Sunday, October 14, 2012
Game Day Oven Burgers
GAME-DAY OVEN BURGERS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., rack in the middle position.
1 pound lean ground sirloin
1 packet (½ box) Lipton Dry Onion soup (I used Beefy Onion)
1 egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons of your favorite burger flavoring: ketchup, Worcestershire, steak sauce, hot sauce, or whatever (I used A.-1. Steak Sauce)
¼ cup bread crumbs***
4 Kaiser Rolls, unsliced
Note: This recipe calls for 4 rolls but I'm sure you could probably use 5. the burgers are pretty big.
Put the meat in a large bowl. Add the onion soup and mix it up with your fingers.
Whip up the egg in a glass with a fork and add it to your bowl. Squish everything around with your fingers.
Add 2 Tablespoons of your favorite burger flavoring and mix that in.
Sprinkle on the bread crumbs and mix them in just as evenly as you can. They’ll soak up some of the egg and the meat juices.
Take 4 unsliced Kaiser Rolls and carve out the insides. Be very careful that you don’t make a hole in the bottom. Try to leave at least a quarter-inch of bread around the inside of the roll and on the bottom.
Note: There are two ways to prepare your Kaiser Rolls. One way is to pick out the insides until it resembles a little bread bowl. The other way is to cut a thin slice off the top of the roll, set it aside, and then pick out the bread inside until it resembles a little bread bowl. If you choose to get rid of the top, your burger will look brown and delicious. If you choose to pack your meat mixture inside and then clamp on the lid, your burger won’t brown as much. This method, however, has the added advantage of allowing you to take off the top after it’s baked and add extras like lettuce, pickles, and sliced tomato before clamping the top back on again.You decide. They’re delicious both ways.
Spoon about ¼ cup of the meat mixture into each hollow Kaiser Roll. One pound of lean ground sirloin should fill 4 Kaiser Rolls. If you’re afraid the juices are going to leak out the bottom and run all over your oven, bake the rolls in a disposable aluminum pan with sides or in a cake pan lined with foil.
Bake the Oven Burgers at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Serve warm. If you’d like to add cheese, take them out of the oven 5 minutes early, put on a piece of cheese, and stick them back in again for the remaining 5 minutes.
2nd Note: The roll gets pretty crunchy when made into 4 burgers if you make 5, cut down on the cooking time and maybe they won't be quite so crunchy.
3rd Note: If you can’t find Kaiser Rolls, any round bakery roll that’s not too soft will work. Make sure your rolls are over 2 and 1/2 inches high, unsliced, and the size of a large hamburger bun. I’ve even used unsliced hamburger buns from grocery stores that have bakeries. I haven’t tried this recipe with commercial hamburger buns (the kind you find in the bread aisle), but instinct tells me they’ll be too soft and the juices from the hamburger will probably leak out.