March 23, 2011

Smoky Texan 'Ham'-burgers

Dadgum Gud Burgers
Don't mind me, it's just the way I tauk!

Hasn't the weather just been 'mazing? At least in my part of the world it is pretty as you please and everyone I see grins like a big ol' possum. Sure does help everyone's disposition too. Still, I have something to say, something to po' mouth about as we say down here.

Continuing with a feeling I shared earlier of trying to save money at the check-out lane, I have forced myself to just look at some of my favorite packages of beef when passing by the meat counters. Sure, I pick one up every now and then, press on a nice tenderloin roast, run my finger across the marbling of thick rib-eye steaks or just hold a couple of good rumps in both hands as though I'm really deciding which one to choose, only putting them down and walk away as if I changed my mind...  But I'm not trying to fool anyone ya know, just waiting patiently like most everyone else to get to the ground beef area.

And that's okay, as long as the weather is raht purty, might as well do what I like best and that's fire up the grill. This is a recipe I have been toying with, in my head at least, all winter waiting on the weather to git right. A real hamburger as in one with real ham. You see, my thinking is to develop a deeper, smoky flavor using smoked ham and bacon. Add to that a sweet Texan style taste to round out the flavor and punch it with a good wallop of onion for depth. Then, grill it to perfection and top it with more bacon and everything else the buns will hold.  And in case you're wondering, it tasted right darn good. In fact, I don't think I will change a thing and for those of you that know me, that's saying something. Enjoy!

Smoky Texan 'Ham'-burgers
my tasty hamburger recipe for 2011

1/2 cup minced cured ham
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced green bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced celery
4 slices cooked smoked bacon, minced
1 -1 ounce package onion soup mix
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 cup Texas Style BBQ Sauce
2 1/2 pounds ground chuck beef

Combine evertyhing in a large bowl except the ground beef. Mix well and let set 10 minutes.

Break up the beef in small pieces adding to the mixture and with a large spoon, mix to incorporate.

Form into 6 patties (or 8 smaller ones) a little more than an inch thick. Make an indention in the center of each patty and refrigerate for about an hour to set.

Grill over medium high heat turning once. Be careful as these are soft, juicy burgers. Remove to a clean pan, cover with foil and place in oven to keep warm until ready to plate.


  1. WOW THATS CHUCK FULL OF FLAVORS!Looks amazing my family would love them for sure...

  2. Ahh....I just wrote out my commnent and it disappeared! grrr. OK, you had ME grinning like a possum when I read that...too funny. I have a bottle of liquid smoke at home, just waiting for an assignment.
    Thank you so uch for the kind comments you left are much appreciated!

  3. Fabulous hamburgers....ham and bacon mixed in sounds like a wonderful idea. Grilling them makes them perfect.

  4. I envy you the grillin' weather. It snowed this week here in AZ and two more storms are on their way. I greatly fear the fruit trees that were completely bloomed are in trouble. I would love to have enough warm weather to make those lovely burgers. I have never thought of grilling ham---burgers.

  5. These burgers look "out of this world" fabulous and I will just have to try them. I already have all of the ingredients and I've been grilling every night, so it's a no brainer for tomorrow night.! And those short ribs, on your previous post look finger lickin' good, too! Cheers and thanks for the great recipes, cher!

  6. Now that's a burger...I think you and Adam would have a blast at a meat counter :)

  7. Oh my I did the grill thing yesterday! Nothing like a big juicy grilled burger. Hubby needs to visit next time you make these, he would love em!

  8. Mmmm....your burger looks better than those I have eaten here. I wish I can have one now to sink my teeth into. If I am to make I would make one as big as my face and eat my heart's out :D Maybe I should call it Mary's O-La-La Burger...haha

  9. Oh Drick our weather has been , well Texas style heat!! lol, but these HAM-burgers would suit me just fine with the final four in full swing!!


  10. Haha I love that you said "dadgum gud" ...that made me giggle. These look awesome, so many great things going on in the ingredients!

  11. Oh it hasn't been that pretty here, but it isn't making my summer time grilling craving subside at all. I've been itiching for burgers and other deliciousness for weeks and am trying to fight off this last bit of unexpected snow until we can get out there and fire it all up.
    I love any use of pig in burgers. I think it really takes them to the next level. These sound mouth watering.

  12. Oh goodness, that burger looks so juicy and delicious! Oh, and the weather is not that nice up here... it's sorta blah!!