If you're a fan of White Castle burgers, or mini-burgers in general, you might be interested in the Big City Slider Station.
It is a stove-top cooker that promises delicious mini-burgers in minutes.
The beauty of the device, according to the manufacturer, is that its unique design allows the burgers to cook from top to bottom without needing to be flipped.
You can supposedly cook the burgers in two minutes, although once you read the fine print it's more like two to four minutes.
It's really a pretty simple process. You begin by scooping up some ground beef and forming it into a little ball. They basically look like big meat balls.
Once you put the meat ball onto the slider station, you put the unit on a stove top, on medium heat, and press the lid down.
After two minutes, the burgers appeared to be cooked and they smelled delicious. If you like your burger medium, it's pretty much cooked at this point.
In commercials for the Big City Slider Station, they advertise that you can use the unit to make "gooey grilled cheese pockets." I decided to give it a try.
You just use the kind of mini biscuits that you can get from the grocery store. After adding the cheese and a little butter, I put them on the slider station and pressed down.
After three minute on the stove top, I went to check on the cheese pockets. It appeared that they were cooked on one side, but burned on the other.
The commercials also say that the slider station is great for cooking silver dollar pancakes. I gave it a try, but I had a problem similar to the one I had with the cheese pockets: one side was cooked, but the other side was burned.
So here are my thoughts on the Big City Slider Station. I absolutely love it for making mini-burgers. It cooks the burger top to bottom perfectly, and it will do it in just a couple of minutes.
But in terms of the other stuff they tell you that you can cook, it doesn't work so well. We have the silver dollar pancakes that cooked on one side and not the other. The grilled cheese pockets didn't turn out well. So, given everything I've seen, I'm going to give it the partial thumbs up.
I bought the Big City Slider Station for about $20 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond in Mishawaka.
You can also find more information about it online at www.bigcityslider.com.
Next week, we'll see if the "Point and Paint" can really help you paint a room in less than an hour. Find out if it paints a pretty picture, or if you should brush it aside, next Monday at 11:00.