How to Grind Meat Without a Meat Grinder: 3 Different Methods

If you’re looking for an alternative to using a meat grinder, you’re in luck. There are three different methods that you can use to grind meat without one. In this blog post, we will discuss each of those methods and how to do them. So whether you don’t have a meat grinder or you’re just looking for another option, read on for some helpful tips!

  • The first way to grind meat without a meat grinder is to use a food processor. To do this, you will need a bowl that is big enough to fit the cut-up pieces of meat, and then place the blade attachment in the middle of the bowl. Cut up your meat into small chunks and put them in the food processor. Turn it on and let the machine do its work.
  • The second way is to use a manual grinder, which may be easier if you have limited space in your kitchen. The steps are similar – just make sure that you’re using more cuts of meat so there’s less chance for clogging! You’ll also need something heavy like a rolling pin or the handle of your knife set to help push through those stubborn pieces.
  • The third way is how my grandmother used to do it when she didn’t have any modern equipment: with her hands! Just like how we mentioned above, you’ll need something heavy like a rolling pin and then get ready for some elbow grease.

To do this, you’ll need to cut up your meat into small pieces and then place them in a pan with some water. Put the lid on top (this will help keep everything warm). Next, take out that rolling pin or knife handle and begin pounding away at those pieces until they’re as fine as possible! It’s not the easiest method, but it does get the job done.

So there you have it – three different ways to grind meat without a meat grinder. Whether you’re looking for an easy solution or are feeling adventurous, we hope this blog post has given you some helpful tips!

How to Grind Meat Without a Meat Grinder
Grinding Meat With a Meat Grinder

Why Hand-Chopped Meat is Better Than Store-Bought Ground Meat?

When you buy ground meat at the store, you’re getting a mixture of different cuts of meat that have been ground together. This can often lead to inconsistencies in flavour and texture. 

Hand-chopped meat, on the other hand, is made from one cut of meat – so you know exactly what you’re getting! Not only is it more flavorful, but it’s also healthier since there is less fat content than store-bought ground meat.

Why Grind Your Own Meat?

There are a few reasons why you might want to grind your own meat. 

First, it’s cheaper than buying pre-ground meat at the store. 

Second, you have control over the quality and type of meat that goes into your dish. 

And finally, it’s a great way to use up any extra cuts of meat that you might have on hand.

What Cuts of Meat are Best for Grinding?

The most common cuts of meat that are used for grinding are beef, pork, and lamb. However, you can also use poultry or fish if you prefer. Just make sure to avoid fatty cuts of meat, as they won’t grind well and will result in a poor texture.

When choosing the cut of meat for grinding, go with one that has a lot of connective tissue. This will help bind the meat together when it’s ground up and cooked into burgers or sausages, resulting in a better texture than if you used lean cuts like sirloin steak.

The best cuts to use are chuck roast (also known as the shoulder) for beef; pork butt (also known as the shoulder) for pork; and lamb shank/leg for lamb.

Any other cuts will work too, but they won’t be quite as good since these three are ideal because of how much connective tissue they have in them.

How to Grind Meat Without a Meat Grinder
Grinding Meat

Once you’ve chosen your cut of meat, trim off any excess fat so it’s easier to grind. You can also cube the meat into smaller pieces if it’s easier for your food processor or grinder.

Read more: how does a meat grinder work?

The Meat-to-Fat Ratio is Important

The key to making great ground meat is getting the right ratio of lean meat to fat. This can vary depending on how you want your burgers or sausages cooked, but we recommend using a 75% lean/25% fat mixture for burgers and an 80% lean/20% fat mixture for sausage.

This will result in juicy, flavorful burgers that aren’t too greasy or dry and sausages that are moist with just enough fat for texture.

If you’re grinding up lamb, it’s best to use a mixture of 70% lean/ 30% fat since this will result in the juiciest meatballs possible! You can also go with 80% lean/20% fat for sausage, which will give you less greasy sausages but still plenty of flavour.

If you’re using pork or chicken in your burgers, we recommend using 90% lean/40% fat since this will result in the juiciest meatballs possible! You can also go with 80% lean/20% fat for sausage, which will give you less greasy sausages but still plenty of flavours.

