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Big Burger Grill from Kenner (1967)

Kenner's New Big Burger Grill

Box art for the Big Burger Grill show kids enjoying treats from an actual working miniature grill.

In 1967, Kenner released one of the most realistic entries into the “miniature household appliances that actually work” toy category. Following its instant hit, the Easy-Bake Oven, by four years, Kenner’s Big Burger Grill was an actual working grill – a hot plate, really – that, according to advertisements from the time, “allowed boys and girls to enjoy drive-in treats at home.”

The grill was powered by a single 150-watt light bulb that heated a removable metal surface sized to fit about two standard-sized hamburger patties. A “spatter-proof” transparent grill cover and removable grease trap rounded out the setup. A red light signaled when the grill was powered on.

The grill came equipped with 12 add-water mixes for pancakes (blueberry and buttermilk); hamburger and hot dog buns; maple syrup, ketchup, mustard, and onions. Additional food preparation utensils included a spatula, mixing bowl, bun mold, spool, salt shaker, and cookbook.

The Big Burger Grill remained on the market for four years. In 1968, Kenner upgraded it to include milk shakes, with a battery powered mixer in the set and three chocolate shake mixes in the box, and renamed it The Big Burger Grill and Shake Set.

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