Let's start the week with some hamburger recipes. Because, while Labor Day has passed, there'll still be lots of chances to fire up the grill (or the oven, if you prefer) this month.
Recipe from old A.1. Steak Sauce advertising
1 1/2 lbs. fresh ground beef
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. A.1. Steak Sauce
6 strips of bacon
Add A.1. Steak Sauce and salt to ground beef. Work in well. (I use my hands — after washing them thoroughly, of course.) Shape into six fat patties. Wrap each patty with a bacon strip and secure with toothpick. Broil until bacon is crisp and meat is done to your taste.
Recipe from old Heinz soup advertising
Heat oven to 375˚ (medium heat). Make 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef into 12 thin patties; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place one onion slice (1/4" thick) on each of six patties; evenly divide 2/3 cup of Heinz Dill Hamburger Slices pickles over onion slices. Top each patty with one of the remaining patties, pressing edges together to seal. Place in baking dish (11 3/4" x 7" x 1 1/2"). Combine 1 can Heinz Condensed Tomato Soup, undiluted, with 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce; spoon over the meat. Bake 40 - 45 minutes.
Old recipe from 1957 Hunt's advertising
These burgers are baked in the bun.
6 hamburger buns
1 lb. ground beef
2 tbsp. finely chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cans Hunt's tomato sauce
Hollow out the centers of the buns, leaving bottom and 1/2-inch rim. (You may use sliced or unsliced buns.) Crumble up the bread you have removed and mix well with meat, onion, salt, pepper and 1 1/2 cans of the tomato sauce. Fill buns. Bake on cookie sheet in moderately hot oven, 350˚F, for 20 minutes. Spoon remaining sauce over buns. Bake about 5 minutes more until sauce is hot.
Recipe from old Carnation advertising
2/3 cup (small can) Carnation Evaporated Milk
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup fine cracker crumbs (my vote is for Ritz crackers)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
24 tomato slices or small tomatoes (small tomatoes will be prettier and less messy)
12 onion slices or small onions (ditto)
skewers (if you're using the bamboo kind, remember to soak them in water for a half hour or so before using)
Blend the evaporated milk, egg, beef, cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, dry mustard, chopped onion and chopped green pepper together until well mixed (use your hands for best results). Make 24 small balls from the meat mixture. On individual skewers, thread a tomato, hamburger ball, onion slice, repeating until each skewer is filled. Broil 5 minutes on each side.
I'm guessing these two are newlyweds and she's layering a turtleneck under her summer shirt because he gave her a big honkin' hickie.
Recipes via Devon Parks, Shelf Life Taste Test, Lileks
Images via Millie Motts, Today Show