I never make hamburgers. Usually I pay $7 a pound for the local, free range beef and then STREEEETCH it as far as I can in a soup or casserole (chili with beans, 1/2 oz meatballs, etc.) But I started feeling like burgers last weekend.
My husband is the burger guy. He has this great recipe from the lone cookbook he brought to our marriage - Better Homes and Gardens. Well, that's not really true. He had 2-3 more, but I got rid of most of them. Just couldn't get into the Joy of Cooking.
Anyway, I was all set to do stir-fried greens and have him make burgers yesterday. It was a busy day that started with my Sat morning walk to the farmer's market (2.7 miles), and I was actually pretty speedy and less waddle-y yesterday. My neighbor caught me on the way there and offered to give me a ride home. So yay! After that it was 2 kids' birthday parties, and that's when disaster struck in the form of a sprained ankle.
So, we spent some time in urgent care and my spouse spent some time on the couch with a bag of frozen peas on his ankle. So making the burgers was up to me. Turns out: they're pretty easy.
Better Homes Burgers:
1 egg, beaten: 0.25
2 Tbsp milk: 0.05
2 Tbsp onion, minced: 0.05
1 clove garlic, pressed: 0.05
1/2 tsp dry mustard: 0.05
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper: 0.02
3/4 cup homemade fresh breadcrumbs: 0 (I just save bits and pieces of old bread). Much less if using dry storebought.
1 lb ground beef: $7
Total: $7.47 for four 1/4-lb burgers. $1.07 per burger.
Mix everything except the beef really well in a bowl. Add the beef and mix well. Form into four 3/4-inch thick patties or six 1/2 inch patties. We always make four.
Broil 3-4 inches from the heat for 15-18 mins (I did 20), flipping part way. I use the toaster oven.
I was so happy to have them done and hungry that I forgot to take a nice picture of the competed project, so here's a picture of the lone leftover burger. Of course, when you add the bun (0.25 each) and condiments, it comes out closer to $1.50 per burger. Still, delicious and higher-quality beef than (the still very yummy) local burger place, which is about $3.