How to Grind Meat Without a Meat Grinder

The best way to achieve the right meat-to-fat ratio is by weighing your meat before grinding it. This ensures that you’re not adding too much or too little fat to your mixture. If you don’t have a scale, just eyeball how much fat you’re adding based on how thick the strips are (the fatter they are, the more fat there will be).

How to Grind Meat Without a Meat Grinder?

Step 1: Using the help of a sharp knife, cut your meat piece at 45 degrees cutting only 75 per cent of the way through. Do not cut down to where the meat is. Slice your pieces about 1/4 inch thick.

Step 2: Turn the meat piece over to repeat step 1. cutting the meat at 45-degree angles and in the reverse direction.

Step 3: Turn the meat over and cut at a 90-degree angle, this time 75 per cent of the way and with a 1/4-inch space in between every slice.

Step 4: Turn the meat back over and repeat.

Step 5: Gather all the pieces of meat together into a heap using the section that is the knife’s or cleaver’s nearest towards the hand, swiftly cut the steak from right to left a few times.

Then you’re finished! If you prefer a smoother texture continue with step 5 to finish in the way you prefer. It could take more time than two.

How to Grind Meat With a Food Processor?

First, you’ll need to cut your meat into small pieces – about the size of a quarter is best. Then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminium foil and freeze for 30 minutes (this will make it easier to grind). Once frozen, transfer the meat to your food processor along with any seasonings you might be using.

If your food processor has a pulse button, start by pulsing the meat for a few seconds at a time and then increase the speed as it becomes more processed. If your food processor doesn’t have a pulse button, just keep processing until the meat is ground up. Be careful not to over-process or it will turn into a paste.

If you’re using a meat grinder instead of a food processor, just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to grind meat.

How to Grind Meat Without a Meat Grinder

Once your meat is ground, it’s ready to use in any recipe! Store any leftover meat in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Keep This In Mind When Grinding Meat

  • Use fresh, chilled meat. If you’re using frozen meat, thaw it first and then chill it again before grinding. This will help the blades cut through more easily and make for a better texture when cooked up into burgers or sausages.
  • Grind the meat twice if possible (or more) because this will result in an even texture and better flavours!
  • If you’re using an electric grinder, make sure the blade is sharp before grinding. A dull blade will cause the meat to be stringy and tough instead of smooth like how it should be when ground properly.
  • You can also use a manual grinder (like this one) if you don’t have an electric one. Just keep in mind that it will take more elbow grease to get the job done!
  • If you’re using a food processor, make sure not to over-process the meat or it will turn into a paste instead of ground meat. Process for no more than 30 seconds or so or you’ll end up with something that’s too mushy and won’t cook well when formed into patties or sausages.
  • This method does not work for ground beef, so don’t try it! Use the food processor instead if you want to make hamburger meat out of whole cuts like chuck roast or pork butt (also known as the shoulder).
  • If your recipe calls for ground meat, use the food processor to grind it yourself instead of buying pre-ground at the store. It’s cheaper and tastier!


1. Can You Grind Meat In a Blender?

The answer is yes you can. Although the blender is not designed to grind meat, it is possible. The right procedure of grinding meat in a blender can help you prepare the minced beef or chicken with vegetables for your tasty sauce. Normally, this is done to make the meat smooth enough to prepare sauces. It is better to have a decent blender rather than a regular one, but if you don’t have one this task can be done using an ordinary blender. Make sure to cut the meat into small pieces before putting it in the blender container that is filled with room temperature water. 
See more about blenders.

2. What can I use if I don’t have a meat grinder?

If you don’t have a meat grinder, but still want to make sausage at home, you can use a food processor. Make sure to cut the meat into small cubes before processing it, and make sure to not overprocess it.
If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender with caution. As always, remember to cut the meat into small cubes before processing it.

Final Thoughts

Making your own meat grinder offers a degree of personalization that is more appealing to those who are not interested in buying ground meat in stores. Therefore, it is essential to keep track of the method used to grind meat, either with or without the use of a grinder to maximise the use of your kitchen.

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