Game Day Sliders

September 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Cheese, Hamburger, Lunch, Main Dish, Sandwich, Supper | 1 Comment

This yummy and delish recipe is courtesy of the Retro Dinner Diva.  I saw the picture, read the recipe and had to print it off.  Oh, myyyyyyyyy!  I’m so glad that I did!  Even though I prepared this for supper, these would be great for lunch, too.  I only changed one thing:  the cheese and the amount used.  Oh, wait, that’s two things 😛


1 pound hamburger

1 cup cheddar-jack

1 package of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix

1 tbsp. mayonnaise

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

canola oil sprayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmini hamburger buns (we like mini potato rolls for our sliders)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In medium sized bowl, combine cheese, soup mix, mayonnaise and garlic powder.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen, gently blend in the hamburger; you want to get all of the flavors mixed into the meat but don’t overwork the meat.  Hamburger gets tough if you overwork it and nobody wants a tough slider.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpray your 9×13 cookie sheet with canola oil spray and then spread the meat mixture on the cookie sheet; flatten it to maybe 1/4 inch thickness.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABake in hot oven for about 20-25 minutes.  Remove when timer goes off – ding! and let the meat rest for about 4-5 minutes before slicing up with pizza cutter.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy hamburger didn’t stick together but that’s okay, since we made double-sliders.  We aren’t picky about the way we eat our sliders.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASlice potato rolls in half, grab all the condiments you love:  mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, whatever and go for it!  We had fresh tomatoes from our garden.  YUM!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI ate two plus some baby carrots.  I wanted a third but my tummy said, “No thanks, not today!”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese will be definitely re-created in my kitchen…….soon!




Hamburger for Lunch

August 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Posted in George Foreman Grill, Hamburger, Kraft Mac & Cheese, Lunch, Main Dish, Microwave | Leave a comment

We haven’t been eating big meals since hubby came home from the hospital; he hasn’t been very hungry, so the teen and I have been kind of doing the “self-service” meals.  Today for lunch I made myself a burger on the George Foreman Grill.  I ran out of hamburger buns, but gladly ate it on some honey-wheat bread.


2 slices of honey wheat bread

1/4 pound hamburger

salt and pepper

Spray the George Foreman Grill with canola oil; plug in to preheat.

Directions:  season the hamburger, form into patty.  Toss onto Grill and check after about three minutes.  Flip just for the fun of it.  It shouldn’t take too much longer for it to be medium-rare, the way I love it.  Spread mayo on the bread and flop the burger on and dig in!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can see I wanted Kraft Mac & Cheese along with the burger.  Since it was just me, I fixed up one of those instant microwavable cups from Kraft.  Pretty good stuff.  Not as good as homemade mac & cheese, but it was enough for just me.  All I needed then was my iced tea and that was lunch!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mexican Hash

July 28, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Corn, Hamburger, Hash, Mexican Food, My Own Creation, Potatoes | Leave a comment

This is just something I threw together…I think I shall call it Mexican Hash, since it reminds me of corned beef hash.


1/2 pound hamburger (more or less)

1 small potato, peeled and diced

Dash of McCormick Onion Powder

Dash of McCormick Garlic Powder

Dash of McCormick Cumin (we call in comino in Spanish and it has to be in meat dishes for an authentic Mexican taste)

Dash of McCormick Cilantro Leaves (definitely needed in a Mexican dish)

Dash of salt

1 tbsp. canola oil

1/2 can Green Giant SteamCrisp Super Sweet Yellow & White Corn (save remaining corn for another meal)

1 can (10 ounces) Rotel Mild Canned Tomatoes and Green ChilesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIgnore the second potato in the picture; once I had started, it was determined that one would be enough 🙂

Brown hamburger and spices in the canola oil over medium heat.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd the potatoes, then stir in the Rotel Tomatoes and Chiles along with the corn.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALet the mixture bubble for maybe 8 minutes, until the potatoes are done, but not soggy.  Serve with cheddar to shred on top; I needed some sour cream since the dish was a bit spicy. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wish I had some pinto beans; they would have been an excellent addition to the dish, plus they would have taken away some of the spiciness, too.  Daniel couldn’t believe it when I told him we didn’t have a single pinto bean in the house.  Such a rare occasion 😦

But, it was still yummy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh, yes, and don’t forget the tortillas – Mom’s are the best!

Chili Burgers, My Way

July 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Chili, Chili Burger, Food Network, George Foreman Grill, Guy Fieri, Hamburger, Lunch, Main Dish, My Own Creation, Supper | Leave a comment

Last night, the teen and I watched a recorded Drive-Ins, Diners & Dives with Guy Fieri.  You can not watch that show without drooling and/or racing to your kitchen for something to eat.  I made popcorn last night, even though none of the places Guy went to served any.  He went to a couple of hamburger joints, though, and I think each of them served some type of chili burger.  My son didn’t like chili for the longest time but now he does and so we decided that today should be chili burger day.

