Unitasker Wednesday: Meatball Grill Basket

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

When I think about cooking out on the grill, I think about hotdogs, hamburgers, steak, corn, asparagus, kebobs, bratwursts, and peaches (mmmmm, grilled peaches). Want to know what I don’t think about? Meatballs.

Williams-Sonoma has once again created a solution (the Meatball Grill Basket) for a problem that doesn’t exist. People the world over were just fine cooking their meatballs on the stove or in the oven. No one was crying late at night, gnashing their teeth, wishing that someone, somewhere would create a giant contraption for the specific purpose of grilling meatballs.

But now, NOW!, you can drop $50 for this item that you have no use for owning. Honestly, if you really wanted to grill meatballs (and again, why would you?) all you have to do is add a bit of egg to your meatball mixture and you can set meatballs directly onto the grill grates, same as a hamburger. If you want meatballs smaller than your grill grates, simply set a metal cooling rack (make sure it’s just plain metal) onto your grill grates and then cook your meatballs on the smaller-grated cooling rack. (It will look kind of like this.) A metal cooling rack has a dozen purposes and costs less than $7.

Wow, I wonder how many of these Meatball Grill Baskets Williams-Sonoma is going to sell?? Unbelievable.

55 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Meatball Grill Basket”

  1. posted by kendra on

    hilarious, this was just featured on today’s daily candy weekend guide.

  2. posted by Sally on

    My family loves meatballs, but I find it difficult to cook them in a pan, for the simple reason that round objects don’t cook evenly on a flat surface. So when I saw this tool in the Williams Sonoma catalog, I decided to get one.

    Good thing I went to the shop to check it out, rather than ordering it online. The handle is not heat-proof, so it needs to be detached for grilling. My grill basket is the same way and works just fine, but in the case of the meatball griller, the handle is very difficult to detach and reattach. Essentially, you need to force a metal clip to open, and as tricky and that might be while putting the gadget on a hot fire, reattaching something metal that has been sitting over the flames would be virtually impossible. Moreover, you also need to reattach the handle to turn the meatballs over, or else they would fall out, as the handle is what keeps the gizmo closed.

    I left the store empty-handed and disappointed.

    Maybe some day someone will invent a tool, sort of like a waffle maker, that will heat the meatball on all its surfaces at once. I’d buy a dozen and give them to my friends.

  3. posted by Bert Sackman on

    I don’t get it. So what if it’s a unitasker! It works for those people who want the smokey and round meatballs. If you don’t like unitaskers, then don’t drive to work. And don’t use that refrigerator. Most certainly, you shouldn’t grill a steak or some burgers on that unitasking Weber. By the way, try peeling an apple with your chef’s knife or mincing onions or slicing a roast beef for a sandwich with a paring knife. Those knives are unitaskers. Better not fly off on a vacation on one of those unitaskers. I’ve used the meatball griller. It does a samn good job, and not just for meatballs either. You can make a hell of a falafel as well as salmon burgers that don’t fall apart on the grill because you didn’t load it up with eggs to bind it. If we drop all our unitaskers, we’ll have to give up our wrist watches, calculators and TV sets. Chuck Williams started out with a damn good idea importing fine knives from Europe and selling them in his shop, Williams Sonoma. He, or his staff, saw a good thing and so he is marketing the meatball griller. It costs too much? So, make a competitive product, manufacture it and market it for less. First of a kind products always are expensive. If you can do it better, great! You make money and we all benefit.

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