Best Meat Grinder Reviews

Tired of buying ground meat? With the best meat grinder in your kitchen, you’ll open up a whole new world of culinary delights. Grinding and mincing chunks of tender beef, chicken, pork, turkey - even vegetables and fruits is so easy with the right kitchen appliance. You just have to know where to look!

Lucky for you, the home and kitchen appliance experts at Fire Food Chef are fanatics about quality cooking ware. Whether it’s a high-end electric smoker or a stainless steel electric meat grinder, you’ll always find the best options for price and value among our detailed reviews.

You’ll find the best meat grinder reviews below with the key features, pros and cons listed for each of our top ten picks. For a quick glance, check out the chart!

In a Hurry? This was our Winner:

Editor's Pick Badge
The Powerful STX Turboforce Classic 3000 Series Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer Review

The Powerful STX Turboforce Classic 3000 Series Electric Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer

Why is it better?

  • Premium quality
  • Polished cast aluminum and stainless steel parts
  • Can grind between 180 to 240 pounds of meat per hour

98/100
our score


researched sources

10

Research
 QUERIES

reviews considered

316

REviews considered

hours researched

49

hours researching

products compared

10

products compared

Last Updated: April 9, 2020

By William Clay: This article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information regarding meat grinders available for those who are tired of buying ground meat. The best 10 available have changed, and information has been added to assist individuals in finding the best meat grinders currently available on the market.

Top 10 Meat Grinders

Best Meat Grinder Reviews (Full)

Grinding your own meat can really improve the flavor, taste and healthiness of your meals [1]. Burger patties, meat pies, and pates can all be achieved with a quality meat grinder of your own.

If you want to take more control of your health, check out these nine selections and start visiting your local butcher more often [2]!


Features

  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 6.5 x 14.5 inches
  • Weight: 12 Pounds
  • 3000W Motor
  • 3 Stainless Steel Cutting Blades
  • 3 Tempered Steel Grinding Plates
  • 3 Speed Switch System - High, Low and Reverse
  • Meat Tray (3lb Capacity)
  • 1 Tempered Steel Beaner (Sausage Stuffing) Plate
  • 3 Sausage Stuffing Tubes (1/2", 5/8" & 3/4")
  • 1 Kibbeh Making Attachment
  • 1 Meat Pusher
  • 2 Free Meat Shredder Claws
  • 3-in-1 Burger-Slider Press

REVIEW

This year’s top pick overall for the best meat grinder is, without question, the STX Turboforce Classic, a powerful meat grinder and sausage stuffer in one. The Classic 3000 Series is an electric grinder, thoughtfully bundled with some amazing accessories.

For about half the cost of a commercial grade grinder, the STX Turboforce puts premium quality within reach of the average homeowner. Its heavy duty construction is evident just by looking at it, but it’s surprisingly easy to assemble. Polished cast aluminum and stainless steel parts such as the grinding plates, meat hopper and cutting blades, ensure the grinder will hold up well for years to come.

Although it’s not commercial grade, the STX Turboforce can grind between 180 and 240 pounds of meat per hour. The powerful 3000 watt motor is far more powerful than any of the other picks in this review, with the exception of the LEM Stainless Steel Big Bite. You can choose from 3 different speed settings, as well as a stop and reset button for the ultimate in controlled meat grinding!

With its advanced variable intake design, the auger has a much larger capacity than the average household grinder as well. You can even grind larger portions more easily. The size 12, food-grade grinding head is much larger than the average countertop grinder, allowing the STX to quickly grind or mince through food in less time.

A ton of accessories are included with the STX to help make your prep work even easier. Meat shredder claws for pulled or shredded meat, a 3 in 1 burger slider press, sausage stuffing tubes, and even a kibbeh maker, are just a few of the thoughtful bonuses.

You may pay more for the STX Turboforce than the average grinder, but this ain’t your average meat grinder by a long shot!

PROS

  • Powerful 3000W motor grinds up to 240 lbs of meat per hour
  • Large capacity auger holds more meat and larger portions than most
  • Stainless steel and cast aluminum parts
  • Amazing accessories included

CONS

  • Requires routine maintenance by hand
  • More costly investment than the average countertop grinder
  • Does not grind or chop vegetables, fruit, nuts, animal tendons or bones

Features

  • Dimensions: 20.2 x 9.1 x 16 inches
  • Weight: 33.1 Pounds
  • Food Tray
  • Meat Pusher
  • 3 Sausage Stuffing Tubes
  • 2 Stainless Steel Plates 

REVIEW

When you need a commercial grade meat grinder, LEM Products are considered among the best. The Stainless Steel Big Bite Electric Meat Grinder is a heavy duty, commercial grade meat grinder made by a family owned company that prides itself on innovation.

