You all know that I’m a huge fan of stuffed burgers. In particular, my favorite is my “Hot ‘n Nasty” burger stuffed with cheese and diced jalapeno peppers. Today’s review is of a product that will assist in making those stuffed burgers: the Stufz Ultimate Stuffed Burger System.
- Diameter: 4 1/2” (5” from hinge to edge)
- Chamber Height: Between 2 and 2 1/4”
- Fully Extended Height: 3 1/2”
- Dishwasher-safe: Yes
- Material construction: food grade durable plastic
About This Product
Stufz is the brainchild of Dave Hanson of Brownstown Township, MI. As a child, Dave was interested in figuring out how things worked and trying to improve upon them. This curiosity along with a creative side carried through to a career as an automotive engineer.
It was an unfortunate layoff that allowed Hanson to embrace another passion – inventing new and innovative products to make everyday tasks easier to do. His first creation, the Stufz Ultimate Stuffed Burger System, started out as a sketch on a paper napkin inspired by seeing friends attempting to put different ingredients between two hamburger patties.
The Stufz burger system has a single mechanism that both seals the patty and forms the pocket. The pocket former is unlocked and locked in place by a slight turn when the handle is all the way to the top.
There are three steps to creating a stuffed burger using Stufz:
- Use the pocket former to create a pocket in meat placed in the chamber.
- Add your favorite ingredients to the pocket.
- Create the seal (with meat applied to the top of the Stufz) by pressing down on the handle (with the pocket former locked).
I’m a huge fan of the Burger Pocket Press, so it would be interesting to see how the Stufz would compare.
The two products have a similarly sized meat chamber. Both products can form stuffed burgers as well as regular burgers. There are a couple of things that I really do like about the Stufz:
- The product is one solid piece instead of multiple pieces.
- The bottom of the Stufz is removable, allowing for easy removal of the burgers when finished with stuffing.
With advantages also come disadvantages. The main complaint is that the mechanism that locks/unlocks the handle for forming the pocket sometimes feels clunky. I had to make extra certain that the pocket former was securely locked when trying to form unstuffed hamburger patties. Sometimes the pocket former would come unlocked when attempting to pull the handle back up. Another issue is the price point – some may find the price of this gadget ($19.99) a bit high.
Overall, I would say that the pluses to this gadget definitely outweigh the minuses. Having everything in one connected unit is very convenient, and the removable bottom is absolute gold!