If you do a lot of meat processing and like full control of sourcing and handling your food, then you need to consider the grinders from Meat! Your Maker.
Meat! is relatively new to the game with a full product portfolio of meat and game processing being offered direct to consumer.
They’re going hard promoting their products through influencers, but we wanted to see how they stacked up against the competition.
In this review, we’ll test the Meat! .5HP electric meat grinder to see if it holds up to the brand’s mission statement.
Who is Meat! Your Maker?
Meat! Your Maker is a brand owned and developed by American Outdoor Brands, Inc. They’re relatively new, being trademarked in 2020.
Predicated on a field-to-table philosophy and humane, sustainable meat processing, Meat! is looking to up the quality of at-home equipment, offering a commercial-grade product line.
Their products include grinders, stuffers, meat slicers, and sealers built to professional specifications and power while keeping consumer costs down by selling direct and removing the middle retailer mark-up.
Meat! .5HP meat grinder overview and first impressions
The Meat! Grinder comes well packaged in a branded external box with an internal product box.
First impression is that it’s heavy, which is a good thing. Out of the box, you can feel the heft of the engine. The unit is sturdy, made of thick stainless steel. The grinder stayed anchored to the table during all my tests without slipping or rocking.
The .5HP grinder comes with both coarse and fine stainless steel grinding plates, and a stainless steel stuffing plate with three stuffing tubes for sausage. Underneath the unit is an accessory drawer for easy organization.
It’s nondescript enough to sit on a countertop, but is easy to set up for heavy-duty, bulk grinding.
The .5HP grinder is priced accurately if you process the majority of your own meat throughout the seasons, but can be overkill if you only grind meat casually a few times a year. Meat! also offers a dialed back 500W grinder for slightly less, and 1.5HP grinder if you plan to process massive amounts of meat regularly.
What we like:
- High Quality – The Meat! Grinder is a premium product that not only performs at a high level, but is also very well built.
- As fast as advertised – Meat! claims that the .5HP grinder can go through roughly 5.5 pounds of meat per minute, and my tests confirmed that capability. This thing is for bulk processing over the long haul.
- Quiet Power – The Meat! .5HP grinder was very quiet in comparison to the lower powered grinders we tested. The engine noise never flared up due to too much meat intake or clogged plate.
What we don’t like:
- Demand – I suppose if I have to get nitpicky, it’s that demand is exceeding supply. Some products have a longer lead time due to low stock. That’s a testament to the quality of the products.
Overall, the Meat! .5HP grinder is a great product for volume processing. The price point is higher than other grinders we have reviewed, but if you use it as intended you get great, long-term value out of the meat grinder.
What’s in the box and specifications
The Meat! .5HP meat grinder came thoughtfully packaged in a branded box, shipped in an outer box to keep the product packaging safe during handling.
Inside the box:
- Stainless steel 0.5 HP electric grinder
- Stainless steel meat pan
- Stainless steel Coarse Plate 10mm
- Stainless steel Fine Plate 4.5mm
- Stainless steel Stuffing Plate
- Stainless steel Knife
- Three stuffing tubes
- Meat stomper
- Accessory drawer
Every Meat! brand grinder comes with a limited lifetime warranty covering the original owner for any defects during normal use.
Meat! .5HP grinder specifications:
|HP & Wattage||.50 HP|
|Head Size||#8 – Stainless Steel|
|Grinds lbs per min||5.5 lbs. per min|
|Includes||3 Stainless Steel Plates: 4.5mm, 10mm, & stuffing plate, and Stainless Steel Knife|
|Stuffing Tube Sizes||3 plastic stuffing tubes (1/2″, 3/4″, and 1 1/8″)|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
|Other Features||on/off switch with sanitary cover, storage drawer|
Using the Meat! Your Maker .5HP meat grinder
The Meat! grinder is pretty intuitive to assemble. If you’re familiar with using grinders, it should take you just a few minutes to put together and be ready to grind.
I tested the speed of the grinder with a 4lb brisket flat, fully trimmed. The meat was parfrozen to 33°F for an easier grind. With all the meat loaded into the tray, it took roughly 41 seconds to grind through the brisket. Compare this to the 9 minutes it took for the Altra grinder we tested.
The Meat! grinder never wavered in its output and it was surprisingly quiet. I never had to force meat into the grinding head or use the stomper. That amount is aligned with Meat!’s statement of 5.5 lbs per minute.
The next test was a six-pound pork butt, cut into chunks and parfrozen. Double grinding the pork butt took 84 seconds, not including the time to switch the coarse plate with the fine plate.
There was no clogging of the plates due to connective tissue and no bogging down of the motor. I was left standing in awe at my fresh pile of house-ground meat wondering why I didn’t plan to grind more while I had it setup and ready to go.
Meat! Your Maker .5HP Meat Grinder Test Results
|4 lb brisket flat single grind||00:41|
|6 lb pork butt double grind||01:24|
The Meat! Your maker .5HP meat grinder comes as advertised. It’s the high-performer of the group, showing up to do its job just a little better and more efficiently than its peers, but it does so without bravado. Choosing instead to let its performance speak for itself.
I highly recommend this grinder, especially if you hunt or process your own meat regularly throughout the year. This would come in handy for those who also prep a lot or like to create their own meat blends, or those who put a high importance on knowing what meat they’re actually consuming.
I haven’t tested them, but the 1.5HP is really for the daily grinder who is consistently processing their own meats or even for professional butcher kitchens. The .5HP gets the price to performance just right, but if it’s too expensive for your taste and you don’t need to process much meat then the 500W grinder looks like a suitable alternative.
It’s a premium price for a premium product that should last you for the long haul.
If you have any experience with the Meat! Your Maker brand, let us know in the comments, and thanks for reading.