There’s not doubt that with the grilling season in full gear and July 4th just around the corner, grilling hamburgers is a very American tradition! And, as the holiday weekend approaches, I’m passing along food suggestions that would be appropriate for outdoor eating. So, let’s look a new way to do the classic hamburger!
If you were a fan of the daytime drama “Guiding Light”, you knew that it was an annual tradition for the Bauer clan to have a Fourth of July picnic every year. With that, the main course was the “Bauer Burger”. For a long time, it was never mentioned on the show what these burgers consisted of. Several years ago, on the “Guiding Light” message board, Michael O’ Leary, who played in the show for years, shared this recipe for “Bauer Burgers”. Whether you were a fan of the show or not, these are some sensational burgers and I’m now passing the recipe on to you!
There’s really no exact measurements for these burgers, except that you will need 2 pounds of ground sirloin and 3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce. Otherwise, you base the ingredients on how much you like that ingredient: the garlic, salt, pepper, chopped onion, grilled mushrooms and American or mozzarella cheese. To the beef, you mix in the desired amount of minced garlic, salt, pepper and the Worcestershire sauce. You’ll need to have on standby some grilled mushrooms and the cheese of your choosing. The beef mixture is formed into an even number of thin patties, and you want these very thin to allow for the filling.
Once you have the patties formed, you top a patty with the desired amount of chopped onion. Then, a slice of either American or mozzarella cheese goes on top of that. Some grilled mushrooms go on top of that and the whole thing is covered with a second patty. You then press the edges of the patties with a fork to seal them. They now are ready for the grill and these are cooked over a low flame until they’re as done as you like them. Since these are thicker than regular burgers, it will take more time to cook them, so make certain that you allow additional time. When, done, you can now serve these with any of your traditional or favorite hamburger toppings.
If you’d like some slaw to go with your burgers, I shared one for “Ceil’s Barbecued Slaw” a few years ago. To get the recipe, follow this link:
For a burger that’s definitely not the “same old burger”, this is the one to try!
- 2 lbs. ground sirloin
- fresh minced garlic
- salt and pepper
- 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- chopped onion
- sliced American or mozzarella cheese
- grilled mushrooms
Mix the ground sirloin with the desired amount of garlic, salt and pepper, and the Worcestershire. Make an even number of thin patties, making sure that they are very thin to accommodate the fillings. Starting with a patty, place some onion on top, followed by a slice of cheese. Top this with grilled mushrooms. Cover the whole thing with another patty. Using a fork, press down the edges of the patties so they are sealed.
Barbecue the double patties over a low flame until the desired doneness, allowing more time to cook due to their thickness.