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How to form sausage patties?

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by alblancher, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm making up some of ShooterRick's sage breakfast sausage and want to be able to form it into a nice round tight patty that will fit on a bagel or English Muffin.   

    Two questions,

    Can I fry up the patties, place them on the bagel with a slice of cheese then vacuum pack and freeze them? 

    Do I need a burger press to form a patty that will hold the nice round shape?  I thought about rolling them out on wax paper and using a cookie cutter to cut the patty. 

    Thanks,

    Al
     
  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    HB

    Mrs Bear always just forms the meat into a ball. Then smack it in the middle to flatten it out. Then doctors any bad spots. Usually isn't any bad spots. Once you do a couple, you'll know how big a ball you need to make.

    Can't help with your first question.

    Bear 
     
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    If you are not comfortable with Bears method and you have a tuna can, you can always cut out the top and bottom and use it as a mold. We also have some ring molds that we use sometimes for odd size rolls. And, yes you can cook the sausage and vac seal it on a roll. Just wait until it cools and pat the sausage to remove the grease before you seal it  
     
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks guys,  not that I'm not comfortable with a mallet but I would like a nice neat patty.  Guess I'll try a few,  the mistakes won't go to waste.  Roll them out to about 3/8 inch and cut with tuna can. When I fry them they should end up about 1/4 inch thick.  

    It would be neat if all she has to do is drop one in the micro for 30 seconds or so before she goes to work.  Could just buy Jimmy Dean but wives kind of like it when you go through the extra trouble for them.  Not only that but fresh breakfast sausage is so good.

    Al
     
  5. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I take my breakfast sausage and package it in quart ziploc bags, about a lb a piece and when squeezing the air out I flatten them fairly uniformly, only takes a minute (from my freezer):

    "B" stands for Breakfast sausage, I also do up some of my Italian sausage in bulk too:

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    I usually unthaw it overnight in the fridge, then pull open the ziploc and slit the package down its sides, pull it open and lay down the whole thing in a pan and cook it whole; when almost done I'll take a spatula and cut it in half and then in half again, quartering it into 4 equal-sized square patties.  Breakfast is served!  Alot easier than pattying it up, if there's some left over it's heat and serve the next day (provided I don't go a nibblin'... lol!).   They're not pattied, they're not round, but it serves the purpose and makes it faster, making it easier for me to make more, it's no longer a big deal.  You can also divide it into 4 patties inside the bag using a plastic straightedge and then freezing it, but you'd want to lay it out vs stacking it until it's firm.  For me it's just easier to shove it into bags, flatten, mark and stack and toss into the freezer, then unthaw and cook, cutting into 4 squares while cooking. I just *hate* leftovers, don'tcha know?
     
  6. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I use a burger press and it works great. 
     
  7. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    She doesn't use a mallet. She uses her fist. It keeps her in shape for when we go a few rounds!

    Bear
     
  8. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     I really like that Idea Al, and as far as freezin them, I freeze english muffins when they're on sale with no issues so I don't see why you can't freeze them stuffed with sausage and cheese
     
  9. davef63

    davef63 Smoke Blower

     i work with a guy who stuffs the meat into a large fibrous casing, then partial freeze, and off to the meat slicer, seems like it would work good.

    dave
     
  10. I use a burger press to make my sausage patties. We also put them on english muffins and bagels, so for those I make them a bit thinner. Yes you can vac pac them as a sammie as long as everything is cool and you drain the grease off the sausage first.
     
  11. azhunter80

    azhunter80 Fire Starter

    Dinner plates are what I use when making any patty.
     
  12. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    #1. Yes just cool them down, blot off excess grease, and freeze on a cookie sheet first.

    #2 A mushroom can with the top and bottom removed works quite well and is about the size of an English muffin. Also works with cheese and eggs.

    Assemble your breakfast sandwich, package and freeze.
     
  13. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Stuff into 1lb burger bags and freeze, when ready take out and partially thaw, then just cut the patties as thick as you want them, thaw the rest of the way and viola there you have it!
     
  14. I hate hate hate using a patty press and patty papers because if you get a really good bind the meat sticks so dang bad!!!!
    You can spray the patty papers with oil, but that's messy and a pain in the butt!!!!

    I like to use the fibrous casings trick, stuff and then slice when partially frozen, then freeze solid and vacuum pack.


    ~Martin
     
  15. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You use two patty papers between each patty stamp so they don't stick to one another.
     
  16. If the mix is real sticky, it's sticks to the paper, I've always used the double papers too, for burgers and the like.


    ~Martin
     
  17. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with you on this. I had a patty press once upon a time, and only used it a couple times, then threw it away. Screwing around with sticky meat, patty papers, etc created more work than it was worth. It's a lot simpler just forming by hand.

    I do something similar to what you do, but without casings. I form a log with the sausage meat to the size that I want, roll it in plastic wrap to even the shape, and tie each end off. Like you, I sometimes freeze the log then slice. As an alternative, I sometimes partially cook the wrapped logs in boiling water for 5-6 minutes to set the meat, then cool in an ice bath, and slice. Either way, I then wrap the individual slices in wax paper and vacpak and freeze.
     
  18. i like the tuna can idea. you can make them as thick as you like and they have a perfect shape every time . ill have to remember that
     
  19. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    you can take the mass of meat and roll it in plastic-rape like you would a fatty, freeze it almost solid and then slice it and repack in portions and back in the freezer