I hunted on the Food Network website for a recipe from last night’s recording and didn’t find it, so I winged it.


1.5 pounds of hamburger

1 tbsp. canola oil

1 can of Bush’s Pinto Beans

1 can (10ounces) of Ro-tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles (I used mild)

1 can (14.5 ounces) of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce

2 tbsp. McCormick Chili Powder

1 tbsp. McCormick Chipotle Seasoning

2 tbsp. McCormick Onion Powder

1 tbsp. McCormick Garlic Powder

1 tbsp. McCormick Ground Cinnamon

1 stick of butter

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrown hamburger (in the canola oil)  in deep pan.  Mine was frozen so it took a bit of stirring and chopping to get it totally browned and cooked thoroughly.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd all of the other ingredients, stirring as you add them.  You may want to use MORE or LESS of the seasonings, depending on your family’s tastes.  Woo!  A whole stick of butter – I saw this on the television show last night – it sounded like a great idea until I saw how BIG the stick of butter looked in the pan.  Then I began wondering about heart attacks…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALet the flavors blend and taste again; add salt and pepper.  Blend well.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACover with lid and set in hot oven for at least three hours.  Time to make the burgers!  My hubby hasn’t been feeling well all weekend, so it was just the teenager and me for supper tonight.  He wanted two burgers and I wanted one.  He ate his too quickly for me to photograph it but here’s mine on the George Foreman Grill:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also toasted the buns like last night.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt does not take very long to cook a burger on the grill; maybe a total of four minutes.  Pop it on top of the bun:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd the chili and if you want, some shredded cheddar:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh.  My.  Gosh.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOkay, I tried to be ladylike and nice and neat and sliced my first bite with a fork and knife.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy son laughed at me and said that I had to pick it up to eat it, so I did.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMmmmmmmmmmmm!  Heavenly!

After eating two burgers, the teen wanted MORE chili, so he grabbed a bowl and some crackers:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe likes chili with his crackers, can you tell?  🙂

I needed a small bowlful, too.  I like cheese and sour cream.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m so stuffed, I don’t think I’ll be able to eat until tomorrow!

Hamburger Helper Night

July 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Hamburger, Hamburger Helper, Main Dish, Supper | Leave a comment

We’ve been doing meatless Mondays but this week while preparing the menu I slipped.  Oh, well.  Actually, I slipped up so badly that I didn’t get anything out of the freezer for supper until after we got home from our trip to the city for hubby’s doctor appointment.  We then had to take our puppy girl to the vet and hamburger was the fastest thing I could think of, so I grabbed a pound from the freezer and had hubby pick a box of Hamburger Helper from the pantry.  I’m not fond of the stuff and could live without it quite happily for the rest of my life but my two guys like it so I occasionally have it on hand.  It works for nights like this.

I dislike it so much I only took one picture tonight:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was telling my husband after supper that my mom would make it – not often – but when she did, by the time the bowl came to the table the macaroni was pretty mushy.  Maybe that’s why I don’t like it.  Bad childhood memories.

Oh, well.  I ate some tonight.  I don’t let my macaroni get mushy; I hate mushy pasta more than anything.

Hamburgers & Hot Dogs on the 4th of July

July 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Grilling Out, Hamburger, Hotdogs, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I love this grill!

Tonight we grilled hotdogs and hamburgers.  Yum!  Charcoal grilling tastes so much better than gas grilling.


Charcoal and lighter fluid


Hotdog buns

Hamburger – 80/20 for burgers

Hamburger buns

Condiments – ketchup, mustard, cheese for the burgers

Sides – potato salad, cole slaw, pickles, baked beans

I made the fire pretty big and it was perfect.  The dogs went on for about 10 minutes and the burgers took about the same time.  I flipped them a couple of times and they were nice and medium rare.  Of course the hotdogs were toasted black, which is the only way to eat them.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADelish!  I could grill everydayOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Chillin’ and Grillin’

June 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Grilling Out, Hamburger, Hotdogs, S'Mores, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today we purchased a charcoal Weber grill and it took hubby and son about five minutes to put it together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter hubby got the charcoal started, I stayed indoors and prepared some burgers and made a Ranch Pasta Salad and heated up some beans.  Oh, and we had the rest of the grape and apple salad from Wednesday, too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEverything was so good.  Food cooked outdoors just tastes better, doesn’t it?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what we have on the kitchen counter top for later:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t like being diabetic on nights like this.  Oh, well.  I can watch Daniel enjoy his s’mores.




Taco Salad, My Way!

June 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Posted in Hamburger, Main Dish, Mexican, My Own Creation, Salad, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tonight we had taco salad.  Pretty basic, pretty delicious.

