Meat grinder plate hole sizes determine the texture of the ground meat you produce.
In most parts of the US, hamburger meat is ground using an 1/8" hole grinder plate. Here are some other common sizes and uses:
The 1/8" is the most common plate you'll find behind most meat counters. In fact, many butchers will keep a couple of these around for safe measure. The 3/8" and 3/16" are the next most common sizes.
The images below show the approximate texture of ground meat produced from specific hole sizes.
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