Find and purchase the PVC pipe that makes the plastic cylinder at a local hardware store or a big box type store.
Choosing a wood species for this patty press is limited by only a couple of considerations. Although unlikely, nut woods like walnut, hickory or pecan may transfer some oils that could spark an allergic reaction.
Because it will be used in food preparation, it is better to be safe than sorry. I recommend using a close-grained non-nut wood: cherry, maple or even yellow poplar would be good choices.
The steps to making your patty press are as follows: Find and then mark the centers of two 6" x 6" x 1-5⁄8" blanks. These will become the top and base pieces of your press.
Cut one blank — the base — to a circle about 5-1⁄2" in diameter.
If you overshoot the mark and make your tenon just a little too small, place one or two layers of paper towel over the tenon and then mount (jam) the cylinder onto the tenon.
Now that the cylinder is held securely by the base, use a scraper to smooth and round over the exposed end.
A coat of food-safe paraffin wax will help to seal the wood and keep hamburger from sticking to it.
Clean your press with mild soap and hot water after use, and reapply finish if needed. A curious but important fact to note is that wood has been proven to have a natural resistance to growing bacteria, making it a good material for cutting boards or, in this case, a patty press.
This patty press will help you create perfectly formed patties that stay together better while grilling and fit nicely on those buns.
You can make this press in an evening using materials you probably have lying around in your shop.
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