Ingredients and directions:

One pound hamburger.  Brown hamburger in medium skillet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne packet of McCormick’s Taco Seasoning

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd water as directed on package.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALet simmer for about 15 minutes while you grab all of the other stuff for the taco salad:

taco chips

shredded lettuce

sliced tomato

sour cream

freshly shredded cheddar cheese

queso fresco


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlso, I wanted beans, so I grabbed a couple of cans of pinto beans and heated them up.  Daniel set the table:




Adios for now!


Sloppy Joes and Corn on the Cob

June 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Corn on the Cob, Hamburger, Lunch, Main Dish, Paula Deen, Sloppy Joes, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tonight’s main course is courtesy of RetiredDad9877 at AllRecipes.  His dish is called Tonya’s Terrific Sloppy Joes.  I changed a couple of things (like cutting the recipe in half and a couple of other things) and they turned out very well.

Ingredients and Instructions for Corn on the Cob:

4 ears of fresh corn on the cob

3 tbsp. salt

3 tbsp. sugar

water – lots of water

Fill a deep pot with the salt, sugar and water.  I used my big pasta pot.  Cover and bring to a rapid boil.  Pull the husks off the corn (this is the messy part):


and break each ear in half; set aside while you wait for the water to boil.  Now, start the Sloppy Joes!

Ingredients and Instructions for Sloppy Joes:

1 pound hamburger

2 tbsp. onion powder

1/4 cup chopped celery

9 ounces ketchup (yep, I measured it in my measuring cup)

1 tbsp. brown sugar

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. white vinegar

1/2 tsp. mustard powder

1 good squeeze of a quarter of a lemon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst thing:  using a big skillet, brown the hamburger, onion powder and celery on medium-high heat.  I used my Speed Slicer Plus for the first time to slice my celery.  It was a blast!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI couldn’t use the gripper since the celery was so tiny (compared to a potato, kwim?) but it was fun and the celery turned out so pretty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI never imagined that slicing celery could be so much fun.  I even called my hubby into the kitchen to see how cute the celery turned out.

Anyway – back to the cooking…once the hamburger mixture is browned, mix the ketchup with the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard powder and lemon juice.  Stir it together and pour it on top of the hamburger:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGently mix together, lower heat to LOW and cover for about 15 minutes.


Your water should be at a full, rolling boil.  Slowly add the corn and be careful not to splatter hot water on yourself.  Cover and keep burner on HIGH and let it boil for about 10 minutes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it’s close to 10 minutes, use your tongs and pull up an ear, pierce with a fork to see if it’s ready.  If so, yay!  Take the corn out and place in serving bowl with a ton of butter (yes, Paula Deen must love cooks like me!).

Back to the Sloppy Joes:  pour the hamburger mixture into serving bowl with a spoon, take to the table with hamburger buns.  Sit back and watch your family devour supper (or lunch).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also opened a can of pork and beans.  Thank you, Jay and Duke at Bush’s Baked Beans for the Country Style Baked Beans!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow, off to AllRecipes to write up a review on the Sloppy Joes.  I need to let RetiredDad9877 know that my son ate THREE of his Sloppy Joes and I ate one and hubby ate one HUGE open-faced Sloppy Joe (probably the equivalent to two Sloppy Joes?).

~ Patty


p.s., I went over to AllRecipes and reviewed the recipe AND submitted my edited version!

Steamed Cheeseburgers

April 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Hamburger, Lunch, Main Dish, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This yummy recipe comes from Framed Cooks.  These were great for supper, and they’d be super for lunch, too.


1 pound hamburger (I used 80% and not 1 1/2 pounds/hamburger as per the original recipe)

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. salt

1 tbsp. pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 soft hamburger buns

condiments:  ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, etc.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe recipe calls for you to use either a dutch oven or a large skillet; I used my largest skillet and a steamer.  Fill the skillet with water BUT not so much that it touches the steamer’s bottom.  Turn on HIGH and prepare meat.  Place hamburger, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper into bowl.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGently mix; for this I grabbed a handy-dandy quart sized baggie and mixed it up.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAForm the meat into four patties and let them sit and rest while the water in the skillet comes to a boil; grate the cheese while you wait.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce the water is boiling, gently place the patties in the steamer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACover and allow to cook on HIGH for about 8 minutes.  Here’s where I changed the recipe a bit:  at the end of the 8 minutes, remove the skillet from the stove and flip the burgers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop with cheese and cover for 3 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt and get nice and gooey.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYum!  While the cheese melts, put the hamburger buns (still in their bag) into the microwave and warm for about 15 seconds.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAServe with assorted condiments.  I made tater tots and pork and beans.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADrool!  They were good and I’m sure that I’ll be making them again.

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