Nothing is overlooked in the engineering or construction, ensuring that the Big Bite will last you several years of use. The stainless-steel motor housing, all metal gears with roller bearings, and heavy duty handle are all proof of the durability, but it’s the motor that really impresses.

Operating on an efficient 110 volt, the permanently lubricated motor utilizes an improved grease formula to reduce motor noise, significantly., as well as a built in circuit breaker. Backed by a five year warranty, the Big Bite Grinder is ETL certified to UL standards [​4].

For grinding and mincing meat, vegetables, and even bone, the Big Bite is equipped with a choice of two removable, stainless steel plates, coarse (3/8") and fine (3/16"). A stainless steel knife, head, auger and large meat pan are also part of the package for added convenience.

With the addition of three sausage stuffing tubes, the LEM Big Bite is a fully complete meat grinder that will turn your fresh meat into delicious burgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, breakfast sausage links, mince pies and more!

As many reviewers agree, worth every penny!

Pros

  • Commercial grade quality
  • Sausage tubes included
  • Large capacity for serving high volume
  • Powerful yet low noise 110V motor

Cons

  • Requires routine maintenance by hand
  • More costly investment
  • Large kitchen appliance takes up space on the counter

Features

  • Dimensions: 17.2 x 9.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Weight: 9.05 Pounds
  • 2000W Motor (Maximum)
  • Sausage Tube
  • 2 Kibbeh Maker Attachments
  • 2 Stainless Steel Blades
  • 3 Grinding Plates
  • 1 Meat Pusher
  • Concealed Storage Box Design

REVIEW

Homemade burgers, meatballs, meat loaf, sausages and more are all possible with the powerful Altra Electric Food Meat Grinder. Less costly than the top pick, the Altra compares favorably with the STX Turbo in several aspects.

Heavy duty construction makes the Altra extremely durable. Combining three-layer reinforcement stainless steel, thicken aluminum alloy and high-end ABS, this meat mincer will resist corrosion after years of repeated use.

Garlic, chili, ginger, ground beef, pork, poultry - the Altra’s powerful motor and wide diameter blades churn out consistently ground or minced food in just minutes. With its built in 350W motor (2000W max), the multifunction Altra Electric Grinder can mince or grind up to two pounds of meat per minute.

Ideal for high volume use, the Altra grounds and minces rapidly thanks to large cutting blades and grinding plates for different levels of coarseness. Fine, medium, or coarse - you get to choose with the press of a button. There are 3 cutting plates that can be easily changed and cleaned.

A concealed storage box is built into the Altra Electric which can be used for the storage of the accessories. The accessories can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. With routine cleaning this sturdy meat grinder will last for years in your kitchen. 

Pros

  • Powerful 2000W motor grinds up to 120 pounds of meat per hour
  • Durable stainless steel components
  • 3 Grinding Plates for different levels of fineness

Cons

  • Requires routine cleaning and maintenance by hand

Features

  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 13.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Weight: 6.85 Pounds
  • 3 Stainless Steel Blades
  • Food Tray
  • 3 Way Control Switch
  • Dual Safety Switch
  • Accessories (food pusher, kibbeh attachment, and sausage horn)

REVIEW

At first glance, the Gourmia GMG525 is easily one of the most modern looking designs in our review so far. Sleek, modern, and electric, the Gourmia is packed with all the right features while sticking to the fundamentals. With the addition of some thoughtful accessories, the GMG525 is one of the best electric meat grinders out there right now.

The entire construction is stainless steel, unlike some brands with plastic components on crucial joint pieces. It takes up about as much as space as your average coffee maker or food processor on your countertop, and powers through meat with the flip of a switch for the perfect beef patties or sausages.

Whether you want to create delicious, gourmet sausages or kibbeh from scratch, the Gourmia GMG525 gives you quality tools to work with. There are three removable stainless steel blades so you can adjust the fineness of your ground meat. A three way switch gives you added control of the powerful 500 watt motor as well, with options for on, off or reverse.

With three different blade options and stainless steel parts, you can use the Gourmia GMG525 to grind or mince vegetables and fruit as well. A food pusher, kibbeh attachment, and a sausage horn are also included so you can prepare a wide range of ground or minced meat recipes.

A high quality appliance for a reasonable price, the GMG525 is a great electric meat grinder for yourself or as a gift for someone you care about. 

