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Weber 6483 Burger Press

Review of Weber 6483 Burger Press

Weber 6483 Burger Press

Pros:

  • Presses burgers ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 pound
  • Clear acrylic design shows when burger is fully pressed
  • Creates a dimple in the patty that prevents puffy burgers during cooking
  • Handle can be removed for cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons:

  • Meat may stick to the press under certain circumstances

Close-up view of Weber 6483 Burger Press

I’ve formed hamburger patties by hand for years and never given much thought to doing it any other way until I recently purchased the Weber 6483 Burger Press.

The press consists of two plastic halves that form a 4-5/8″ wide patty. The bottom half is marked “1/4 LB” on one side and “1/2 LB” on the other; the offset design allows the top half to press down only far enough to make each sized patty.

To make patties, flip the bottom half of the press to the patty size you want to make. To make 1/3 pound burgers as shown here, use the “1/4 LB” side of the press.

Weighing meat for patties

Use a kitchen scale to weigh-out the amount of meat for each patty, or divide the meat evenly by eyeballing it.

Placing meat into burger press

Form the meat loosely into a ball and place it on the bottom half of the press.

Pressing the burger

Place the top half of the press over the meat and press down firmly. The clear acrylic allows you see when the meat has completely spread out to fill the press.

Close-up of dimpled patty

Removing the top half reveals that the press makes a dimple in the patty. This indentation helps prevent the burger from puffing up in the middle as it cooks.

Pressed burger patties

With the burgers pressed, they’re ready to be seasoned with salt & pepper and grilled.

Removing handle from press

The nylon handle can be removed for cleaning.

Burger press parts are dishwasher safe

The burger press parts are labeled “dishwasher safe” on the box. Since the handle was not dirty and is removable, I took it off before running the press through the dishwasher.

Pressed burgers on the grill

Now just grill your pressed burgers as you would any other. I grilled these over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes until 135-140°F for medium doneness. If you’re concerned about the food safety of your burgers, grill to 160°F for well done.

Melting cheese slices and toasting buns

Note how the burgers grilled up nice and flat, not puffy, due to the dimples made by the press.

Pressed burger served with steak fries

Some people using this press report problems with the meat sticking to the press. I didn’t have a sticking problem, but if you do, a little non-stick cooking spray may do the trick. Some suggest using a square of waxed paper or hamburger patty papers to avoid sticking.

Overall, this is a neat gadget that I plan to keep around. It works as advertised, pressing out consistently sized and shaped burgers that grill evenly every time.

What to make sliders? Weber has you covered with the Weber 6485 Slider Press.

For tips on making better burgers, read 5 Steps to Burger Brilliance, an excerpt from Weber’s Big Book of Burgers by author Jamie Purviance.

The Weber 6483 Burger Press is available at Amazon.com.

New Grilling Books For 2015

There’s a new crop of grilling books out for 2015. You may already be aware of some of these, some maybe not. All of these look interesting to me, take a look for yourself and if you’ve read any of them, let us know on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board.

Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ

Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling and Smoking

The Ultimate Book of BBQ builds on the expertise of Southern Living magazine to create the definitive barbecue and outdoor grilling guide. The book features more than 200 of the highest-rated Southern Living recipes for barbecued meats and sides, plus pit-proven tips, techniques, and secrets for year-round smoking, grilling and barbecuing.

The Official John Wayne Way to Grill

The Official John Wayne Way to Grill: Great Stories & Manly Meals Shared By Duke’s Family

John Wayne Enterprises is proud to present The John Wayne Way to Grill, a new cookbook containing more than 200-pages of Duke’s favorite meals, from Tex-Mex classics to the best of Western barbecue and everything in between. More than just a collection of recipes, this deluxe publication will be chock-full of never-before-seen photos of the actor, along with personal anecdotes and heartwarming stories shared by his son Ethan.

