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Soggy buns got you down?  Try the Burger Lift and Elevate Your Favorite Food!
Soggy buns got you down?  Try the Burger Lift and Elevate Your Favorite Food!
Soggy buns got you down? Try the Burger Lift and Elevate Your Favorite Food!
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So what’s the best part of the burger? The juiciness of a medium-rare patty, of course. The worst part, the messy plate! Juice spills out of the hamburger as you are eating it and inevitably begins to pool on the plate.Here at Burger Lift, we love hamburgers and we know you do too!!! Everything from the juicy patty, to the crisp lettuce, to a delicious sauce that pulls the whole meal together.  It is our feeling that the hamburger might be the single greatest invention in human history!

We are not alone. Americans eat roughly 50 billion burgers every year.  That’s roughly 3 burgers per person every week!  But while eating all these burgers, we started to notice a problem.

 We are left with the dilemma of where to place the burger down. 

Do we set it in the juice and get the dreaded soggy bun? Do we place it awkwardly on the edge of the plate? Do we balance the burgers on the fries?  Or do we just hold the burger throughout the meal?  None of these options are ideal.

The Burger Lift! The Burger Lift was conceived to give you a place to rest your burger to avoid all the sogginess and let you enjoy every bite of your favorite meal from start to finish. It would raise the burger a fraction of an inch above the plate and allow the burger to elevate above the mess. The next big question was how it would look.

Our goal was to make the Burger Lift a clean, simple design that functioned well and was aesthetically pleasing. We attempted many versions before ultimately focusing on our final design.

Initial Sketches:

 Early Prototype:


3D Model

Model done by Brian DiNoto
Model done by Brian DiNoto

Rapid Prototyping

Using the model, we constructed several 3D-printed plastic prototypes (through the Makerbot Replicator 2). Having the ability to transform our thoughts and designs into the real world allowed us the opportunity to analyze our design and find improvements.  The overall size of the Burger Lift was refined to find the optimal scale to fit burgers without dominating your plate. We tweaked the fine details until the form and function were just right.

3d Printed Test
3d Printed Test

From the rapid plastic prototypes, we commissioned several stainless steel prototypes, from Shapeways, based on our final design.  This design contains an iconic burger image that is slowly revealed as the meal is consumed. The concentric rings allow the juices of the burger to pass onto the plate while the bun remains elevated above the mess.

It is constructed from stainless steel and is dishwasher safe.  The design is both lightweight and easy to grab, but sturdy enough to withstand the test of time. 

We also know that drawer and cabinet space in your kitchen is extremely valuable real estate. Therefore, we have designed The Burger Lift to be stackable and neatly stored in any kitchen. So it doesn't matter if you have 4, 8, 12, or 100 Burger Lifts; they will always have a place to call home.

Now it was on to the fun part. Like any good designer, we diligently tested our product by eating countless burgers while using The Burger Lift. We found the juices drained perfectly and the bun remained dry. Ultimately using The Burger Lift created a better tasting and less messy meal.

Product testing is complete and we have secured a fantastic manufacturer with a reputation for quality and dependability.  We have a deal in place to begin manufacturing Burger Lifts once our funding is secure.

We need Kickstarter to secure the funding necessary to begin the manufacturing process. When manufacturing a product like this, a big cost is the creation of the initial mold. The mold is a hollowed out block that liquid metal is poured into and hardens to form the proper shape as it dries. Once the mold is created, the per unit cost of manufacturing is much more sustainable.

So the majority of these funds are dedicated to creating this mold while the remainder collected will go toward producing our first batch of Burger Lifts and unleashing them onto the world!

BURGER LIFTS:

 BURGER LIFT KOOZIES:

Burger Lift Koozies! (printed not on one, but THREE sides!!)
Burger Lift Koozies! (printed not on one, but THREE sides!!)

 BURGER LIFT APRON:

COMPLETE COOKOUT IN A BOX:

 HOMEMADE BURGER SEASONING:

Give your burger some extra flavor with our homemade seasoning!
Give your burger some extra flavor with our homemade seasoning!

 YOUR OWN CATERED COOKOUT!

Let us cook for you!
Let us cook for you!

BURGER LIFT PARTY! GOURMET BURGER TASTING!

Manufacturing begins the day after the Kickstarter funds have been secured. It will take 4-6 weeks to create the mold, test it, and make any necessary refinements.  Once approved, it will take another few weeks to use the mold to build the first order of Burger Lifts. From there, they will be packaged and shipped to our warehouse before being sent to all our backers.  So within 3 months we should have all the Burger Lifts manufactured and ready to lift your buns!

Together we make up the Burger Lift super team!  We will work tirelessly to make the Burger Lift a reality and bring them to plates around the world to elevate your favorite meal.

 The Burger Lift team THANKS YOU!!!

Risks and challenges

We have been developing this project for a long time and have meticulously analyzed every element. The Burger Lift has been tested and tweaked and retested over and over again until we felt we had the best product possible. All the numbers have been crunched and recrunched so we feel very strongly that we have done everything in our powers to create the best product possible.

This is our first time working with this particular manufacturer on a project. They are locally based and carry a long standing reputation for quality and reliability, but like any new business relationship, this could potentially cause a problem. In the event that the manufacturer does not deliver, we have many others that were bidding on creating the Burger Lift in their own factories so we are confident we can find a suitable replacement and get this project back on track.

Regardless, this project is a complete passion of ours and you will rest assured that we will overcome whatever obstacles come our way in order to deliver this product as promised and on time.

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    BURGER LIFT VIP PARTY! Meet the Burger Lift team and Rev Ciancio of Burger Conquest for a gourmet burger tasting at Idle Hands Bar in NYC on May 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm! For full details, see http://bit.ly/1lHEL2z

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!
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    Complete Cookout in a Box!!! Everything you need for a Cookout for up to 10 friends.

    10 Burger Lifts, 10 Koozies, Burger Lift Chef Apron, Homemade Burger Spices PLUS All the meat, buns, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and garnishes for the best cookout ever!!!

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    The Burger Lift Team Will Host Your Cookout!!!

    We will come to your house and cater your next cookout for up to 10 people!!! We will supply all the Burger Lifts, Koozies, and food for the entire party...Not to mention our shining personalities!!!

    **Limited to within a 50 miles radius of New York City or if you are the mother of a Burger Lift Team Member.

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