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A burger press helps home chefs create perfectly shaped patties, but the unnecessary gadget is more inconvenient than helpful. Burgers don’t need to be uniformly molded for proper cooking, and the press won’t affect the taste of the meat at all. Plus, the shaper comes with its own host of issues, like the need to sanitize between uses to prevent the spread of E. coli. Save time, money, and space in your kitchen by using your hands to form your hamburgers instead. If you really want a consistent patty shape—or if the thought of touching raw meat disgusts you—try molding your burgers with other kitchen tools like an ice cream scoop, mason jar lid, or measuring cup.
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