Pros

  • Powerful 500 watt motor
  • Stainless steel construction
  • 3 cutting plates for different grades of fineness
  • Reverse setting

Cons

  • May be considered noisy when in operation
  • Requires routine maintenance by hand

Features

  • Dimensions: 10 x 6.2 x 4.2 inches
  • Weight: 2.13 Pounds
  • Stainless Steel and Plastic Construction
  • 1 Meat Grinder
  • 2 Stainless Steel Blades
  • 1 Dough/Cookie Shaper
  • 1 Handy Pusher

REVIEW

The Manual Meat Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades by LHS is a heavy duty meat grinder for home use. Raw beef, poultry, pork, turkey, even fish and vegetables come out evenly ground with minimal effort. Its compact and lightweight design, available in white, is the perfect size for your kitchen countertop, cupboard or pantry shelf. Factor in the relatively low price, and the LHS Meat Grinder is easily the top pick for best meat grinder this year.

With its stainless steel blades and crank handle, this meat grinder is very durable for the price. The plastic casing and stand are sturdy enough, and the white makes any mess easily visible. For support, the heavy duty suction on the base adheres to most surfaces so you can secure it to a countertop very firmly without any motion. The suction doesn’t work on wet surfaces, however, which the manufacturer advises against.

The sharp blades are fully enclosed inside the casing, making it safe to use even with curious children or pets around! It also reduces the amount of mess by ensuring the meat comes out of the dispenser end in a controlled manner

Since the LHS Meat Grinder is manual, you have to crank the blades by hand, which actually gives you more control over the process. You can feel if the meat is too thick, or needs to be thawed more when you grind manually. Your wrists do get tired of all the turning, but with its long handle, it’s easier to get the right amount of leverage, whether you’re tall or short.

Meatballs,egg salad,chicken burger,and purees are just the beginning of what this sturdy little meat grinder can do for you! With its easy assembly, you’re able to do a more thorough cleaning of all the components after each use. Although cleaning and reassembling isn’t exactly a party, it’s worth the time and effort to get such amazing grinding results. 

Pros

  • Easy to assemble and clean
  • Sturdy but lightweight
  • Long handle makes cranking easier
  • Blades are fully enclosed for greater safety
  • Suction Base keeps grinder in place
  • Competitive Price

Cons

  • Operates by hand
  • Smaller grinding capacity than the top pick
  • Fewer accessories than the top pick for grinding and mincing

Features

  • Dimensions: 12.6 x 7.9 x 5.8 inches
  • Weight:3.2 pounds
  • 1 Stainless Steel Bowl (2 Liter)
  • 4 Sharp Blades
  • 2 Grinder Settings
  • 1 Mixing Plate Cover
  • 1 Non Slip Mat

REVIEW

Pricier than this year’s top pick, the Homeasy Electric Meat Grinder is for those of you who prefer electric over manual. It’s worth considering as one of the best electric meat grinders out on the market currently for a few reasons.

Made of 304 food grade stainless steel parts, the Homeasy Grinder has a 2 liter stainless steel bowl for pouring your ground meat, vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts or fish in. It is very handy for scraping your food out easily since food doesn’t stick as readily to the stainless steel.

There are four sets of plastic blades included, which are surprisingly sturdy. Powered by its 350W motor, this thing purrs and grinds food out incredibly fast. There are two settings you can choose from for either grinding or chopping. A clear lid is included as well so you can cover the bowl and prevent nuts and other food debris from escaping when you use it for chopping.

To achieve such smooth results on meat, vegetables, fruit and other foods, the Homeasy Electric Meat Grinder uses blades with a 4D design. Upper and lower blades are angled to allow for grinding food thoroughly and efficiently time after time. And, unlike some inferior brands, the joint connection between blade and the main body is made of stainless steel.

All in all, if you prefer electric to manually grinding your meat, the Homeasy is your best bet. It’s very sturdy, high-powered, and reliable for the price. 

Pros

  • Easy to assemble and clean
  • Sturdy design
  • 2 settings for grinding meat or chopping/processing food
  • Powerful 350W motor for grinding or chopping/food processing
  • 4 Blades

Cons

  • Electric motor more prone to damage than a manual meat grinder
  • Unit starts to get hot after prolonged use
  • Aligning the removable blades securely can be tricky

Features

  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 5.6 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 Pounds
  • 1 Meat Grinder Attachment for KitchenAid
  • 4 Grinding Plates( fine, medium, coarse & Kidney grinding plates)
  • 2 Grinding Blades
  • 2 Sausage Stuffer Tubes
  • 1 Food Tray
  • 1 Food Pusher
  • 1 Cleaning Brush

REVIEW

If you already own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, there’s no need to buy yet another kitchen appliance. With the Metal Food Grinder Attachment, you can easily convert most KitchenAid mixers into a powerful meat grinder.

