The 6 Best Meat Grinders to Buy for 2018

Use these appliances for quality meats ground in your own kitchen

Gideon Hand Crank Manual Meat Grinder
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While meat grinders aren’t as common in today’s kitchens as they were in decades past, they’re beginning to become more popular as people become more and more concerned about the food they eat.

When it comes to ground meat, many consumers want more control of the cuts being used and prefer to grind the meat right before it’s used. Other people are becoming more interested in making their own custom sausages, with just the right mix of spices.

But meat grinders aren’t just for meat – they’re also...MORE ideal for grinding the corn that’s used for making tamales and tortillas. They can also be used for grinding bread for crumbs or for grinding vegetables for soups or purees.

Meat grinders range from inexpensive manual models that rely on the user’s ability to keep cranking to grind the meat, to expensive electric models that can make short work of many pounds of meat with very little work from the user.

While meat grinders don’t have a lot of different features, some include multiple cutting plates for grinds of varying coarseness and others might have sausage-stuffer attachments for turning the ground meat into complete sausages. 

  • Best Overall: Homeleader Electric Meat Grinder

    This mid-ranged electric meat grinder is the right choice for many users who aren’t ready for a professional machine, but who will be grinding enough meat that hand-cranking is inconvenient.

    This includes a food pusher, three different-sized sausage attachments, as well as three different cutting plates, for coarse, medium and fine ground meat. It also has a detachable tray to hold the meat conveniently and non-slip rubber feet that keep the machine stable. A tomato juicer and vegetable shredder...MORE make this even more useful.

    A large button turns the machine on and off, so you can push it with the side of your hand, even if both hands are messy from handling the raw meat. This has an 800-watt motor and metal gears for powerful performance, a circuit breaker to protect from overheating and a reverse function to prevent jamming. The machine should be used for a maximum of ten minutes at a time for grinding (it'll need to rest for another ten minutes to cool down before grinding again).

    The working parts disassemble easily for complete cleaning and the cutting plates and blades are dishwasher safe. All other parts should be washed by hand. It should always be cleaned as soon as possible after grinding.

  • Runner Up, Best Overall: Betitay Electric Meat Grinder

    If you’re looking for a meat grinder specifically for making kibbeh (a Middle Eastern dish, often made with minced lamb) this grinder will have you making your own kibbeh at home in no time.

    If you don’t know what kibbeh is, this grinder can grind meats for burgers or sausages (and you can experiment with kibbeh when you’re ready to try new things).

    This includes three cutting plates, one sausage attachment, one kibbeh attachment, one cutting blade, one food pusher and one hopper plate. It can...MORE handle up to 100 pounds of meat per hour, so it’s ready for some serious work, but it weighs a little less than 11 pounds, so it’s easy to move and store.

    This has an on-off switch with reverse to eliminate jams, as well as a circuit breaker to protect the motor from overheating. This is designed for quiet operation and for easy disassembly and cleaning. It should not be used for grinding hard foods such as nuts or fibrous foods such as ginger.

  • Best Budget: Pictek Meat Grinder

    If you’re looking for a budget-priced meat grinder, this small grinder will help you grind meat for your family’s burgers or make sausage for the freezer. It disassembles easily and all grinder parts are dishwasher-safe for super-easy cleaning..

    This has a vacuum-suction base that keeps it stable on any flat surface and it includes a dual-use finger protector that helps insert the crank into the body and also works as a food pusher to send meat into the grinder. The grinder body is made from ABS...MORE plastic, while the blade and handle are stainless steel for durability.

    While this wouldn’t be a good choice for turning a side of beef into burger meat for the year, it’s a very inexpensive way to grind small amounts of meat for immediate use. Even if you decide that grinding your own meat for taco night isn’t for you, this can be used for grinding vegetables, nuts, garlic or even pepper.

  • Best Manual: Gideon Hand Crank Manual Meat Grinder

    If you aren’t sure if grinding your own meat makes sense, or if you know you’ll only be grinding small amounts, this manual grinder is just what you need. It’s designed to be easier to crank than old-style metal grinders (and it takes less storage space).

    This has a suction cup base, so you don’t need to find an edge for a clamp. When you’re done grinding, just turn the knob to release the suction. The grinder comes apart easily for cleaning. Even better, most of the parts are dishwasher safe....MORE Since it’s not electric, you can use it anywhere, even outdoors, when you’re grinding something messy.

    This has two stainless steel plates for coarse or fine grinding, and can puree vegetables for soups or sauces. The fine plate can even be used for mincing garlic when you need a whole lot of garlic. It also includes a pusher.

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  • Best Stand Mixer Attachment: KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment

    If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, it might make sense to get a meat grinder attachment rather than buying a stand-alone grinder. Like other attachments for the stand mixer, this attaches to the power hub and uses the mixer’s power to grind the meat.

    This has a fine plate and coarse plate, so it can be used for grinding meats, dried bread, as well as firm fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Most parts are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. It also includes a meat pusher, which has a wrench on the...MORE opposite end for unscrewing the ring that holds the plates in place.

    While this is all you need for grinding meat, there are add-ons that work with this grinder that make it even more useful. An optional food tray (Buy on Amazon) expands the surface area for holding food at the top of the grinder, making it faster and easier to keep feeding food into the grinder.

    An optional sausage stuffer attachment (Buy on Amazon) works with the grinder to feed the prepared sausage mix into casings. It includes both a narrow tube that’s ideal for breakfast sausages, as well as a large tube for bratwurst, Italian sausage and other large sausages.

  • Best High-End: LEM Products 0.75 HP Stainless Steel Electric Meat Grinder

    If you buy meat in bulk, you go hunting or you want to take up sausage making as a hobby, this grinder can handle pretty much anything you throw into it, and it has the power for frequent use. It can grind up to 360 pounds of meat per hour, so you’ll be done with big projects in no time at all. The downside is that this is a heavy piece of equipment, weighing 47 pounds, so it’s not something that you’ll want to move around regularly.

    This has all-metal gears with roller bearings and a...MORE .75-horsepower motor. Accessories include a big bite auger, a meat stomper, a stainless steel knife, a fine plate, a coarse plate, a stuffing plate and three stuffing tubes for different-sized sausages.

    If this is a little too much grinder for you, there is a 0.35-horsepower unit by the same manufacturer that weighs a more reasonable 36 pounds. If you need something more powerful, there’s a one horsepower grinder that weighs a whopping 63 pounds, for serious grinding and sausage making.

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