KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment Review

kitchenaid meat grinder attached on stand mixer

Grind Your Own Meat with a KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment

I have been using the KitchenAid Food Grinder now for the last two weeks grinding my own meatballs and burger patties. I have found that grinding my own meat is enjoyable and has allowed me more control of the quality of my mince. To be fair, I would be suitably happy with Green Meadows Beef packaged mince, but grinding my own, is way more fun and makes those burgers taste that much better.

Amazon product link KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers

kitchenaid food grinder in a box

Greatly Expands A Stand Mixer’s Capability

As my girlfriend owns a KitchenAid stand mixer and is available to me in our kitchen it was a no brainer to pick up the food grinder attachment. There are numerous hand powered bench top grinders available but these did not appeal at the thought of hand grinding anywhere between 500g and 5kg of meat at any one time. Our hand powered pasta machine doesn’t see much use these days, and we might make more of our own pasta with the KitchenAid attachment. The KitchenAid stand mixer truly is amazing and so is the food grinder attachment.

Grinding Beef with the KitchenAide Food Grinder Attachment

Ideal For Grinding Meats

KitchenAid describe the food grinder attachment as being ideal for grinding meats, grating cheese, making bread crumbs and combining dips, salsas, and spreads. So far I have only used it for grinding meat and have found that it does a great job. The next thing I want to try though is using it to make bread crumbs to use for the Fresh Herb Crumb – it will be interesting to compare the results with crumbs made with the food processor. Grating cheese seems redundant as we will either buy cheese in blocks or already grated in bags, combing dips? Don’t see how that would work – but dicing up tomatoes for salsa – I could see that working.

Back to grinding meat, I have made a point of putting my beef through twice with the coarse plate before making meatballs or patties. I want to use the same technique with so

me nice cuts of free range pork to grind some mince to use for a pork and cabbage dumpling recipe, perfect use of the grinder.

KitchenAid Food Grinder Profile Shot

 Other Notable Features

  • Includes fine and coarse grinding plates, tips, and recipes

So far i have used the coarse grinding plate, but not the fine one. As for the tips and recipes – not yet. Maybe I should take a look over the weekend.

  • Most parts dishwasher safe for easy clean-up

This is good to know. From experience over the last couple weeks of using it I have found that while hand washing the attachment there are some tricky to reach  parts of the main piece where meat has been stuck. This could very well be easier done in the dishwasher. The plates I would recommend hand washing and  drying right away to avoid unnecessary risk of rust.

  • Grinder can be used with any KitchenAid stand mixer

The number one reason I purchased this attachment was because we already had a KitchenAid stand mixer in the house. If you already have one as well this should be top of the list for consideration. Check out this Amazon search for KitchenAid stand mixers that the food grinder attachment is compatible with.

Amazon product link KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers

kitchenaid meat grinder attached to kitchenaid stand mixer

Conclusion

At the time of writing there are 853 customer reviews for the KitchenAid with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

The reviews overall are positive but there are a few negative views / questions have been raised.

One customer has asked about a “grey ooze” coming out of the grinding plates when grinding meat. I have seen this personally when grinding my beef but I am not sure it is a bad thing. I figured that this is just the fat/sinew slivers from the beef. It is easily picked out and discarded if you are that way inclined. You can check out the grey ooze in the picture below.

kitchenaid meat grinder grey sludge

A few other customers have complained about grinding beans and and wheat. My intention is to use this only for meat and other foods. I have a coffee grinder for beans and don’t see a need to grind my own wheat so these comments can be happily ignored.

What I have found personally while using the food grinder isn’t a big deal but something to be considered. When grinding meat I have had to stop and unscrew the front end where the grind plates and blades are as meat tends to get stuck in the screw on top and clear it out – no big deal, a little bit of mince lost. Having had a look at pictures of other meat grinders, this seems to happen to these as well. Can anyone shed any light on industrial grade grinders?

Amazon product link KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers

kitchenaid food grinder stuck meat

The biggest annoyance I have found is the tool that KitchenAid have included. This is multi purposed plastic tool to act as a ratchet for securing the screw on plate over the grinding plates and used to push the meat down the tube to be ground. I have found that while it does an alright job pushing the meat down, it seems to pull most of the meat back up with it when removed. I have had great results without using the tool and just letting the grinder pull the meat in itself.

Overall if you are in the market for a meat grinder and already have a KitchenAid stand mixer then this would be a good choice. I have no experience with any other type of meat grinder so have no comparison but for the moment it is doing a great job for providing me the means to grind out my own mince to make meatballs and burger patties.

WHERE CAN YOU BUY ONE?

I picked mine up locally from Kirkcaldie and Stains for $149 NZD. The Kitchen Aid food grinder attachment is also available in New Zealand at other department stores like Ballantynes and online from the Homestore for the same price.

For my overseas visitors, especially those in America, Amazon is your best bet as you can pick one up from as little as $47 USD.

Do you own a food / meat grinder? What type is it and do you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

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9 comments

  1. Maggie · April 4, 2014

    This looks really convenience, especially I can get better quality meat and grind it myself. Maybe I want to get one of those for my kitchen too 🙂

    • Scott · April 4, 2014

      If you have a KitchenAid already then definitely get this attachment. If not a KitchenAid is a hefty investment 🙂

  2. Tiffany · April 4, 2014

    Great review, my mom just informed me that we have had this attachment for quite some time.
    Do you think the food grinder could work for pasta?

    Thanks

    • Scott · April 4, 2014

      Hi Tiffany, thanks for stopping by and reading the review.

      I don’t think that the food grinder would work well at all for pasta. But don’t worry KitchenAid has you covered for that as well with their Pasta Attachment

  3. Cherie · April 4, 2014

    I just got this attachment and would like to grind cheese and roasted peppers for pimento cheese spread. Haven’t found anywhere online to answer my questions. Is this possible?

    • Scott · April 4, 2014

      I don’t see why not – I have not done myself but surely can be done.

  4. Edward · April 4, 2014

    Pretty impressive features, deserves 5 stars. Love to have it in my house. 🙂

  5. Andrew G. Hopkins · April 4, 2014

    Thank for sharing. I will be buy it.

  6. Ernestine · April 4, 2014

    I always feel confused on how to choose the most suitable meat grinder for me and my family until I read this article. Thank you so much for sharing experience! Thank you.