Burger Stuffer, the Invention You Never Knew You Could Live Without

Insert toppings, like cheese or bacon, inside the hamburger before cooking

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By David Hammond

You can almost hear the late-night television announcer asking, “Are you plagued with toppings falling off your hamburger? Are you tired of cheese and bacon and other toppings slipping off the burger and on to your lap, causing embarrassment and greasy stains? Do you wish there was a way to keep the toppings and the burger together?”

Well, now a solution is at hand. It’s called the Fully Loaded Burger Stuffer. What the Burger Stuffer does is make it possible to insert what are normally toppings, like cheese or bacon, inside the hamburger before cooking.

I’m tickled by kitchen toys, endlessly amused by the Rotato Express Potato Peeler (“Peels potatoes, fruits & vegetables. No waste! No effort! As easy a 1, 2, 3!”), intrigued by the Handy Sealer (“Every home needs plastic bag sealers. Over 20,000,000 cannot be wrong.”), and generally tickled by any gadget that makes it more fun to make dinner.

The Burger Stuff is fairly simple to operate.

1. You put one small beef patty in each of two circular molds.

2. Move over an arm and press down to create indentations in each burger half.

3. Move the two patty halves together.

4. Et voila: you have one burger with all the fillings inside.

I had written recently about having a bag of truffles that we weren’t sure how to use.  We had stored some truffles in butter, and we put that mixture inside the burger. This seemed a good way to get the most flavor out of the truffle.

After grilling the burger, the truffle “filling” did stay inside, where it was supposed to be, infusing the meat with the earthy tang of the costly, much vaunted fungus.

Of course, the Burger Stuffer is perhaps not advisable for use with lettuce, tomato or other ingredients you need to keep fresh and crispy, but for sloppier stuff – like the cheese and bacon – the Burger Stuffer seems like a way to keep it all in one place. You may very well be able to live without it, but it’s a kitchen amusement for the person who simply cannot have enough gadgets. 

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