Featuring an all metal design, the auger attachment secures easily to the mixer’s power hub. Since all the internal components are metal as well, the result is a smoother, much stronger grinder that will last several years.

All the attachments are made of food grade material, and they can be washed by hand or in your dishwasher. Two sausage stuffer tubes are also included so you can make a wide range of sausages, including boudin sausage, Italian sausage, summer sausage, and bratwurst.

Whether you want to grind fresh meat for sausages and burgers, vegetables for salsas & sauces,hard cheeses, or fresh bread crumbs from your own kitchen, this metal attachment kit will turn your KitchenAid Stand Mixer into a high quality meat grinder.

Bundled with great accessories, this is a great gift for someone who owns a KitchenAid mixer.

Pros

  • Attaches easily to KitchenAid Mixer
  • All metal design is highly durable
  • Dishwasher safe components
  • Sausage stuffer tubes included

Cons

  • Designed for use with KitchenAid Stand Mixers only

Features

  • Dimensions: 17.9 x 13.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Weight: 9.2 Pounds
  • 2000W Max (ETL Approved)
  • 3 Grinding Plates
  • Sausage & Kibbeh Kit
  • 1 Meat Pusher

REVIEW

Powered by an all-copper wiring, 350W motor, the Electric Meat Grinder by BBday is a grinder, slicer and sausage stuffer all in one. This heavy duty grinder is made of durable stainless steel with food-grade components. Made of three-layer 420-grade hardened stainless steel, thickened aluminum alloy and high-end PP7 ABS, the BBday Electric Meat Grinder is sure to last you a long time.

With its 350W motor, you can grind or mince up to three pounds of meat per minute. There are three grinding carbon steel plates so you can adjust the fineness of your meat, vegetables or fruits. A three way switch allows to easily turn the grinder on, off, or reverse the blade direction.

Considerably less costly than the LEM or the top pick, the STX Turboforce, the Electric Meat Grinder delivers very similar quality. As is to be expected, you need to disassemble the unit to clean the blades and grinding plates thoroughly. The good news is you don’t need any tools to reassemble the grinder.

Whether you want to make homemade sausages, burgers, kibbeh, or mince pie, the BBday Electric Meat Grinder offers near-commercial quality for less than half the cost.

Pros

  • Powerful all-copper wiring 2000W motor grinds 3 lb per minute
  • Durable stainless steel components
  • 3 Grinding Plates for different levels of fineness
  • Competitively priced lower than brands with similar features

Cons

  • Requires routine cleaning and maintenance by hand
  • Could use a few more accessories

Features

  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 6.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Weight: 2.5 Pounds
  • 2 Stainless Steel Blades
  • Suction Base
  • Meat Pusher

REVIEW

Now you can effortlessly grind meat, vegetables, herbs and fruit just the way you’ve always wanted! Elegant, sturdy, and compact, this hand crank manual meat grinder is the perfect cooking partner for grinding and mincing right in your own kitchen.

The Gideon Hand Crank Manual Meat Grinder is available in white, and includes two stainless steel cutting plates for fine or coarsely ground meat. With its sturdy plastic housing, the grinder disassembles easily and, best of all, is dishwasher safe!

Since there’s no motor or electric parts, you can safely wash the Gideon in your dishwasher once it’s disassembled. The feeder and chute for grinding meat is entirely see-through, so your chopped meat, vegetables, or fruit is clearly visible during the process. This way, you can remove potential obstructions ahead of time as well.

Fully enclosed blades ensure the highest safety for you and those around you. On a dry flat surface, the powerful suction base provides the stability you need for operating the crank handle. A meat pusher is also included with the Gideon for pressing meat firmly into the chute as you effortlessly mince and grind away!

Built for longevity, easy to use and clean, the Gideon Hand Crank is a worthy contender for best meat grinder, and affordably priced. The dishwasher friendly design is an added bonus rarely found in other brands, making it a really great gift idea. 

