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Hey my mom used to make that

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. 


Hey my mom used to make that

Jiffy Hamburgers
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.



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Dilly Burgers
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 egg
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. 

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Images via Millie MottsToday Show

Impossible Cheeseburger Pie

This is called Impossible Cheeseburger Pie because the pie does the impossible by making its own crust.

Nice alternative for folks who don't own a grill.



Impossible Cheeseburger Pie
Vintage recipe from 1981 Bisquick advertising

1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups of milk
3/4 cup Bisquick baking mix
3 eggs
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 cup shredded Cheddar or process American cheese

Heat oven to 400K. Grease pie plate, 10 x 1 1/2 inches. Brown beef and onion; drain. Stir in salt and pepper. Spread in plate. Beat milk, baking mix and eggs until smooth. 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake 25 minutes. Top with tomatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 5 to 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

High Altitude: Increase first bake time to 30 minutes.


This is my dad, my brothers and me in our backyard pool in 1968.

(If you're doing math, trying to figure out how old I am, we can no longer be friends.)


Recipe via livejournal

Retro Barbecue Sauce

Old French's bbq recipe

Barbecue Sauce from French's

3 tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, minced or 2 tbsp. French's Onion Flakes
1 small green pepper, minced or 2 tbsp. French's Pepper Flakes
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. French's Prepared Mustard
1 tbsp. French's Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup ketchup

Combine ingredients; simmer 15 minutes. Yields 8 servings.

Serve with broiled frankfurters or hamburgers.

Click here for another barbecue recipe from an old ad.

Retro Dinner: Garden Patty-Go-Round

Will making this recipe bring an early Spring? Can't hurt to try.

Vintage recipe

Garden Patty-Go-Round
1953 recipe

2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup rice
1 tsp. salt
2 slices bacon, cut in bits
2 tbsp. chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup minced parsley
1 16-oz. can peas

To the boiling water, add the rice and salt. Cover tightly, turn heat low and let steam 25 - 30 minutes. Fry bacon in large skillet till crisp. Push to one side; add onions and cook until just limp. Stir in cooked rice, cook over low heat until rice is slightly brown (20 - 30 minutes). Meanwhile, season beef with salt, pepper; form into six 3" patties. Cut in half, broil or pan fry. Dip rounded edges in ketchup, then parsley. Place immediately on hot serving dish on which rice mixture and hot, seasoned peas have been arranged as shown. Serves 6.


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Retro Dinner: Hamburger Roll-Ups

Here's a nifty way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

Retro burger recipe

Miracle Meat Rolls

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/3 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/3 cup Kraft grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 tbsp. green onion slices
salt and pepper

Combine meat, bread crumbs, egg and salt; mix well. Pat meat mixture into 14 x 8-inch rectangle on foil or waxed paper. Combine potatoes, eggs, salad dressing, cheese, celery and onion; mix lightly. Season to taste. Spread potato mixture over meat. Roll up jelly roll fashion, beginning at narrow end. Chill several hours or overnight. Slice meat roll into 6 servings. Bake on rack of broiler pan at 350˚, 25 to 30 minutes.



1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. green onion slices

Combine salad dressing, milk and green onion slices in saucepan; mix well. Heat over low heat. Serve over meat rolls. Makes 1 2/3 cups or 6 servings.

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Retro Recipes from Rice Krispies

Here are four 1950s recipes using Rice Krispies cereal.

And you thought Rice Krispies Treats were the only thing you could make with Rice Krispies.


Krispy Chicken

One 1 1/2-3-lb. frying chicken, cut up
3-4 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies 
1/2-2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tps. pepper

Wash chicken pieces and dry thoroughly. Crush Rice Krispies into medium fine crumbs.Combine melted butter with salt and pepper.Dip chicken pieces in seasoned butter, then roll in Rice Krispies crumbs until well-coated. Place skin side up in shallow baking pan lined with foil; do not crowd pieces. Bake in moderate oven (350°) about one hour or until tender. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while cooking. Makes 4-5 servings.


Rice Krispies Crunchies

1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies 

Blend butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Sift together flour, soda and salt; stir into first mixture together with Rice Krispies. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake in moderate oven (375°) about 8 minutes. Makes 40 cookies about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.


Barbecued Hamburger Crispies

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 cup Kellogg's Rice Krispies 
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine ground beef, egg, 3/4 cup Rice Krispies, salt, pepper and onion; mix well. Mix together sugar, ketchup, nutmeg and mustard. Add half of this sauce to the ground beef mixture; mix well. Shape meat mixture into 6 balls and place in 3-inch muffin pans. Top meat balls with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Rice Krispies. Bake in moderately hot oven (400°) about 30 min. Makes 6 servings.


Skillet Cookies

2 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 cup finely cut dates
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies 
1/2 cup chopped nuts
confectioners’ sugar

Melt butter in skillet. Add dates, sugar and eggs. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture forms a ball (5 to 8 min.). Stir in Rice Krispies and nuts, mix well. Sprinkle a piece of waxed paper lightly with confectioners’ sugar. Shape mixture into 2 rolls about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill. To serve, cut into thin slices about 1/4-inch thick. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

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These retro hamburgers don't crumble

When I was a kid, Carnation ran TV commercials where they suggested one add evaporated milk to meat loaf. This  hamburger recipe promotes the same principle.
Here's the retro recipe for Carnation Bar-B-Burgers.

1/3 cup (small can) undiluted Carnation Evaporated Milk
1 egg
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup fine cracker crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely shopped green pepper

Blend all ingredients until well mixed. Form into 6 patties and broil 5 - 7 minutes on each side (or to your family's taste).

Click here for a retro recipe for veggie burgers. 

Retro veggie burgers

"Peaburgers" is such a terrible name. Think of these as falafel-like patties.


Here's the retro recipe for Peaburgers as seen in the above Batchelors ad.

1 can Batchelors peas
2 teacups brimful stale breadcrumbs
2 level teaspoons salt
1 level teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon ketchup or piquant sauce
1 level teaspoon mustard
3 tablespoons thick brown gravy
Pinch herbs
1 egg (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped onions

 Chop and fry onions in a little fat and water until soft. Mash peas and mix all ingredients together including onions. With floured hands form into eight shapes. Fry in shallow fat for 10 minutes. Serve with potatoes and gravy.

Serves 4.

 For a burger recipe made with ground beef, click here.

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A condiment to add to your hamburgers before grilling

This 1999 ad for Kikkoman soy sauce suggests that, instead of using condiments on your burger, you add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to one pound of ground beef before cooking as usual.

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The add also suggests that, for your fries, you add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce to 1/3 cup of ketchup.

Click here to find another retro recipe for hamburgers.

Retro hamburger recipe from Quaker Oats

This recipe comes from a 1959 issue of Co-ed magazine, which billed itself as the magazine "for girls and homemakers of tomorrow."

So it's not surprising that the ad the recipe comes from claims it's "for girls who know what boys like to eat."

What is surprising is that Quaker Oats claims adding uncooked oatmeal will make hamburgers "the juiciest."

Here's the 1959 ad with the recipe for the "burgers that make men think you're great":

Quaker Oats recipe 1959


Click here to see a 1967 recipe, from Hunt's, for Stuffed Burger Cups.