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Hand Crank Meat Grinder

Updated on February 16, 2014

Hand Crank Meat Grinders

A hand crank meat grinder has so many uses, you'll wonder how you ever lived without one. Maybe you like freshly ground hamburger meat, or you're feeding your dog a raw food diet. Is there a hunter in your life? Need to grind deer meat for sausages? Or how about making your own deli mix with lunch meat and condiments? You can do all that and more with a hand crank meat grinder.

Why a manual meat grinder rather than electric? One, you have more control over how food is fed into the hopper and the speed of the grinder blade itself. Second, the right hand crank grinder can handle bone and tough meat that other grinders won't. And finally, you're saving energy! Why not burn a few calories rather than raising your electric bill?

Read on for more information, and watch for insider tips on how to find the best hand crank meat grinder at the best price.

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Hand Crank Meat Grinder in Stainless Steel

For the ultimate in durability and food safety, choose a hand crank meat grinder in stainless steel. Not only will you appreciate the look of a stainless steel grinder, you'll find it easier to clean since food doesn't stick. And we all know that stainless steel lasts forever if given proper care. Note that the inner working parts are typically cast steel and not stainless. Be sure to dry thoroughly and coat with vegetable oil before storing blades and plates.

LEM Products #10 Stainless Steel Clamp-on Hand Grinder

Grizzly H6250 Stainless Steel Grinder #10

TSM #10 Stainless Steel Meat Grinder

Know Your Grinder Parts

"Hopper" is the top opening where you put in the meat - also called a "feed".

"Plate" is inside the grinder - a round disk with holes that determines the thickness of ground product.

"Knife" is an X-shaped blade that cuts the meat before it enters the plate.

Hand Crank Meat Grinder For Home Use

Considering how these tools work, nearly any hand crank meat grinder is suitable for home use. However, those models targeted for home use are easier to use or have more options that would appeal to the home cook. All will grind meat, vegetables, and bread with ease. Most have sausage-making attachments. Others will also make pasta. Decide what features suit your needs, then find the right hand crank meat grinder home use.

LaCuisineTM #10 Hand Operated Meat Grinder

Manual Meat Mincer - No. 8

Chicago Food Machinery #8 Stainless Steel Meat Grinder

Weston Realtree Outfitters #22 Manual Meat Grinder & Sausage Stuffer

This heavy duty manual meat grinder from Weston is specifically designed for the sportsman who processes game meats. The base can be permanently mounted to the countertop, or use the included suction cup feet for a more versatile installation. Electroplated with food-safe tin for durability and ease of cleaning. Comes with a full set of plates, knives, and sausage funnels, along with a camo print appliance cover. Perfect for the do-it-yourself outdoorsman, the Realtree Outfitters Hand Crank Meat Grinder would make a great gift for the deer hunter in your life.

The video below demonstrates setting up and using this meat grinder.

What Size Grinder??

No. 8 - 2.5" x 3.5" hopper opening; grinds 1 to 2 lbs of meat per minute

No. 10 - 3" x 4" hopper; 2 to 3 lbs per minute

No. 22 - 4" x 5" hopper; 3 to 4 lbs per minute

No. 32 - 5" x 6" hopper; 5 lbs per minute

Hand Crank Meat Grinder And Sausage Maker

Many people associate ground meat with sausage, for good reason. Sausage is a well-loved part of many cuisines. A hand crank meat grinder and sausage maker is the perfect tool for taking fresh meat, herbs, spices, plus secret ingredients, and creating the full flavor of sausage links. Sausage-making is a skill that takes time to master, but with a hand crank meat grinder, you'll have the best chance to make memorable sausage in no time.

Kitchener #10 Meat Grinder with Sausage Stuffer

Kitchener No. 32 Grinder with Sausage Stuffer

Weston Manual Grinder and Sausage Stuffer

Buffalo Tools Sportsman Series #32 Meat Grinder with Pulley

When processing large game, bones, sinew, and cartilage can challenge any meat grinder. Buffalo Tools designed this grinder specifically for the needs of sportsman who process their own game. The stainless steel construction affords durability and quick clean up. For greater versatility when mounted to the countertop, the flywheel can be connected to an electric motor (not included) or used by hand. In either set up, this meat grinder is able to process up to five pounds of meat per minute without clogging or sacrificing quality. If you need a grinder that can handle high volumes of variable meat content, this hand crank meat grinder for bones may be the best choice for you.

Review Ratings: 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 reviews)

Reviewers noted the quality construction, reliable performance, and suitability for intended use. Could perform better when used with motor; blades tend to rust if not cared for properly.

Meat Grinder, Hand Crank

If you're planning to make a lot of sausage, or prepare several pounds of fresh hamburger meat every week, you need a meat grinder with hand crank to get the job done. The ability to handle large volumes in a short amount of time is essential for the serious cook or avid hunter. You want quality construction, reliable performance, easy cleanup, and the confidence that every pound produced is up to your standards. A #32 hand crank meat grinder in stainless steel or cast iron should meet your expectations.