Pros

  • 2 Stainless Steel cutting blades
  • Dishwasher Friendly
  • Suitable for meats, vegetables and fruits
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Does not include sausage kit
  • Requires manual operation
  • Hopper may be considered small for some

Features

  • Dimensions: 6 x 9.6 x 3.8 inches
  • Weight: 4.7 Pounds
  • Cast Iron Construction
  • #8 Grinding Head with 1/4 Inch thick Grinding Plate
  • 3 Sausage Stuffing Tubes (3/4”, 5/8”, ½)

REVIEW

Now for a real throwback! The Chard HG-8 is a classic vintage table clamp meat grinder with a manual crank handle. Heavy duty cast iron, this is a grinder for folks who are dead serious about grinding meat!

The Chard HG-8 has a blade and crank handle components that you need to assemble at first. They can be easily disassembled when you need to clean the grinder, which is strongly advised to prevent any cross contamination or bacterial growth [3].

The clamp is designed to attach to any table or countertop edge up to 1.5 inches thick. Rubber padding also keeps the clamp firmly in place, while the long-lasting poly handle is more durable than wood which can crack or splinter.

There are also three sausage stuffing tubes included as well for grinding your meat into juicy uncooked sausages ready for the grill. With the sausage nozzle adapter attached, you can make breakfast sausages, bratwursts, frankfurters, and link sausages just the way you like them.

None of the previous top picks can come close to the Chard HG-8 when it comes to sausages, which earns it the special title of best meat grinder for making sausages. Due to its heavy duty cast iron construction, it’s heavier and pricer than some of the other top picks, but definitely worth it if you love making your own sausages.

Pros

  • Durable Cast Iron Construction
  • Blade components disassemble easily for cleaning
  • Sausage accessories included

Cons

  • Requires manual operation and routine care
  • Does not grind meat as well as other top picks
  • Clamp design better suited for benches than counter tops

Helpful Tips To Use And Maintain Your Meat Grinder

There’s no doubt that grinding and mincing your own meat is healthy and satisfying. Add vegetables, fruit, and even nuts to the mix, and a whole world of recipes opens up. Like any appliance, however, a meat grinder can be easily compromised through negligence.

In your excitement to start mincing and grinding, remember to clean your meat grinder thoroughly after each use. Bacteria can easily build up in crevices and on surfaces if left unwashed between uses. Grinding raw meat and vegetables in the same device can also expose you to cross contamination, so it’s vital to follow a regular cleaning routine.

Thankfully, today’s best meat grinder brands and models are designed with food-grade materials. Many of them can be disassembled so that each component can be washed thoroughly. The parts screw and lock together without the need for tools, but each brand has its own unique design.

With that in mind, there are still some general tips that apply to the maintenance and use of most modern meat grinders. If you own a table clamp style meat grinder, you can also follow these simple tips.

How To Clean A Meat Grinder In 6 Steps

  1. If you’re using an electric meat grinder, be sure to unplug it from the power source before attempting to clean it.
  2. Carefully disassemble the blade, grinding plate, screw, feeding tube and other components, according to the user manual or instructions. Never try to forcibly remove a part. In some cases, removing the auger may be necessary to access the blade and internal components.
  3. Soak the parts in hot water and soap to soften any food debris. A few minutes should be all that’s required.A cleaning brush with stiff bristles is the best tool for carefully and thoroughly cleaning the blade and other components of your meat grinder.
  4. Stainless steel is more durable than plastic, but can still scuff so be careful.
    Dry each part separately to reduce the chance of rust, especially if the parts are stainless steel.
  5. Apply mineral oil lightly to the surface of all the components. This will help prevent bacteria build up as well while your meat grinder is being stored.
  6. You’d be surprised at how much bacteria lurks on the surface of everyday kitchen appliances [5]. Use a moist, lint free cloth to wipe down the exterior and prevent bacteria build up on the surface.

Watch Video:
LEM Tips For Cleaning Your Grinder

Conclusion

Making your own ground patties, sausages, pattes, purees, and mince meat recipes can be extremely rewarding.

With the right meat grinder in your kitchen, your investment will bring you years of cooking enjoyment and delicious meals. Research your options carefully with the selections in this review, and best of luck!


References

[1] For a Healthier, Tastier Burger, Skip Supermarket Patties and Grind Your Own Meat (bonappettit.com)
[2] Plastic Found In Ground Beef: Over 2,000 Pounds Recalled From 9 States (Forbes Magazine)
[3] In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Infection (University of Rochester Medical Center Health Encyclopedia)
[4] What do the UL marks on so many products mean? (HowStuffWorks.com)
[5] The dirtiest place in your kitchen might surprise you…(BBC News)

This post was last updated on July 22nd, 2020 at 02:45 pm

About the Author William Clay

William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.