if you want your burgers a little more well done.)
I have to tell you that my burgers were, to my way of thinking and to my tastes, excellent!
Once I put the finished burgers onto the buns, I dabbed each of them with 5 dabs of ketchup, 5 dabs of yellow mustard and added 3 sweet pickle slices and a thin slice of sweet white onion.
When I am talking about “Dabs” of ketchup and mustard here, I am talking about little amounts of the condiments that are each about the size of a pencil eraser.
I like my burgers with a tall glass of cola drink and perhaps a few french fried potatoes. Usually I use frozen french fries which are prepared in either an air fryer or a conventional oven because that I believe that is the quickest way to acceptable fries. But when I am not in a hurry I make my fries in a pot of oil on the stove top.
I hope you all enjoy this.