Ground meat is used in a multitude of recipes, from burgers to sausages and in stews or casseroles. It is very convenient to use store-bought ground meat, but grinding your own means you know exactly the meat you’re getting there is no mix of products.
Either manual or automatic, meat grinders are affordable with complete control to make your own blends from any cut of meat. You decide the quality of meat, the amount of fat to add, and how fine or coarsely grind.
There are a lot of decent meat grinders on the market, and we have selected a few for a range of budgets.
List of best meat grinders
- Best electric – AAOBOSI Electric Meat Grinder – 3000W Max – Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Meat Mincer
- Best manual – Huanyu Manual Meat Grinder Sausage Stuffer
- Best budget – Kitchen Basics 3 N 1 Manual Meat and Vegetable Grinder Mincer, 3 Size Sausage Stuffer
- Best attachment – KitchenAid KSMMGA Metal Food Grinder Attachment
Things to consider before buying
A good meat grinder should be easy to set up, use, and clean. Most come with the same features, and they need to be sturdy enough to deal with the amount of meat ground.
Manual or motorised
Manual, hand-cranked meat grinders are usually less expensive. As they don’t hold electric parts or a motor they tend to be smaller. However, a sturdy manual grinder should still allow you to grind at a consistent speed with a minimum of manual power. If you cook with ground meat often, we recommend getting a motorised model. There is little to no manual power needed to produce large amounts of consistently ground meat.
Whatever you buy, sharp blades or plates are very important. Avoid plastic and dull blades as they will pull rather than grind the meat resulting in a paste. Stainless steel is the best option and even though slightly more expensive will last longer. Besides having a sturdy model, always grind meat when it’s well chilled as it will be easier to grind.
Some grinders come with different plates and have different sizes for grinding meat. Consider the recipes you will make the most and whether you need extra features or different sized grinding plates.
Overview of best meat grinders
With 3000 Watts of peak output power and 800 Watts rated power this is the most powerful grinder on the market for home use. A full metal gearbox and metal gears grind up to 2 pounds of meat per minute which is fast, convenient and economical if you need to grind larger batches at one time.
Three various stainless steel cutting plates are included for coarse, medium, and fine grinding of meat, as well as 3 sizes of sausage stuffing tubes with an adapter and 1 kubbe attachment.
A single On/Off button makes it easy to handle this model. In case of jamming, the ‘reverse’ button will rotate the auger in the opposite direction emptying the head quickly. Some Amazon buyers state that the machine might heat up when grinding large amounts at one time but a built-in circuit breaker will prevent the motor burnout. This model is not dishwasher safe but cleaning is easy in warm water but always dry the parts immediately after washing. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, 12-month replacement warranty and lifetime service support.
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Best manual – Huanyu Manual Meat Grinder Sausage Stuffer
Although manual, this model is on the expensive side, but is a very sturdy, durable meat grinder. The body and all metal parts are a one piece casting and made of stainless steel which is completely dishwasher safe and 100% safe against oxidation, blackening or rusting. A double fixation with a bottom strong suction cup and a stainless steel table clamp prevent the machine from moving during use.
All kinds of meat can be ground as well as vegetables with low moisture. This multi-purpose model is convenient and practical and will also make sausages. The best part of this manual model is the lack of noise during grinding. A one-year warranty service is guaranteed with damaged parts being replaced free of charge.
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If you are only grinding meat sporadically or in small batches, this manual budget model is perfect! Although the body is made of plastic, the blades are made of sharp stainless steel which are, besides grinding meat, also strong enough to crush nuts or other hard ingredients with a choice of fine or coarse grinding plates.
A sausage funnel (3 sizes included) is delivered with the machine to make delicious homemade sausages. You can even try to make pasta and create rigatoni or spaghetti with the elements included in this package. This model is easy to use and clean with the detachable parts being dishwasher safe.
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Best attachment – KitchenAid KSMMGA Metal Food Grinder Attachment
If you already have a stand mixer, a food grinder attachment is a good solution. We all know the famous KitchenAid stand mixer and as with other attachments, they also have a great meat grinder. The power of the motor runs the metal food grinder attachment which is an optional piece and can only be bought separately. There is a choice between fine, medium and coarse grinding plates as well as two sausage stuffer tubes. A large enough food tray allows you to prepare enough ingredients in one batch without going forward and back, cutting down on food preparation time. It is recommended to pre-chill the grinder in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain a cold grinding temperature for a neat and clean grind without clogging the machine.
This specific model includes 1 metal food grinder, 1 removable food tray, 1 fine grinding plate, 1 medium grinding plate, 1 coarse grinding plate, 1 cleaning brush, 1 food pusher, 2 sausage stuffer tubes, and 1 sausage stuffer plate. Please note that there are also smaller plastic attachments for KitchenAid that come at a lower price.