Wicked Good Burgers

Wicked Good Burgers: Fearless Recipes and Uncompromising Techniques for the Ultimate Patty

Wicked Good Burgers ain’t your daddy’s patty on a bun. The upstart Yankee team that revolutionized barbecue with their upset win at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational turns their talents to burgers. Wicked Good Burgers fearlessly incorporates new techniques, inspirations, and ingredients to take the burger to the next level – whether it’s the Meatloaf Burger on Pretzel Bread with Cabernet Mustard or the Island Creek Burger with Oysters and homemade cocktail sauce.

Flavorize: Great Marinades, Injections, Brines, Rubs, and Glazes

Flavorize: Great Marinades, Injections, Brines, Rubs, and Glazes

In his latest lip-smackin’ cookbook, Dr. BBQ shows how to dress up meat, vegetables, and fruits with 120 brand-new recipes for tantalizing marinades, mouthwatering injections, savory brines, flavorful rubs, delectable glazes, and full recipes for what to make with them.

Feeding The Fire

Feeding the Fire: Recipes and Strategies for Better Barbecue and Grilling

Joe Carroll makes stellar barbecue and grilled meats in Brooklyn, New York, at his acclaimed restaurants Fette Sau and St. Anselm. In Feeding the Fire, Carroll gives us his top 20 lessons and more than 75 recipes to make incredible fire-cooked foods at home, proving that you don’t need to have fancy equipment or long-held regional traditions to make succulent barbecue and grilled meats.

New Weber Polyester Gas Grill Covers for 2015

Grill cover for Genesis 300 series

In years past, Weber offered two types of gas grill covers: Standard-grade made of regular vinyl and premium-grade made of heavy-duty vinyl.

For 2015, Weber has begun the transition to 100% polyester fabric grill covers. The material is more supple than vinyl, staying soft and pliable even in cold weather. It’s also lightweight, making removing and replacing the cover easier than ever. Covers continue to include Velcro straps for tightening the cover when in place.

Close-up of Weber 7101 packaging

A new feature is an integrated storage pouch sewn into the cover. The cover can be folded into the pouch for storage, and when not in use the pouch stays hidden out of sight inside the cover. If you cover your grill after each use, it’s unlikely you’ll need the storage pouch. But if you cover your grill only at the end of the grilling season, the pouch may prove to be a handy feature.

Close-up view of storage pouch

Each cover comes with a 3-year warranty for defects in material (but not fading), whereas vinyl versions had a 2-year warranty. Prices are slightly higher for these new covers versus the old ones.

It’s too soon to say how well these new polyester covers will hold up to the elements; only time will tell.  As we learn more we’ll be sure to let you know.

Available Covers

At the time of this writing, these polyester gas grill covers are available:

Some covers may fit older grills not listed. Contact Weber Customer Service at 800-446-1071 for assistance. For example, a member of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board reports that the Model 7106 fits the Genesis 1000 and Genesis Silver A/B grills.

Polyester covers are also available for Weber 18″, 22″ and 26″ kettles and Performer grills.

Baking Steel For Grilled Pizza

Baking Steel by Stoughton Steel

In a recent post, I featured a technique for grilling pizza on a Weber Genesis gas grill. Shortly after that post, America’s Test Kitchen Radio reviewed the Baking Steel by Stoughton Steel. They say it’s far superior to a pizza stone and helps you make pizza as crispy as any pizzeria out there.

Baking Steel is 1/4 inch thick

The Baking Steel is a 1/4″ thick piece of steel measuring 16″ x 14″ and weighing an impressive 15 pounds. It gets so ripping hot that it bakes pizza up to 2x faster than a pizza stone and results in a taller, more crispy crust. It can also double as a griddle.

The Baking Steel by Stoughton Steel is available at Amazon.com.

