At this time of year, with lots of festive foods and deserts playing havoc with your digestion and your wallet, sometimes you just want something simple. With funds in short supply from buying gifts and all those special family meals, stretching the basics can also be a priority.
How about home made hamburgers?
Easy you think, but lean beef gets spendy, not to mention fresh tomatoes in winter.
My mom had to feed 6, 2 of them teenagers, and often there was too much month at the end of the money for more than 1 pound of hamburger. So…
1 lb hamburger
1 handful chopped onion,
1 handful chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic minced
2 slices stale bread ripped into small pieces
Combine all the above, cutting them together like you would meat loaf.
That’s right, like meat loaf. Shape the meat mixture into 6 patties and fry, grill, or broil til no long pink in the middle.
Garnish each burger with a slice of onion, a slice of tomato (optional), lettuce, ketchup (hey it’s tomato), mustard, relish. Pickles and olives on the side.
If you have hamburger buns on hand, great. Otherwise, use up the no longer fresh bread, toasted if you prefer. If you have teenage tummies to fill, try cooking up frozen potato bites for a change from frozen potato fries.
I didn’t know there was any other way to fix hamburgers until well into my teens and I was a few short years from leaving my folks empty nesters.