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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In a Jam-Here I Am | Hamburgers

Hi all! In case you missed these yummy burgers when we posted them back in February - we thought we'd share them with you again today! Enjoy!

One way to really extend my budget, and save valuable time slaving in the kitchen (ha), is to plan ahead, buy ahead and cook ahead. You can do all three with "In a Jam-Here I Am" Hamburgers...the perfect thing to serve when unexpected people arrive, for game night or when you are so tired you just can't think!

When there is a really good sale on ground beef...I buy lots.  I prepare these awesome 'In a Jam' burgers (with love), cook them and then freeze them.  Sooo, when I have to perform, I just whip them out of the freezer, zap in the microwave a few minutes, plop them on a yummy bun (see Parmesan Rosemary Onion Buns Post), add a salad, fries or fruit, and bingo!  All your hungry people will be more than satisfied.  And instead of a frazzled brain, you'll have a huge smile on your face and a delicious sandwich in your hand! 

This is what you will need:
Hamburger, Stove Top Stuffing (Chicken) Mix, eggs, onions, garlic, water, Italian seasoning, onion powder,  garlic powder, salt ( I used Paula Deen's Silly Salt), and pepper.  Optional: a dash of hot sauce.

Finely chop the onions and mince the garlic.

Combine the hamburger, eggs, chopped onions, minced garlic, stuffing mix and water in a bowl and mix until well combined.

 Measure and drop in the seasonings, mix well.

Shape into hamburger patties about 6 oz. each (press center of each burger down so they don't puff up in the middle as they bake).

Place the shaped patties on a foil lined pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake hamburgers in a 400℉ oven for 30-40 minutes (depending on thickness) until cooked through.

Eat some now, and save some for later. 

To serve:  Place frozen burgers in the microwave and zap 2-3 minutes or until they are really
nice and hot-don't over zap!  Place on one of my buttered and grilled Parmesan Rosemary Onion Buns (see post) or your favorite bun.  Add condiments of choice and a big smile as you deliver a tasty, fast, inexpensive, and effortless meal!


Here is the recipe:

In a Jam, Here I Am |  Hamburgers 

3 pounds of ground beef
2 eggs
1 package of Stove Top Stuffing Mix-Chicken   (I use almost a whole package)
1 cup water
2-3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 to 1 1/2 onions, finely chopped
1 T Italian seasoning (or your choice of herbs)
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t salt, or more  (I used Paula Deen's Silly salt)
pepper to taste
hamburger buns
Optional:  dash of hot sauce

Preheat oven to 400℉.  Line 2 (15 x 10 x 1") pans with foil.  Spray with cooking spray.
Mix hamburger, eggs, stuffing mix, and water until well combined.

Drop in the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.  Shape into hamburger patties (6 oz each). Hint:  press down in the center of each formed patty to keep them from heaving up in the center)

Place patties on foil lined pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray.   Bake at 400℉ for 30-40 minutes (depending on thickness) or until cooked through.

Cool completely. I individually wrap them in plastic or foil and freeze for later use.

When ready to use, place in the microwave frozen (if using foil, remove) and heat until nice and hot-don't over heat (about 2-3 minutes depending on thickness and microwave).

To serve:  Arrange on one of my buttered and grilled Parmesan Rosemary Onion Buns or your favorite bun.  Add your choice of condiments...eat them up!

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