Pros & Cons
- Quiet, powerful, permanently lubricated motor
- Extraordinary build quality
- Extended Big Bite auger for fast, stomp-free grinding
- Blades may require frequent replacement
- Not entirely beginner-friendly
- Processing large batches requires cooling
LEM Meat Grinder Ratings
The construction and material quality of the meat grinder.
The amount of effort necessary to successfully operate the meat grinder.
The set of characteristics that enhance the functionality and efficiency of the meat grinder.
The additional tools and attachments that come with the meat grinder.
The amount of meat the appliance can grind per minute.
The meat grinder’s power, speed, smoothness of operation, and grinding results.
The range of different foods the meat grinder can process (e.g. domestic and game meat, fruit, produce).
The use of food-grade materials and the presence of safety features that prevent potential injury and food contamination.
The time and effort required to clean the meat grinder and keep it in good condition.
The average lifespan of the meat grinder with proper use and maintenance.
The affordability of the meat grinder in relation to its quality and in comparison with similar meat grinders.
LEM Meat Grinder Design & Accessories
With its stainless-steel housing, solid construction, and improved finish for minimized fingerprints, LEM Meat Grinder is an impressive, eye-catching device. It is rather heavy at 26.5 pounds, but the extra weight gives it stability. The knife, head, auger, and particularly large meat pan are all made of stainless steel. The unit is equipped with all-metal gears with roller bearings and a heavy-duty handle for easy moving.
User experience is enhanced with the large-diameter throat, the extended auger that speeds up the grinding process, and the rifling pattern within the head that allows the device to efficiently push meat without assistance. The added tray for storing knives and plates is a nice touch.
LEM Meat Grinder comes with an extra-long Big Bite auger, a stainless steel knife, a stainless steel meat pan, stainless steel stuffing, coarse (0.4 inches), and fine (0.2 inches) plates, a meat stomper, and 3 stuffing tubes measuring 0.5 inches, 1 inch, and 1.125 inches in outer diameter. The meat pan measures 11.25 x 9.125 x 2.25 inches (LWD).
The other 3 versions of the grinder are somewhat heavier and come with larger meat pans. The 0.5HP variant weighs 28.7 pounds and comes with a meat pan that measures 12.25 x 9.125 x 2.25 inches (LWD). The 0.75HP version weighs 33.1 pounds and its meat pan measures 12.25 x 9.125 x 2.25 inches (LWD). The 1HP grinder weighs 49.7 pounds and has a meat pan measuring 16.5 x 12.125 x 3.75 inches (LWD).
It is also worth noting that with these 3 versions, you get slightly different stuffing tubes. The tubes that come with the 0.5HP version measure 0.5 inches, 1 inch, and 1.375 inches in outer diameter. The ones you get with the 0.75HP and 1HP versions measure 0.625 inches, 1 inch, and 1.375 inches in outer diameter.
LEM Meat Grinder Ease Of Use & Maintenance
This meat grinder is pretty easy to use, especially if you have previous experience. Grinding and stuffing are rather effortless and stomping is virtually unnecessary. If the meat is properly prepared and chilled, the whole process should go smoothly without any particular need for human assistance.
However, if this is your first meat grinder, you are unlikely to be satisfied with the provided manual, which does not offer much clarity to a first-time user. The troubleshooting section is extremely short, making it necessary to contact the customer support to resolve potential issues.
You might be happy to hear that maintenance is perfectly quick and simple. While we prefer meat grinders that are dishwasher safe, LEM Meat Grinder still allows for easy cleaning, with a disassembly that takes a minute or two and quick washing in hot and soapy water. You just need to let all the parts dry completely before reassembling and spray them with food-grade silicone to prevent rust and prolong your grinder’s lifespan. If you prefer a more meticulous clean, you can get the handy LEM cleaning kit.
LEM Meat Grinder Grinding Performance & Versatility
What wowed us most while researching for this LEM Meat Grinder review is that this grinder’s performance is even more impressive than its high-quality build. Its smooth and fast operation and no need for a stomper make it a great choice for grinding virtually any kind of meat, from elk and deer to beef, pork, and chicken.
Do not get fooled by the relatively low wattage. This meat grinder uses a capacitor induction motor, which gives it infinitely more power than a brush motor used in classic kitchen grinders and hairdryers. Depending on how fast you feed the meat into the head, you can easily grind 15 pounds of meat in about 2-3 minutes, which is pretty amazing.
If you want to grind large batches at once, you do need to keep an eye on the temperature, as the grinder can get rather hot after grinding upward of 100 pounds of meat. To prevent overheating, you can use ice packs and make sure the meat is chilled to about 28 degrees Fahrenheit, which also allows for easier grinding.
The sausage stuffing function works great as well, with the excellent stainless-steel stuffing plate and 3 well-made stuffing tubes of different diameters. You do not have to remove all the fat, as the grinder works just fine with it. You just need to carefully trim the meat to remove bones and sinews and pay attention to coarseness when using smaller diameter tubes to avoid clogging.
While LEM Meat Grinder perfectly grinds all kinds of meat and excels at stuffing sausages, it is not suitable for bone grinding. Grinding deep-frozen meat, nuts, and other hard foods is also not advised. If you want to use it to process fruit and vegetables, you can get the inexpensive juicer attachment.
In case your grinding projects require more power, you have the 3 additional versions of the grinder at your disposal. You can get the 0.5HP grinder that processes 7-8 pounds per minute, the 0.75HP version that grinds about 11 pounds per minute or the mighty 1HP version that lets you grind up to 13 pounds of meat in 1 minute.
LEM Meat Grinder Safety
LEM Meat Grinder is designed with safety in mind and it comes with a built-in circuit breaker. The device automatically stops running in case of a clog, thus preventing motor damage and malfunctions. To ensure long-lasting performance, you should never run the grinder without meat in the head. As with all meat grinders, pushing meat into the head using fingers can result in serious injuries.
|Dimensions||9.13" x 17.44" x 13.9"|
|Processing power||4 lb/minute|
|Grinding plates||0.4" and 0.2"|