Ultimate Sliders Toolbox
You probably got a hankering for sliders after reading Kenji's post about how to make the (more) ultimate(est) perfect sliders. Prepare someone's kitchen for slider-making by getting him or her these Kenji-approved tools:
1. Get thinly sliced onions with a Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slice ($19.90)
2. Cook the patties in a Blue Steel de Buyer Crepe Pan ($23.64)
3. Smash the patties with Kenji's favorite Due Buoi Wide Spatula ($36)
4. Cover the pan with an IKEA TEKLA Dish Towel ($0.49)
5. Serve them on dinner rolls (for standard slider size) or party rolls (really tiny); we recommend Martin's Potato Rolls
Kenji's number one tip for making better burgers is to grind your own beef (read more about his optimal burger blend). If you know someone in need of a meat grinder, you've got lots of choices, at outlined by Kenji in his guide on how to buy, use, and care for a meat grinder. For the burger love who has a stand mixer, a meat grinder attachment is all it takes to go from making cakes to making burgers; they're available for KitchenAid ($49.95), Viking ($124.95), and Cuisinart ($128.95). For a cheap standalone grinder, try a hand crank meat grinder ($49.95). And for the one you really love (and in turn loves to grind lots and lots of meat), get an electric standalone grinder, such as a Waring grinder ($99.95).
Instant Read Thermometer
Sometimes just poking a burger patty to see if it's cooked correctly doesn't quite cut it. Another one of Kenji's top burger-making tips is to use a good instant read thermometer. An inexpensive version like the CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer ($14) works fine, but for that special someone get the superfast Splash-Proof Thermapen ($96).
In-N-Out Gift Card
While gift cards may look like a waste when most people would probably prefer cash, an In-N-Out gift card gives the recipient an excuse to eat more burgers. And that's a good thing—assuming he or she can get to an In-N-Out. They come in denominations of $5 (but come on, you can do better than that) to $50 (ah, that's better).
'The Good Stuff Cookbook' by Spike Mendelsohn
For those who can't get to Top Chef alumni Spike Mendelsohn's burger joint Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C., bring the burgers to your kitchen with his cookbook The Good Stuff Cookbook: Burgers, fries, shakes, wedges, and more ($16.42) released earlier this year.
Silly Burger Gifts Under $10
For the Kids: Play-Doh Burger Builder
Those little human nuggets can't reach the stove yet, but they can (sort of) learn about burger making through the magic of Play-Doh. Get the Play-Doh Burger Builder ($16.27) and those kids will be squeezing out Play-Doh patties, pickles, buns, and ketchup noodles in no time.
For the Burger Lover Who Has Everything
...That person probably doesn't have a 3D hamburger jigsaw puzzle ($18.40) from Japan.