Chicago Food Machinery #32 Stainless Steel Grinder

Grizzly H7778 #32 Cast Iron Manual Meat Grinder

Eastman Outdoors #32 Meat Grinder

LEM Products 32 Tinned Bolt Down Hand Grinder

The LEM #32 Hand Grinder is designed to handle large volumes of meat with minimal effort. The body is tinned for rust-resistance and easy cleaning, and can be bolted to the countertop. Comes with sausage stuffing tubes, knife, and two grinder plates. Similar to models from other brands that may have better reviews.

Review ratings: 2.6 out of 5 stars (5 reviews)

Some reviewers considered this product affordable and sturdy, with good performance. Most noted the large size and weight, difficulty cleaning, and tendency for internal components to rust. Inconsistent construction, with castings ending up in ground food.

The video below provides a breakdown of the grinder, including assembly and maintenance for best performance. Applies to all hand crank meat grinders.

You Didn't Hear This From Me...

The truth is that nearly all meat grinders these days are made overseas by a short list of manufacturers. Suppliers put their brand or label on models sold under their name, but you'll soon notice the similarity of shape, size, color, and function. To find the best grinder for your purposes, compare different brands that look alike by reading the product reviews and looking closely at any provided images. Note those that come with a reasonable warranty period. Price is not always the best indicator of quality. Choose one that has many positive reviews, especially with regard to construction and performance, and you'll have the best chance of buying the best hand crank meat grinder for your needs.

Manual Meat Grinder Tip

At the end of each batch of meat, grind one or two heels off a loaf of bread (stale bread works, too). This will force all the meat out of the grinder and making cleaning a breeze!

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Have you used a hand meat grinder?

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    • Ernestine Fetter profile image

      Ernestine Fetter 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!This is really good lens. I really like the stickies notes you have in there.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I probably will get one of these soon, as my boys love doing cooking like making sausages, etc.

    • skjk3318 lm profile image

      skjk3318 lm 

      5 years ago

      hmmmmm, I never considered a hand crank, but maybe I oughta pick one up as a back up? I like to electric one I have, but now I have another option as a back up! I'm sure it'll grind fingers the same, OUCH! Thought I would say "Thanks" :-)

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      5 years ago

      @HardyGirl: Makes sense now. Thank you so much!

    • HardyGirl profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Those that bolt to the counter would need holes drilled for the bolts. Most of the others have either a suction cup (not very strong) or a screw clamp. For general home food preparation, the clamp style works very well. When grinding bones or meat with gristle, the kind that bolt onto the counter would be best. Thanks for asking!

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      5 years ago

      So...some can be bolted to the counter top - do you have to drill something? And I am not sure how the others work; it looks like they have clamps on them. What is better? Thanks. Very nice lens!

    • Ben Reed profile image

      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      I have many years ago. These look stunning and are beautifully presented.

    • Brians Secretary profile image

      Brians Secretary 

      5 years ago

      We still use one of these

    • carolweez profile image


      6 years ago

      When I was a kid we only had these type of grinders. Not just for meat but for others too. I loved working with them as a kid. Great lens

    • victoriahaneveer profile image


      6 years ago

      My mother used to have one of these. I have never ground my own meat though but I can see how this device could be very handy in the kitchen.

    • theclutterhelp profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a really good lens! Thanks for such a complete treatment on the topic. I really like the stickie notes you have in there. Thanks for sharing!

    • Countryluthier profile image

      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      It warms the cockles of my heart to see so many grinders! We processed a hog or two as a kid. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of cranking the handle for the kids. Great job with the lens.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips on brand and manufacturers, too. I don't have a meat grinder but my brother gets a lot of meat from his in-laws who live on a farm and he's always finding ways to use a grinder to make use of the cuts he gets. He says it's a very handy kitchen tool.

    • SandraWilson LM profile image

      SandraWilson LM 

      6 years ago

      Excellent lens! We have an OLD meat grinder from my in-laws. Not sure it didn't belong to the parents of one of them. Right now, it just sits as a "pretty" in the kitchen. I need to seriously look at one of these.

    • chas65 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is the way everyone used to gring their meat years ago.

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      6 years ago

      I've never used a meat grinder, but reading the comments, I see other uses for it besides just grinding meat! Excellent should be proud!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent lens! Very good tips. Used to have a hand crank meat grinder to make sausage :)

    • Michael Oksa profile image

      Michael Oksa 

      6 years ago

      We have a meat grinder that broke several years ago...I think it's time to get it replaced. Thanks for all of the suggestions. :)

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      6 years ago

      Wow, you've taken me back a whole slew of years. Mom used to grind most of our hamburger. Thanks for reminding me of much loved and missed times

    • HardyGirl profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @MartiLawrence: Thanks for the memory! My dad made a bologna, mayo & pickle relish combo using our hand crank meat grinder. Didn't last long 'cause we ate it as fast as he made it!

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      Marti Lawrence 

      6 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      We had one of these when I was a little girl. My folks made homemade pimento cheese that I loved!

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      Lora Riley 

      6 years ago

      Good tips on grinders


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