Greatest Gadget: Tupperware Hamburger Press

Kitchen gadgets have really reached the evolution of a new species. It seems that in today's modern kitchen there's a gadget for just about everything, and more likely than not, 90% of those gadgets are made out of shimmery, shining stainless steel. There are perhaps entire counters made out of stainless steel, but even when there are not a vast array of mixing bowls and everything from measuring cups to utensil holders are made out of stainless steel. Walking into Williams Sonoma with the intention of NOT buying things of stainless steel is going to be an intention difficult to follow through with. However, not everything that one needs in a modern kitchen can be found in a stainless steel version; one of my personal favorites is the Tupperware hamburger press.

What Is It?

Unlike those ugly orange and olive green Tupperware pieces of previous generations' wedding registries, Tupperware's hamburger press is made of white plastic, thinner than the orange and green containers, and, to be honest, doesn't even really look like Tupperware, but it is. Truth be told, it's probably the best singular piece that Tupperware ever came up with. Many people would agree with this statement because even if those Tupperware pitchers and bowls sit unused in your cupboards, the hamburger press is one Tupperware piece that will never sit too long unused. It's easy to use, easy to clean, small and simple, and best of all, you never have to touch raw meat in order to make hamburgers! Some would disagree and say that the best feature of Tupperware's hamburger press is that all of your hamburgers come out uniformly round, but to some, uniformity is not as important as steering clear of raw meat. Either way, this gadget has some clear advantages.

How it works is that you take a glob of ground beef and put it into the bottom part of Tupperware's hamburger press. The bottom part is a thin round disc with sides going straight up. Then you simply take the top piece and mash the ground beef with the top part. The top is only slightly more complex than the bottom, consisting of a thin round sheet of plastic connected to a simple handle to be gripped with the whole hand. All you have to do is push down and turn, and then lift the handle and a perfectly round hamburger is sitting there ready for use. Tupperware's hamburger press is an old design, but it's classic—no modern version has surpassed it in quality or efficacy; it's the best of the best.