Tasty Hamburgers

 With the 4th of July coming up, I though I would share

this Hamburger recipe for your Cook-Out.

One day my picky finicky eater – Kid #4 came home and told me about these really really good “Old-Fashioned” hamburgers that he had heard about.  Never mind that he had never tasted them, but he made the burgers that night.  I am not sure about how “old” the idea or the recipe is but it has become a favorite.  Seems everyone who eats our burgers goes home plum stuffed!   Shhhhh!  It’s a secret!  Just don’t tell anyone.  Brown sugar.  That’s it.  That’s the secret to the “Old-Fashioned” hamburger.  We have used both the light brown sugar and the dark.  My vote is for the light.  The dark brown sugar gives is a molassess-eee taste, more than I want in my beef.  Actually, the brown sugar brings out the other flavors.  It gives your burger a tasty boost.

ground beef, brown sugar, black pepper, salt & onion optional


When grilling, we like to use beef that’s approximately 85% lean.

I know the ‘good ol grill boys’ like to go with 70% for a good moist burger

…for me, that’s just too much waste and the grill wants to flare up.



1 pound beef, no more than 85% lean

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

3 tablespoons dried minced onion (can use 1 small onion, minced)

salt & pepper to taste

Hamburger buns


Form into 3 or 4 patties.  Of course, you will have nicer thick patties by making only 3.

Cook using your preferred method ~ to your desire ~ rare, medium-rare, etc.

Buns:  Lightly brush with melted butter and place on the grill or in a hot skillet and toast the cut side of the bun.

Build your burger, just the way you like it.  There are suggestions listed below.

 Our favorite is on the charcoal grill though there are times I still use my beloved cast iron skillet.



An Old-Fashioned Texas Burger

  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion ~ optional, we don’t normally use slices when onions are in the meat unless we are wanting to offend someone
  • Dill Pickle slices
  • Yellow Mustard

 Additional Topping Options

  • Cooked bacon
  • Pepperoni
  • Cooked Canadian Bacon
  • Prosciutto
  • Beef chili
  • Fried egg
  • Portobello
  • French Fries
  • Onion rings
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Peppers – spicy or mild, from banana to Habanero
  • Avocado

 Condiment Ideas

  • Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • BBQ Sauce
  • German mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Dijonnaise
  • Salsa
  • Hot Sauce
  • Corn Relish
  • Guacamole
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tapenade

You get the idea, use your imagination!  The sky really is the limit here. 

CatsupAre you serious?  <wink> You are talking to a Texan here!  Yes, you can  use catsup.  It’s something I almost forgot to mention because it’s just not a condiment we use on burgers or hot dogs.  Oh!  Oh!  Mayo goes here too!

If you have a sassy condiment not listed, I would love to hear about it!






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