Last night, White Castle copycat burgers were the unplanned meal. (Honey glazed carrots are in the crockpot, too.)
The groceries that remain are limited. I’m not sure what made me think about fast food (maybe because we haven’t had any in a long time), but I wanted to make something different and was fortunate to find a local farmer (butcher) to purchase hamburger and ham.
– 1 lb. of hamburger
– 2 eggs
– Bread crumbs (I just used a slice of bread.)
– Onion (I had 1/4 of a bag of frozen onions.)
– Slices of cheese (American – or your choice – I had Colby.)
– Buns (There was only bread left in the house. I removed the crust.)
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Layer the pan with finely chopped onion. (I had a small amount of frozen onions that were already finely chopped and ready to go. I added a few finely chopped pieces of garlic, too.)
4. In a mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs (I used an end slice of bread – ripped into small pieces), 2 eggs and the pound of hamburger.
5. Layer the hamburger mixture on top of the onions. I used my hands to pat it and spread it out as much as possible, but I didn’t make quite enough to fill the pan.
6. Use a straw to poke holes for baking.
7. Bake for 20 minutes.
8. After 20 minutes, I would eliminate some of the grease and then, add the sliced cheese and place back in oven for 2 minutes.
These were really good. The kids didn’t say anything about the onions. (Preston was the only one who wasn’t interested, and he normally loves everything.)
These aren’t a perfect White Castle hamburger, but they were close. Ryan doesn’t always say a lot about meals, but he kept saying they were really good.
UPDATES! Made these again!
I had to try these again.
I did a few things differently this time (not drastically different).
First, I had fresh onions. They’re supposed to be finely chopped, but this did the trick.
Next, I had to make the hamburger that we had left, so they were much thicker this time. I probably used closer to 2 pounds of hamburger instead of one.
Also, be sure to poke those holes. I was able to drain grease very easily before placing the cheese. It may not be a bad idea to dab some of the grease off the top as well. I did add some extra onions and bread crumbs to the hamburger mixture this time.
Again, eliminate some of that grease before placing the cheese. This was a bit thicker, so I left it in the oven for 25 minutes (400 F).
Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of a pandemic, so we had some thick colby cheese and some thin. Then, we only had bread left if someone wanted it on a bun.
They were delicious. Even Preston had one this time.
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