This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Please read our disclosure policy.

You can easily make your own Ground Beef Patties with just a little time and a food processor. You don’t need any stinkin’ meat grinder! Learn how easy it is with this delicious recipe that makes your burgers your own with the tools you have.

Food processor ground patty burgers on a wood plank with a pickle and ketchup in the background.

🍔 What makes this recipe special?

In my search for making a great hamburger, it seems only fitting that I make an excellent ground beef patty. And while I could go to my local butcher and ask for his best blend, I suspect he will just reach into his case and give me what he already has. 

I also have a meat grinder, but not everybody does. That shouldn’t stop you from trying to make your own ground burger. If you have a food processor and want to give your own hamburger a try, this food processor ground patties recipe is for you!

Of course, we have some other great burger recipes. If you have a meat grinder, check out this sirloin burger recipe. Also, check out these grilled Jo Jos and easy coleslaw recipe if you are looking for great burger sides.

🍖 Ingredients

Obviously, the beef is the star of this recipe. We decided to use equal parts Short Rib that has been deboned and beef chuck steak. 

This ends up with about 30% fat content. I obviously am not afraid of a little fat. In fact, I love some good fat content in my burgers.  

  • Short Ribs
  • Beef Chuck Steak

See the recipe card for quantities.

🍲 Instructions

The basics are that we cube our meat and remove any of the odd gristle or silver skin from the chunks. Once the meat is cleaned and cubed, put it into the freezer. 

After a bit of time in the freezer, remove and separate into small batches. Pulse each batch in your food processor until it becomes a ground burger consistency. Then, patty them out into ⅓ pound burgers and cook using your favorite method.

Process pictures for making food processor ground beef.
First, cube the meats and put them in the freezer for a bit. Then, pulse in your food processor to make a burger.

🤷 Substitutions and variations

You can really experiment here based on what kind of meat you have or the fat content you want. Really most beef will work, but you will want to make sure there is some fat in there.

I chose short ribs, which are very fat-rich, and chuck steak because it is leaner. I also experimented with putting sirloin in the mix, but it just did not work as well for me. Sirloin works well when I use it in the grinder but not as well in my food processor. 

📦 Storage

Use or freeze this mix within 3 days of purchase. 

🎓 History tidbit

Did you know that White Castle, the fast-food chain, is likely the inventor of the hamburger bun? It is true! Learn more at our Hamburger origin story article. 


Can you make hamburger patties in a food processor?

Absolutely! Check out this recipe. 

What is the perfect fat content for a hamburger?

I love 30% fat in my burgers, but anything between 70-80% lean is good.

What is silver skin?

It is a tough connective tissue on beef and pork that is not good for hamburger meat. 

Food Processor Burger on a wood plank.

📝  Tips and tricks

  • Make sure to weigh the meat AFTER cleaning from the silver skin and bones.
  • Feel free to experiment with different cuts of beef!

🛠 Products used in this recipe

😋 Did you make this recipe?

That is awesome, and thank you so much for giving it a try. If you could leave a rating in the comment area below, it would be greatly appreciated. This lets me know how I am doing and also helps others decide if they want to make this food processor ground beef recipe. Most of all, thanks for visiting Ramshackle Pantry.

clockclock iconcutlerycutlery iconflagflag iconfolderfolder iconinstagraminstagram iconpinterestpinterest iconfacebookfacebook iconprintprint iconsquaressquares iconheartheart iconheart solidheart solid icon
Food processor ground patty burgers on a wood plank with a pickle and ketchup in the background.

DIY food processor ground beef patties

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 1 review
  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Hamburgers 1x
  • Category: DIY
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
Save Recipe


Make your own ground beef patties with this DIY Ground Beef recipe.


  • ½ pound Short Ribs (deboned)
  • ½ pound Beef Chuck Steak


  1. Cut each of the meats into approximately 1 inch cubes and separate into different bowls.
  2. Remove any silver skin, connective tissue, or gristle that is attached to the chuck steaks.
  3. Place into freezer for 45 minutes.
  4. In very small batches (4-5 cubes) of same meat types, pulse in food processor for 1 or 2 seconds.
  5. Check meat consistency. Does it look like a rough burger? If yes, continue. If no. Pulse again.
  6. Repeat last two steps if necessary.
  7. Once all meat is blended, combine the two and mix by hand.
  8. Patty and cook using your favorite method (grilling, stove top).


  • Feel free to experiment with different cuts of beef!
  • Make sure to weigh the meat AFTER cleaning from the silver skin and bones.

Want to save this Recipe?

Have it sent to your email address and receive occasional updates.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.