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10 Cooking Tools For the Burger Lover

Jun 6 2013 - 11:30am

If you or someone you know is a burger aficionado, then chances are, many a burger will be grilled this Summer. Gearing up for the high season? Make sure everything you need is at arm's length; the right tools are a must to keep those patties seasoned, stored, and cooked properly. Check out 10 picks we think every burger lover should own.

Burgers Cookbook

Miranda Ballard's Burgers & Sliders [1] ($17) covers classic burger recipes plus ethnic takes too, like a Mexican burger with guacamole and fresh salsa and a lamb burger with feta and tzatziki. Each of the 30 recipes is accompanied with a full-colored picture of the finished dish, so you know what you're about to grill.

Salt and Pepper Mill Duo

All good burgers begin with salt and pepper, but hmm. . .where did that pesky pepper grinder go? Never lose the salt and pepper again by storing them together in an Ozeri Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Mill and Grinder Duo [2] ($29).

Meat Grinder

Serious burger fanatics prefer to grind their own meat. If you own a KitchenAid standing mixer, simply fix on this Chefs Choice Meat Grinder Attachment [3] ($200) and start grinding up beef, lamb, pork, salmon, and chicken.

Pocket Thermometer

Sometimes a full-size probe thermometer is too bulky for the grill setup. A Weber Pocket Thermometer [4] ($28) makes it easy to whip out and check the meat's temperature.

Burger Seasoning

Parmesan, garlic, porcini mushroom, and Worcestershire make the Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Burger Seasoning [5] ($11) one umami-filled way to liven up burgers.

Stuffed Burger Basket and Press

Minneapolis's world-famous stuffed burgers can be re-created at home using the Jucy Lucy Stuff A Burger Basket and Burger Press [6] ($30). Try it out on this brie-stuffed burger recipe [7].

Hickory Smoked Sea Salt

The Apple Pan in Los Angeles is famous for its hickory-smoked burgers. That woodsy flavor lingers in my burger dreams, but if you don't have a smoker at home, the next best thing is to season the patties with something like Sur La Table Hickory Smoked Sea Salt [8] ($10).

Stainless-Steel BBQ Spatula

The durable material makes this Rösle Stainless-Steel BBQ Spatula [9] ($39) one you'll keep and use for burger flipping years to come.

Hamburger Patty Papers

For your next picnic, neatly stack hamburgers [10] in between these hamburger patty papers [11] ($13). As a bonus: the paper ensures that you can flip the burgers onto the grill without letting your hands touch the meat.

Griddle Pan

You can't always fire up the grill outdoors, but the Scanpan Mixed Grill and Griddle Pan [12] ($200) is a nonstick pan (that's metal utensil-safe too), giving you an indoor burger fix.

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