Introduction: Instructables Robot Burger - RoboBurger

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and Hello Kitty - shaped burger(100% pure beef). We don't just put another shrimp on the barbie, we grill Instructables Robot Burgers, the RoboBurger.

Note: No robots were harmed in the making of this Instructable.

You could just have an ordinary round shaped burger from an ordinary ho-hum burger joint or a square-shaped one like the one from Wendy'sdad's place or the tiny square-shaped ones with the hole in the middle like those from White C@stle. We want something uniquely shaped and in order to do that we need a custom patty press.

And be sure to wash it down with a Brooklyn Egg Cream Drink.

Step 1: Press On...

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We need to get some thin but sturdy aluminum stock to form our "cookie cutter" or die cutter. You could scavenge sheet aluminum from a soda/pop can or if you have on hand some leftover aluminum roll roofing flashing.

Tools for fools...

Use tin snips or aviation snips to cut your stock. A straightedge and a marker to mark your cutlines. A file or some emery paper to deburr the rough edges. Pliers to help bend the metal. A flat metal fabricator tool (HVAC duct hand seamer or a metal edge forming tool or a metal bending brake if you are lucky) makes things easier but you can just use a hammer and a block of wood to form your edges. A drill and a pop-riveter with aluminum rivets. Use gloves when handling the metal so as not to accidentally cut yourself.

Cut a strip of metal about 3 inches wide. The length should be longer than the perimeter of the shape you will be making. You can test fit or estimate the length needed with a strip of paper.

On both edges, we will reinforce the cutter with a folded over edge. Create a 3/8th inch bend along the entire length and bend it until it is flattened out on the other side. The metal forming tool is great for making that edge. A seam plier is great for crimping flat the edge. If you do not have these tools, use any pliers to start the bend or hammer over the edge on a block of wood.

Step 2: Follow the Curves...

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Print out a picture of the shape you want your burger. Size it to correspond to how big your buns are. The burger will shrink when cooked so make it a bit bigger to fit when cooked. A normal sized patty is about 4 1/2 inches in diameter and should weigh about 1/4 pound. Please convert to metric measurements if so inclined.

With the bent edges on the outside, gently coax the strip and bend it to fit around the shape on your paper pattern. Use needlenose pliers to make the sharp bends or creases. You can mark the points where it needs to bend and do if freehand away from the picture. Use a hammer to pound the aluminum over a dowel to get a smooth curve. Use your needlenose pliers to crimp any kinks that develop on the edges. Overlap the end enough to place a rivet there to hold it together. Drill the pilot hole for the rivet and rivet together. If you don't have a hand riveter, just tuck one end under the folded edges of the other and crimp. It will be enough to hold it together but may spring apart when you fill the form.

Wash and scrub thoroughly before use to remove any non-edible foreign matter and ink.

Step 3: Get Your Fill...

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Make sure you practice good food sanitation for outdoor grilling. Keep cold things cold till you cook them. Don't contaminate anything with raw meat juices. Clean often and keep the bugs away. We don't want any cases of Ro-Botulism.

So, any type of ground meat can be formed with this cutter. You can either roll out a flat mass of meat the desired thickness and press out shapes or just pack the cutter and push out the shape. I lay pieces of wax paper under the form so it is easier to move the patty out of the way and chill it so it holds it shape better.

Instead of ground beef you could also try sausage meat, ground chicken/turkey, ground seafood, or vegan alternatives. Experiment and make cutter shapes for grilled veggies or french fries (chips/pommes frites). Make smaller sized forms for sliders - miniburgers.

Grill, garnish, and enjoy!

This 4th of July was overcast with slight rain so we went with Plan B and did the indoor grill thing. Take your choice of bad particulates burning on the hot coals ignited with petrochemicals outside or superheated flourinated plastic grill coatings inside. Yum!

For that extra special treat, cut pizza dough with the cutters and bake your own foccacia bread to use as a gourmet bun that matches the burger.

Step 4: This Is Not the End...

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So go slap a GorillazMeatBallBurger on the grill. You will have to poke at it to see if it is done or still raw in the center or just toasty and crispy around the edges.

We do not condone or encourage any practice of cannibalism though we recognize the sovereign right of those peoples who do.

With the basic shapes you can make anything you want.


GorillazMiko (author)2008-07-05

+5/5 stars.
(added to favorites)
Mr. Rig It (author)GorillazMiko2008-07-07

LOL too funny

caitlinsdad (author)Mr. Rig It2008-07-07

Yeah, The video was the youtube response to this.

