The key elements for Marel to create the perfect patty
Texture determines taste
Texture highly influences a consumer’s taste experience and is determined by the grind size of the meat and orientation of the meat proteins, most importantly the collagen fibers. By controlling the direction of the fibers, it is possible to obtain a certain texture.
The size and orientation of fibers allow different amounts of air to be held inside the burger, which creates different levels of juiciness. Increasing the size of the fibers also gives more bite, improving the feeling in the mouth and giving a more meaty texture.
Cooking the burger will cause collagen fibers to contract, but it is possible to ensure shrinkage is visually minimized by controlling the orientation of the collagen fibers during processing and steering them in a vertical direction. As the burger is cooked, the reduction will be in height rather than in diameter. This means that the burger will look similar in size before and after cooking, giving the consumer an optimal post-purchase experience.
For Marel, appearance is key
The appearance of a burger, in both an uncooked and a cooked state, strongly influence the buyer decision process and is very important for overall consumer satisfaction. Fiber orientation, grind size and surface appearance all determine how visually appealing a burger is to the consumer.
Any type of protein
Burgers are no longer just made from beef, there are many alternatives such as chicken, pork, lamb and the increasingly popular plant-based proteins. The technology in Marel systems transfers effortlessly between all types of raw material to create the perfect burger for any protein.
Marel’s burger processing equipment enables to meet consumer demand.
Flexibility is key for the modern-day processor. To take advantage of market opportunities created by changing consumer demand, you need to be able to produce a variety of burger shapes and textures, in various quantities. At the same time, they must have consistency and the highest quality. Regardless of volume or burger type, Marel has a solution to meet your needs.
Technology and innovation
From beginning to end, across an endless range of possibilities, Marel can create a solution for you. Marel meat preparation systems can prepare your mass in a hygienic, accurate and efficient way to the highest quality. Marel advanced technology for inline fat analysis and contaminant detection can assure the highest quality products as well as food safety. And for forming burgers, Marel has various innovative systems for low pressure portioning and forming.