Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Stuffed Hamburgers in the Oven
She got the idea to make these burgers after reading about them in a book. Her choice of reading usually involves mysteries and food. This recipe was adapted from one found in Gingerbread Cookie Murder, by Joanne Fluke, one in a series that involves a woman who owns a cookie shop.
These burgers were a nice change from the traditional burger but they were also very filling, be prepared to be stuffed!
For four burgers:
1/2 kg (about 1 lb) of ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs of your favorite burger topping (we did extra and used both BBQ sauce and ketchup)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
seasonings, like salt, pepper, oregano, or anything else that sounds good to you.
4 kaiser rolls (regular American hamburger rolls will not work and will be soggy!!!)
Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F)
In a large bowl, mix everything together (minus the rolls :) )
You will probably have to get dirty and use your hands for this part.
Then, take your four rolls and carve out the insides, making sure not to put a hole in the bottom Try to leave at least a centimeter of thickness all around each roll, including the bottom. You can also do this a bit differently, which is what we chose to do. Cut the top off the roll (only a little bit) and then carve out the inside. Save the top and use it as the top of your burger. This way you can add your favorite burger toppings like lettuce and tomatoes and have a way to hold onto the burger. (The recipe warned the burger will not get as brown if you do this so as a solution, we cooked the burger first without the top and later added it toward the end of the cooking time.)
Spoon the mixture into each hallowed out roll, filling each to the top.
Bake for 45 minutes. If you want to add cheese, add it toward the last five minutes of baking.
We baked ours for 35 minutes without the bun top and the last 10 minutes with it.
Top with all of your favorites (we used onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, BBQ sauce, and ketchup)
Served with homemade oven-baked garlic fries we were stuffed when finished eating.