Mr. Rig It (author)caitlinsdad2008-07-07

The video is funny but I don't get the picture of your daighter in the KFC bucket.

Big Bwana (author)Mr. Rig It2008-07-07

and whats wrong with some Kentucky fried children ?? lol

MadBricoleur (author)Big Bwana2009-10-27

I know this is late, but ROFLMBO!!! that co-made my day. :D

GorillazMiko (author)Mr. Rig It2008-07-07


You have a lot of errors when you type.

A lot.

Mr. Rig It (author)GorillazMiko2008-07-07

Ok and?? We all make mistakes. It is not so much a spelling problem as it is a typing problem.

GorillazMiko (author)Mr. Rig It2008-07-07

I know, I'm just kidding.

caitlinsdad (author)GorillazMiko2008-07-07

Oooooooo, don't start stepping on Underdog's paws or you'll see me collaborating on an Instructable even more funner than this.

PKM (author)GorillazMiko2008-07-05

You're clearly The Man Now, Dog. :P Has anyone done a Leonidas/Technoviking crossover?

Weissensteinburg (author)2008-07-04

Please tell me you meant "We don't just put another shrimp on the barbie" as a Dumb and Dumber reference!

Paul Hogan, actor in Crocidile Dundee, brought the Australian saying to the US, in movies and tourism commericals, G'day mate and We'll put another shrimp on the Barbie(barbeque). I guess that's a no-worries Aussie thing where there is always more food for univited guests. I don't know but maybe they grill more seafood than burgers/hot dogs there.

Warlrosity (author)caitlinsdad2009-07-14

HEY! That is a stereotype.We like hamburgers heaps!

Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2008-07-22

I love Crocodile dundee!

caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2008-07-26

Crikey! You're the shiela who wrangles Skater-gators and Kid-crocs with just a keyboard? See this keyboard, now that's a keyboard!

Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2008-08-06

That I am! My trusty keyboard never let's me down! What are the chances of my getting out of here with this keyboard, you ask?

Better than average. :D


Ahhh, I haven't seen the Dumb and Dumber movies...yet...

awang8 (author)2009-02-09

I'm going to try making a cutter out of a Linux penguin!

I don't know why but I've been directed to a lot of instructables by you.

caitlinsdad (author)awang82009-02-09

I've never tried penguin before. It must taste like chicken.

Warlrosity (author)caitlinsdad2009-07-14

naa... more like rabbit

EL DOC (author)2009-05-31

hello it's me i thought about us for a long long time

caitlinsdad (author)EL DOC2009-05-31

like the ketchup commercial... Anticipation, anticipation Is making me late Is keeping me waiting...

Gurgoi (author)2008-10-16

Hah! When I first saw the foto of the robot burger I thought it's a germany-burger. It somehow reminds me of the shape of germany xD.

caitlinsdad (author)Gurgoi2008-10-16

You're right. It should have been a wiener schnitzel burger. Either way, potato salad makes a good side dish.

Lithium Rain (author)2008-08-06

Haha, a gorillazmiko burger, I just noticed that. Smash it! Stomp it!

Lithium Rain (author)2008-07-22

Reboot the chef, haha!

Mr. Rig It (author)2008-07-07

LOL, I knew who made this without looking at the name. You may have a robot illness :-)

martymunch (author)2008-07-06

Awesome idea, as per usual. I like the robo-burger. The master chief is cool too. fav'd

Gjdj3 (author)2008-07-04

Nice job. I almost put Reboot the Chef on the apron in my instructable also (I ended up going with Oil the Chef). You always have the best robot instructables. 5/5.

caitlinsdad (author)Gjdj32008-07-04

Haha, At least I'm not the only one on the 4th of July that worked on a Robot Instructable... looking around nervously...

Gjdj3 (author)caitlinsdad2008-07-04


=SMART= (author)2008-07-04

Haha cool, your good at making robot shaped foods :P

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-04

Nice! Try grilling it with the form so it doesn't fall apart

caitlinsdad (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-04

I think you have to do quality control and check the formed burger for even thickness and that all the meat binds together when it is pressed in the form. No need to cook it in the form unless you are making a burger souffle or something. Besides, my panini-sandwich grill press squishes everything when it is closed so the form would get in the way.

LinuxH4x0r (author)caitlinsdad2008-07-04

Try it on a real grill

caitlinsdad (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-04

Yeah, rain today so I used the indoor grill but I have used old smokey before when there was snow on the ground.

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