Sunday, February 4, 2007

Burger for a Bunch

Hamburger filling (below)
1/2 cup mashed potato flakes, divided
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 cups flour
1Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare hamburger filling as directed below; set aside.

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine 1/4 cup of the potato flakes with melted butter; set aside.

In large mixing bowl combine remaining 1/4 cup potato flakes, flour, sugar, cream of tartar and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and mayonnaise; blend until a soft dough forms. Divide in half; shape into balls. Roll out one ball on floured surface to 9" circle. Place on greased cookie sheet. Spread filling to within 1/2" of edge and sprinkle with cheese. Roll out remaining dough and place on filling; seal edges with a fork. Brush with milk and sprinkle with reserved potato flakes.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 until golden brown.

Hamburger Filling

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup mashed potato flakes
1 egg
3/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup hamburger relish
1 Tbsp. salad mustard

Saute ground beef, onion, salt and pepper until browned. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend well.

May be made ahead of time. Cover and place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Bake 375 for 20 -25 minutes.


Anonymous said...

I love the Burger for a Bunch recipe. I've been making it for more years than I can remember (I'm well over 70). I first found it in a little Pillsbury Bake-off booklet that I picked up at the check-out counter at a Raley's grocery store in Sacramento. It was one of the big money winners that year. It's always a favorite for funerals and potlucks and everyone always wants the recipe. And it has always been a family favorite. I like to double the meat filling and once and a half the crust. Do you know where you first got the recipe? It would be fun to learn how it has got around.

Cheryl said...

It's so great to hear someone else who knows of the recipe! My mom grew up with her mom making it, so it's been in the family for ages. Next time I write my grandmother, I'll ask her where she first came across the recipe. Now I'm curious, too!

I really do love this recipe. The crust tastes so good, and I love the buttery potato flakes on top. There's nothing else like it!

Thanks for the comment!

Anonymous said...

My Mom made it years ago,45 to 50 years ago, I remember eating this as a very young girl, I LOVED IT !
She only made it once a year, I guess it cost to much money to make.I think she found the recipe on a box of instant potatoes...
I've been looking for this recipe for a long time, I'm going to make it for my family, Better late than never !