Here's another item I saw at the now-defunct Linens 'n' Things a few weeks ago: Can you guess what it is?
I won't make you work too hard at guessing. Yes, it's a mini burger press.
Now, I did not grow up where sliders are a tradition. I never met a mini burger until I went to school in Nashville and discovered Krystal burgers. So when I saw this, I thought, "Silly!"
Then I started poking around online to find out more. There are, as it turns out, several permutations of this gadget. Three-, four-, five- and six-patty presses. Two-patty presses for ordinary-sized burgers. Presses that can go on the grill.
You can even get a complete slider-making set with press, grill basket and bun-cutter. Sur La Table wants $55 for all that, if you can imagine.
And all of these presses are made by the same company in China. Every single press, from the $27 Williams-Sonoma one to the $11-on-closeout Linens 'n' Crap ones.
And while I'm at it, I'll point out yet another burger-sizing gadget for making uniform patties in mini or regular size. You "dial" the plastic sleeve to the size you want, then lock it in. They cost $5 and $6, or $10 for both at Chefs Catalog.
So here's the thing. Now that I've spent the last half-hour looking at mini burgers, I'm kind of hungry for one. Actually, I'm all nostalgic for a stack of Krystal cheeseburgers. At Vanderbilt, Krystals were the go-to at 3 a.m. when pulling an all-nighter for whatever reason (I won't go into details, Mom). We don't have Krystal or White Castle in Denver.
You could make pretty decent mini-burgers using a biscuit cutter or even a drinking glass, I'll warrant. Maybe I'll try that next weekend.
Do you eat a lot of burgers? Do you have/want one of these mini-presses? What are your thoughts on White Castle and/or Krystal sliders? Yummy or abomination? Inquiring minds want to know.