Weber 6409 Salt & Pepper Shakers

Review of Weber 6409 Salt and Pepper Shakers

Weber 6409 Salt & Pepper Shakers

Pros:

  • Clear acrylic design shows fill level
  • Good capacity
  • Catches overflow during refilling
  • Fun iconic Weber kettle shape

Cons:

  • Cannot close the shakers for storage
  • Must cover holes during refilling
  • Kosher salt and coarse-ground black pepper dispense a bit slowly

Filled Weber salt & pepper shakers

The Weber 6409 Salt & Pepper Shaker Set is fun and functional. If you’re a Weber fan, you’ll appreciate the way these shakers mimic the iconic Weber kettle grill, and at $5.99 for the pair, they’re not a bad deal, either.

These shakers hold a good amount of salt & ground black pepper. The clear acrylic construction is not only durable and easy to clean but allows you to see when each shaker needs a refill.

Upside down view of silicone stopper

To fill, you turn the shaker upside down, remove the silicone stopper, and fill from the bottom. You must cover the holes with your hand or place the shaker upside down on a towel as your fill it. Not a huge deal, as just a few grains are lost during the process.

Using a funnel makes it easy to fill these guys neatly, and even if you overfill, the base catches the overflow so you can easily pour it back into the original container. I’m not sure if this is an intentional design feature, but it is helpful.

View of shaker holes

Table salt and regular ground black pepper work best in these shakers, but the holes are large enough for kosher salt and coarse-ground pepper. Both dispense a bit slowly but adequately.

If you intend to leave these shakers outside with your grill, you’ll want to prevent moisture or who-knows-what from getting inside. Unfortunately, they do not close, so you’ll have to put them in a Ziploc bag. Of course, if you’re using them inside the house, being able to close the shakers is not as much of an issue.

The Weber 6409 Salt & Pepper Shaker Set is available at Amazon.com.

Weber 6620 Stainless Steel Spatula

Weber 6620 Stainless Steel Spatula
Weber 6620 Stainless Steel Spatula

If you’re in the market for a new spatula (and who isn’t), this one’s for you. It’s the Weber 6620 Stainless Steel Spatula. Top-rated by Cook’s Country magazine (June/July 2014), they write:

“Testers loved this spatula’s slim, rounded, offset handle, remarking on the agility, sense of control, and confidence that it inspired. Particularly when the grill is really packed, this is your spatula.”

Agility. Sense of control. Confidence. Sounds more like a BMW than a spatula!

The runner-up was the OXO Good Grips BBQ Turner. It took second place in the ratings because it does not feature the offset design of the Weber, making it less maneuverable on the grill.

The Weber 6620 Stainless Steel Spatula is available at Amazon.com.

Replace Your Old Grill Brush

Weber 6493 21-inch 3-sided grill brush
Weber 6493 21-inch 3-sided grill brush

In July 2012, the Centers for Disease Control published an article about injuries resulting from the ingestion of wire bristles from grill brushes. The story was reported widely in the press at the time and caused quite a bit of concern about the safety of grill brushes, and rightly so, since wires can become lodged in the throat or intestines and cause severe pain.

It’s important to check the condition of your grill brush often. If bristles are coming off the brush head, or you’re finding stray bristles inside the grill, it’s time for a new brush. It’s common to not notice anything until you clean-out the inside of your grill and find the bottom filled with little pieces of wire.

Also, after preheating the grill and brushing the grates, spend a few seconds examining the grates. If you find stray bristles on the surface, carefully remove them before placing food on the grill…and then toss that old brush in the trash!

Just to be safe, Weber recommends that you replace your grill brush each spring to avoid any problems. The Weber 6493 21″ 3-Sided Grill Brush is one of the best and is highly recommended by members of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board.

The Weber 6493 21″ 3-Sided Grill Brush is available at Amazon.com

Plancha Bacon Cheeseburgers

On June 8, I posted about buying a Weber plancha for my Summit gas grill. The first thing I cooked using my new toy was bacon cheeseburgers. Yum!

