How to Make Recipes for Hamburger 

I learned how to make recipes for hamburger when I started out as a homemaker. It was about the only protein in our diet besides beans. It was the cheapest way to go; it was not ground beef, it was hamburger.

There was not a food magazine or recipe book on the newsstands that did not include hamburger recipes. There were books for sale that were only how to cook hamburger. Some had recipes for hamburger 100 ways and some might have 200 ways. It was simply all cheap hamburger to stretch the dollar. These times are what inspired my book How to Survive Inflation with the Rising Cost of Food.

When I learned how to make recipes for hamburger, it was the ground beef using the tougher and less desirable beef when the sides are carved into steaks and roasts. It could also be meat with lots of ground fat and gristle. In many recipes it is still delicious and is very cheap to make casseroles, soups, stews and many other hamburger recipes. 

Today when we mention how to cook recipes for hamburger, everyone thinks we are referring only to the sandwich. This sandwich has become the most popular and well known food throughout the world because of all the fast food restaurants. We have become so prosperous that many people do not know that there are thousands of other recipes for hamburger; nor do many want to know. I know of many people who limit their beef eating only to top quality steaks, not realizing they are missing a lot of good eating. Although this ground meat is cheap, combined with other ingredients like pasta it can make some of the most deliciously flavored dishes.


How to Make Recipes for HamburgerHow to Make Recipes for Hamburger

Recipes for hamburger always include this tasty meal!

  • ¼ Cup butter
  • ½ Cup chopped onions
  • ½ Cup chopped green or red bell pepper
  • 1 ½ Pound hamburger
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Package elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
  • 1 Can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 Can condensed tomato sauce, undiluted
  • 1 Medium chopped tomato
  • ½ Cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Sautee onion and green pepper in butter in a large skillet.

Add the beef, cook and stir over medium heat until brown; add salt, pepper, oregano and Worcestershire sauce.

Meanwhile cook the macaroni as package directs, drain and turn into an oven casserole dish.

Add the beef mixture, mushrooms, tomato soup and chopped tomato; mix to blend.

Bake covered for 40 minutes.

Remove cover and sprinkle with the cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until nicely browned.

Italian Hamburger Casserole RecipeItalian Hamburger Casserole Recipe


Meat balls

  • 1 ¾ Pound hamburger
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 4 Teaspoons steak sauce
  • 1/3 Cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 Egg 2 Tablespoons butter


  • ½ Cup chopped onion
  • 1 Can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ Teaspoon meat extract paste (I have never used this product; if I need more flavor I add a little soup base or add bouillon cubes.
  • 1 Teaspoon catsup
  • 1 Can condensed beef bouillon, undiluted
  • 1 Cup dairy sour cream

Combine and mix the hamburger, salt, pepper, dill, steak sauce, bread crumbs and egg.
Shape mixture into 18 balls; brown well all over in the hot butter in a skillet.
Reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes; remove the balls from the skillet.
Make the sauce.

In the pan drippings sauté the onion and mushrooms 3 minutes; remove from heat.

Stir in the flour, meat extract and catsup.

Gradually stir in the bouillon; bring to a boil stirring.

Add the meat balls in the mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in the sour cream, cooking and stirring over low heat until sauce is hot.

Serve over noodles.


Salisbury Steak Recipe served with NoodlesSalisbury Steak Recipe served with Noodles
  • 1 ½ Pounds hamburger
  • ¾ Cup quick cooking oats
  • ¼ Cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Beaten egg
  • ½ Cup tomato juice

Combine and blend all ingredients.

Divide mixture into 6 equal portions; shape into oval patties 1 ½ inch thick.

Place patties on broiler pan 4 inched from the heat and broil 7 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other side.

Place patties in a lightly oiled skillet.

Mix 1 can mushroom soup with ½ can water; whisk to blend.

Pour mushroom soup over the patties and heat on medium just to a boil. (Add any drippings from the broiler pan into the skillet for added flavor)

Serve with noodles or potatoes.

Salisbury Steak RecipeSalisbury Steak Recipe


  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • ½ Chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 Jar spicy salsa (16 ounces)
  • 2 Small cans drained mushrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ¼ Teaspoon oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons taco seasoning
  • ¼ Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Package mozzarella cheese

Sauté beef, green pepper and onion in melted butter; drain.

Add remaining ingredients except cheese; pour mixture into 9 X 13 inch casserole dish.

Top mixture with mozzarella cheese; bake at 400F degrees for 10 minutes.

Combine and mix following cornbread topping, pour over top and bake.

Cornbread topping

  • 1 Cup cornmeal
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda (add to milk)
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup cream corn
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup cooking oil
  • ½ Cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 3 Minced hot peppers OPTIONAL

Add baking soda to milk; combine all ingredients with milk and blend thoroughly.

Pour batter over hot beef mixture; return to oven and bake for 35 minutes longer or until cornbread is done.


Meat balls

  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • ½ Pound hot sausage
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons minced onion
  • ½ Teaspoon horseradish
  • 5 Drops Tabasco sauce
  • 2 Beaten eggs
  • ¾ Teaspoons salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ Cup fine bread crumbs

Combine and blend all ingredients; shape into walnut size balls.

Cook and pour off drippings.

NOTE: You can bake these in the oven or cook on the grill; I like to deep fry them because they retain their round shape better.

Meat Ball Sauce

  • ¾ Cup ketchup
  • ½ Cup water
  • ¼ Cup vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon mustard
  • ¼ Teaspoon pepper
  • 4 Drops Tabasco sauce

Mix all ingredients together; pour over cooked meat balls.

Cover and simmer 10 minutes; pour into chafing dish and serve with toothpicks.


One of the favorite breakfast recipes for hamburger.

  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup rice
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 1 Teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 Cabbage leaves
  • 2 Cups tomato juice

Mix together beef, eggs, rice, green pepper, onion, celery salt, salt and pepper.

Form into 6 patties; wrap each patty in a cabbage leaf.

Place in pan, cover with tomato juice and bake for 1 hour at 350F degrees.