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What to Look for in a Hamburger Patty Former

January 26, 2018

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Whether you’re preparing hamburgers, turkey burgers, salmon burgers, or even veggie burgers, the perfect patty former will make your job significantly easier. Once the burger mixture has been added to the infeed hopper, the operator can sit back and relax while the equipment molds gourmet, perfectly tender patties and then uniformly stacks them with a piece of paper interleaved between each patty. Not only does the equipment help you create consistent, well-formed patties, but it will also save you time and money. If you’re struggling to decide which product to purchase, scroll down to learn what to look for in a hamburger patty former.

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What to Look for in a Hamburger Patty Former

Proper Patty Formation

As the primary function of a hamburger patty former is to form patties, it’s important to check the shape and thickness of the final product to ensure it suits your needs. So if you’re wondering what to look for in a hamburger patty former, start with top-of-the-line mold plates made from high-quality stainless steel. In addition, check that the former automatically scores the patties using a pick-head assembly and that the product is USDA accepted.


No one likes a tough, dense burger. Although you could purchase a separate tenderizer to prepare your meat before forming the patties, why not find a hamburger patty former that tenderizes while forming the patties? This ensures that the final product has a perfectly tender, chewable texture.

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Ensight Solutions Model D Food Shaper (Patty Former)

Interleaving Paper

Whether the patties will be cooked immediately after formation or frozen for later use, it’s helpful for them to be separated with paper to prevent them from sticking together and preserve their shape. Some hamburger patty formers offer an exceptionally helpful feature, a mechanism that interleaves paper between the individual patties as they’re uniformly stacked.

Product Takeaway Conveyor

Conveyor systems are crucial in the mass production of food products, allowing the process to keep moving and avoid backups. A product takeaway conveyor will safely and quickly transport the patties to their next destination.

Large Infeed Hopper

The larger your infeed hopper, the more product you can insert at once. The hopper is the primary opening used to insert meat into the machine. Consider your current and future production needs to determine your ideal production capacity. You may need a hopper that can accommodate 100 or even 200 lb. of product.

Removable Electrical Box

Ease of maintenance is crucial for all food production equipment, as it must be kept clean and properly sanitized. Look for a patty former with a removable electrical box, which will greatly improve the process of sanitation. Instead of carefully cleaning around the electrical box and worrying about damage, you can simply remove it beforehand.

Flexibility & Control

If you’re wondering what to look for in a hamburger patty former, don’t forget about flexibility and control. Consider the design of the control components and the options available to adjust the procedure. You may also wish to seek out a machine with variable-speed operation and various operating voltages.


Now that you know what to look for in a hamburger patty former, are you ready to start shopping? Check out the Model D Food Shaper from EnSight Solutions. This all-in-one patty former can create up to 4,200 patties per hour. The homestyle, gourmet patties are tenderized for optimum texture and bite, and the machine interleaves paper between the individual patties for your convenience. The team at EnSight Solutions has over 100 years of combined experience in the food processing industry, and we would love to help you find your next piece of equipment. For more information, contact your state’s EnSight Solutions specialist, send a message to info@ensightsolutions.us, or give us a call at 1-855-736-2195.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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