PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There’s still plenty of grilling time before the summer is over.
If you’ve been thinking about kicking up your backyard barbeque, maybe you’ve been interested in commercials for a product called Stufz.
The maker claims it can help you make gourmet stuffed burgers quickly and easily at home.
Does it really do that? KDKA-TV Morning Anchor Jennifer Antkowiak recruited Dee Quinn, of Monroeville, and her kids to find out.
The Stufz commercial shows celebrity chef Brian Duffy using it to make great-looking, big, juicy burgers stuffed with a variety of fillings.
“We definitely have burgers, maybe once a week, but they’re boring burgers. Just throw them on the grill, salt and pepper, and that’s it. So, I think this could be a real game-changer,” Quinn said.
Stufz is a hard, red, plastic press with settings that allow you to shape, stuff, and seal ground meat into a custom burger.
The instructions advise using the ground meat when it’s cold to prevent sticking. As directed, Dee’s daughter, Annie, pulled the handle up and twisted it to open the Stufz.
Dee got the ground meat ready. The directions say to start with a heaping one-third cup, but to work with it until you get the amount you like.
Annie closed the lid and latch to lock, and pushed the handle down to form a pocket.
“Oh, there we go! That looks nice,” Dee said.
There was an even, deep pocket in the meat patty.
The directions say don’t be afraid to stuff it, so, without fear, the family loaded in shredded cheese and bacon.
For the top, Dee used a smaller amount of meat. Annie flattened it over the disc, then closed it up, locked the latch, and pressed and rocked the handle to seal the patties.
“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! That’s the biggest burger,” Dee said.
For as big as it was, it cooked nicely on the grill and did not fall apart.
So, how did it taste?
Dee’s son, Patrick, was happy to go first. He took a bite and was happy.
Dee can see herself using the Stufz. Again, it promises to make perfect stuffed burgers, just like a pro. So, does it really do that?
Thumbs up all the way around.
“Stufz works,” Dee said.
You can find Stufz online and in stores for around $10. It is dishwasher safe and comes with a list of recipe suggestions.