21 June 2011

Pickle Hamburgers

For Father's Day, I made a dish which forces my father and husband to eat every time I cook it.  Not because of their size, but because they are so delicious that the two men in my life can't eat just one.  I have to point out that these two are not over eaters.

The reason I make the burgers the way I do is, so that as a Mama, I can sneak more vegetables into my 5 year old.  I think most moms will agree that they can relate to that struggle.  My husband is not a big vegetable eater, so I sneak it into his diet this way as well.

I am also not the person who cooks them on the grill.  That is my husband's responsibility.  Meat on fire, man's job.  He uses hardwood, no starter fluid, only natural woods.


2-3 lbs. ground Beef (can also blend with ground lamb, veal, or pork, if you like)
4-6 Polish Pickles, depending on their size (not the kind with yellow food dye, real pickles), finely chopped
1/2 Sweet Onion, finely chopped, can be caramelized in oil beforehand if you like *
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon, Pepper
1 clove Garlic, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon salt or 1/4 stalk celery, finely chopped *

Either:  1-2 teaspoons chopped Dill or
1-2 teaspoons chopped Dill and 1 teaspoon Paprika or
1 teaspoon Paprika and 1 tablespoon Curly Parsley

Combine all, shape into patties, and grill.

Serve on bun with cheese and mustard, or on plate with horseradish sauce if you like.


*My Mama Tips of the Day:

If you are trying to lose weight or keep extra weight off, a tip my mother would always do is if a recipe calls for salt and finely chopped celery can be used instead, she would use the celery.  Celery naturally has salt in it and requires more calories burned to digest it than the amount of calories you take in by eating celery in the first place. 

If you suffer from digestion issues, raw onion or garlic can be a culprit.  Caramelizing the onion or garlic ahead of time before using in a recipe can help for some people.

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Luisa Rodríguez said...

looks absolutely delicious! :P

CrystalJulianna said...

Yummy I have to try this out. Thank You

Rima said...

Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it. I had such a hankering for a European style burger with no bun after reading your last post, that I'm making them for dinner tonight (but not Polish style - I read your post too late!)

The Culinary Lens said...

I like this recipe. But I am really enjoying your stories of Poland. I am originally from Ireland and understand what it is like to be in a new homeland.

Anonymous said...

lol... I know the struggle of trying to seak vegetables into our husbands and kids. As well as you I can tell I do a pretty good job in that (so far). Your burger looks very delicious and I think I'm gonna try it. We've got a gas grill and I don't care much about food from this grill. I'm used to my dad's wood grill that he builed himself back in Poland. The best food on Earth comes from that grill! Seriously!
Thanks for the recipe!
have a great day!

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Your pickle hamburger recipe looks delish!
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Eating Deliciously said...

Love pickle and hamburgers. Can't wait to give this recipe a try! I found you via the blog hop at basilmomma.