I preheated the plancha for 10 minutes over medium-high heat, then fried-up some thick-sliced bacon over medium heat.

Bacon on the Weber plancha
Bacon on the Weber plancha
Bacon close-up
Bacon close-up

Once the bacon was done, I used some long tongs and a wad of paper towels to sweep the bacon fat to the drain. Next I grilled the burgers to medium doneness. A friend recommended that I try Prather Ranch ground beef from the Campbell Farmer’s Market. Very nice meat, but about twice the price of regular ground beef. Not an everyday thing but definitely a nice treat.

I formed the patties by hand and seasoned both sides generously with kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper.

Burgers getting planchafied
Burgers getting planchafied

Got some good crustification on both sides.

Burger close-up
Burger close-up

Topped that burger with two slices of Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese and some crispy bacon.

Burger smothered with melted cheddar cheese and bacon
Burger smothered with melted cheddar cheese and bacon

Toasted me a bun on the grill and this meaty masterpiece was ready for condiments and my burger hole!

Burger ready for assembly
Burger ready for assembly

You can see that the plancha did a great job on the bacon and gave me a good crust on the burger. That cast iron construction is the key…it really holds the heat.

Next time I may try a Weber grill press to see if I can get even more crusty goodness on a plancha burger.

The Weber Style 7577 Premium Cast Iron Plancha is available at Amazon.com.

Weber Style 7577 Premium Cast Iron Plancha

Weber Style 7577 Premium Cast Iron Plancha

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to do more cast iron grilling. Another resolution was to buy more grilling toys. So I recently got the Weber Style 7577 Premium Cast Iron Plancha for my Summit 450 grill.

Plancha out of the box

Plancha is a Spanish term for a metal plate or griddle or flat-top grill used for cooking. Here’s how the Weber plancha looks out of the box. Heavy cast iron construction with a glossy porcelain enamel coating for easy cleanup and no seasoning like raw CI. The plancha replaces one of the grates in your gas grill. The cooking surface is slightly angled forward so that liquid runs toward the drain at the front of the plancha and exits into your grill’s grease tray.

You can cook anything on a plancha that you would normally cook using CI. Think meat, fish, fruits and veggies, even breakfast foods. I’m thinking about several things I want to try and I’ll post the results here.

These planchas are not one-size-fits-all. You have to buy the right one for your specific grill. You’ll find a big selection of Weber planchas at Amazon.com.

Why not just use a cast iron skillet or a griddle on the grill? You could, but the benefits of larger size, high sides, no seasoning, and liquid drainage makes these planchas hard to beat!

The Weber Style 7577 Premium Cast Iron Plancha is available at Amazon.com.

Buying A New Vinyl Grill Cover

New cover on my dad's Genesis 2
New cover on my dad’s Genesis 2

When was the last time you paid attention to the cover on your gas grill? I mean really examined it carefully, with a discriminating eye? Is it brittle, faded, and cracked? If so, it may be time to treat your grill to a new vinyl cover.

Weber makes covers to fit even some of their oldest gas grills, like my dad’s Genesis 2 shown here. This is a Weber 7552 Premium Vinyl Cover that fits Genesis Silver C,  Genesis Gold B/C, and Genesis 2000-5500 grills. Since the Genesis 2000 was an newer version of the Genesis 2, this was the correct cover for my dad’s grill.

If you have questions about which cover is the right one for your gasser, don’t hesitate to contact Weber Customer Service at 800-446-1071. They’ll help you figure it out.

Once you know which cover you need, Amazon has a wide selection of Weber gas grill covers at very competitive prices. That’s where I ordered this one for much less than the price at Weber.com. Amazon also carries Classic Accessories Veranda grill covers that fit many Weber grills and come highly recommended by members of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board.

So show your gas grill some love, and protect your investment in Weber quality. Buy a new grill cover today!

The Weber 7552 Premium Vinyl Cover is available at Amazon.com.