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Meat Grinder Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a meat grinder.

Getting Started

Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.


If you are a person who loves to prepare and cook your own food. a meat grinder is something you might want to consider. With your own meat grinder, you control the ingredients and the amount of fats, salts, and other additives, which is very good if you are on a strict diet. Chunky sandwich spreads, savory appetizers, hearty soups, homemade sausages, and other meat dishes are easy to make with the help of these machines. There are two types of meat grinders: manual grinders and electric grinders. 


Manual meat grinders are intended for processing relatively small quantities. They are built to be clamped to a counter or table and hand-cranked to grind 2 to 3 pounds of meat per minute. They usually include several cutting plates that rotate against a cutting knife to produce small (3/16 inch) or large (1/2 inch) bits of ground foods. The food to be cut, which may be turkey, chicken, duck, pork, beef, veal, venison, or vegetables, is hand fed into the funnel formed on top of the grinder body and driven by a spiral auger into the cutting blade as it feeds the materials through the cutting plates.

Electric meat grinders are more complex in design, but similar in function. They are equipped with 2 or 3 different sized cutting plates, such as 3/16, ¼, and ½ inch. In addition, the grinder may have a food pushing tool and an assortment of sausage extrusion tubes that assist with the flow of the ground sausage into the various types of casings. Most grinders will have operational functions for reversing the motor if meat jams in the grinder. With most electric models, you must remove the knife and plate to clear clogs. Electric meat grinders will produce higher volumes of food with a minimal amount of effort. 

Considerations for all small appliances: 

  • Determine your cooking needs and wants--both current and future. Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen?
  • Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all those new small appliances?
  • Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your cabinets. Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.
  • Decide on the color of your new small appliance. 
  • Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those who have large families or like to entertain choose to buy larger appliances.
  • Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances may. 

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