Thursday, April 23, 2009


Spring is here (even here in Alaska) and thoughts turn to outdoor barbeque's and camping. I’m always on the lookout for easy recipes that will “hold up” well in the cooler and Mushroom Stuffed Hamburgers is a good one. You can make the patties ahead of time and freeze them solid (which will help insure food safety while you travel.) Just throw these frozen patties on the grill and pair them with homemade hamburger buns (recipe follows) and you have a delicious cookout!
Can you tell that someone in my house loves mayo? LOL
(makes 4 hamburgers)
1 pound of lean ground beef
1 egg
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
¼ cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces of fresh mushrooms (sautéed)
favorite cheese

Each of these hamburgers is made out of two thin patties with mushrooms and cheese sandwiched in between. So mix everything (except the mushrooms & cheese) and make 8 thin patties. Top four of the patties with sautéed mushrooms and your favorite cheese and then a 2nd thin patty, pressing to seal the edges well. Repeat for the other three hamburgers.

If you are going to freeze these, wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and lay them flat on a cookie sheet to freeze. When they are frozen, you can stack them in a freezer Ziploc bag. Whether you are taking these on a camping trip or just leaving them in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal, they taste great.


This recipe will make at least 2 dozen hamburger buns. Once baked, they freeze extremely well. I find myself using them for everything from breakfast sandwiches to peanut butter sandwiches.
5 cups of all purpose flour
2 packets of dry active yeast (I use 2 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt
2 ½ cups very warm water

In an electric stand mixer, place 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, oil and salt (stir to combine dry ingredients) Add 2 ½ cups of very warm water (see note). Stir quickly while you add the water. Let this mixture sit for about 10 minutes.

Add the rest of the flour, about ½ cup at a time, scraping the sides of your bowl and dough hook each time. Every time you stop your mixer, turn all of the dough mass over. Let your machine knead this dough until it CLEANLY comes away from the side of your mixer. If you have added all 5 cups of flour and it has not come cleanly away from your bowl, you need to add just a little more flour.

Once the dough comes cleanly away from the sides of your bowl, let the machine knead it for about five more minutes. Remove the dough and grease the bowl. Return the bread to the greased bowl and grease the top of the dough. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rise for an hour (it will more than double in volume).

Punch the air out of your dough and let it rest (covered) for 15-20 minutes. This step is important because your dough will “behave” much better while you form it, if you follow this step. Pinch off pieces of dough about the size of a tangerine. Make each ball as round as you can. Roll each ball into a 5” circle. Resist the temptation to add more dough to make a thicker bun. At this stage, your buns need to be a lot thinner than you think. (about ½” thick). If you add more dough, you are going to end up with a burger bun the size of your face!

Place the formed buns on a greased baking sheet and spritz the top of the dough with just a little cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake at 400° for 15-16 minutes.

If you are going to freeze these buns, let them cool completely first and freeze as soon as possible. About 4 to 5 minutes in a 350° oven will heat a frozen burger bun and make it taste like it was just baked.

This recipe also makes excellent sandwich bread


girlichef said...

Awesome burgers and the bread...wish I could smell it..and eat it! Yummmmy!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

And you make the bread???????
Okay, I totally bow to your chefiness and creativity Coleen.
By the way, I posted a really tasty recipe today and guess what??? We're going to have our first grandchild!!! I know you have 10 (whew) any great advise?
We're so excited!!!!!!!

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Debbie said...

The hamburgers and buns look wonderful. Not much can beat a good burger with a homemade bun. My husband has also discovered your blog and loves your recipes. He wants me to make the cherry pudding cake...all your recipes are great!

Katherine Aucoin said...

How does it get any better than homemade burgers on homemade buns! And stuffed patties to bott with awesome.

I made your cheesy foccacia last night. ItT was so easy and so full of all of the flavors we love. We devoured it. I will be making it on a regular basis! I am giving these buns a try too!

Netts Nook said...

Wow I am impressed that you even try to make your own buns. MMGood

Heidi said...

Oh yummy. What a nice surprise in the middle of the burger.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Hamburgers are my most favorite food and you've stuffed them with sauteed mushrooms and cheese. It doesn't get any better than this. :) I am so making these for our next BBQ. The homemade buns look wonderful and I can almost smell them from here.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Oh Goodnes that burger looks to die for. I love mushrooms, and homemade buns I am definitly on my way over for a burger!!!!! How cool you can also make other bread, such a versatile recipe.

teresa said...

Nothing is better then a juicy burger on a warm day, this looks marvelous, I love all the cheese!

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, I am salivating! I haven't had lunch yet and this has just revved up my appetite. I want a burger NOW!!!!

Wandering Coyote said...

Awesome burgers! The buns look wonderful, too. I've made my own in the past as well, but not recently (don't eat a ton of burgers). Your bread looks amazing as well.

Sara said...

These look like some amazing burgers! Homemade buns really do make a difference :)

Carrie said...

I think this post of yours generated the most drool to date... I LOVE mushrooms and your homemade buns and burgers look so good. I love mayo too, and lettuce, and tomatoes! So, Alaska to Kansas... you think it would still be good if you mailed me a burger?! No? Ok, I may have to run by the grocery store on the way home tonight to make my own!

Van Santos said...

First off, you make so many amazing things. Of all the item's I've printed/book marked, it seems the majority come for you Coleen!

The buns/bread is tasty looking. Have you tried using butter for the "glaze" instead of the spray?

Linda said...

My husband always made burgers like this... hmmmm... brings back memories..

I love the smell of fresh bread baking...

Cheryl said...

OH my gosh that looks tasty as heck, I love the home made buns too, I have never been that brave!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I cannot wait until I have the summer off so that I have more time to bake. Your buns rock (no pun intended). I have been dying to make my own hamburger buns! The burgers look awesome, too.

I so look forward, each day,to see what wonderful creation you are putting on your table.


Meg said...

Delicious burgers!

Kristen said...

I have never seen anything like these before...they look delicious.
And the bread too! I'm positively jealous of all that you can bake that looks so well done!

Lara said...

I am so impressed that you make the buns from scratch. I like making bread, but I've never even tried hamburger buns. those burgers look so tasty!

Donna-FFW said...

Sure its not enough you make such a delicious burger, you have to go ahead and make your own buns too.Looks awesome.

Monica H said...

Your buns are!

We sometimes make burgers like this and stuff them with cheese and bacon- mmm!

Elyse said...

Mm, these hamburgers look delicious, Coleen! I love a good burger, and mushrooms are the best!! Great recipe.


Dang, Lovin that.... Your bread looks perfect......I am home and alive...... Yeah Spring in the AK......

Jamie said...

LOL! I can see why you loved my Surprise Burgers! These look so tasty AND you made your own buns! Fab!

Sophie said...

From beginning to end, this post is delicious. I am loving the stuffed patties!