Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Juicy Burgers


My husband and I got married pretty young compared to today's standards.  I was 18 and he was 20.  We had never lived away from our parents and moving "out" was a terrific experience.  We cooked all kinds of things (BBQ for breakfast???) and had a ball making up on our own "rules"  like eating in the living room ha-ha.  After 26 years of ups and downs, (more ups thankfully LOL), we are back to just the two of us... Our older daughter graduated from college, officially "moved out" and got a terrific job this summer.  Our younger daughter is a couple of hours away at college so for the most part, we're back to being "home alone".  


The juicy burgers supper I made last night was one of the first things I learned to cook.  My mother IS a terrific cook but she wasn't much into sharing her kitchen with a teenager, so I learned this "method" from a co-worker, who was just a couple of years older than me but who had already mastered some terrific cooking skills!  Basically you season cooked hamburger like you would baked beans.


Last night as my husband and I tried to decide (at 6PM) WHAT ON EARTH to have for supper, I remembered one of our favorite "newly wed" suppers, JUICY BURGERS!  It was cold outside last night and we sat in front of the television with TV trays just like our "good old days" (when we didn't own a table  LOL).


Here's how I make Juicy Burgers AT HOME MY WAY:


Juicy Burgers
  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce (not spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I don't pack mine)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt/Pepper as you like


Brown the ground beef in a skillet.  Drain.  Add remaining ingredients and stir, simmer about 15-20 minutes until thick and bubbly.  Serve on buns, sandwich bread, or whatever you like.  Toast the buns for an extra treat.

*I scoop leftovers on flour tortillas, individually wrap, and place in the freezer in a gallon ziploc bag for terrific lunches on the go.

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