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German Hamburger


1 pounds ground beef
pound ground pork
cup soft bread crumbs (1 slice bread)
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon snipped parsley
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
teaspoon salt
teaspoon dried basil, crushed
teaspoon pepper
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter


Serves: 9


In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork and bread crumbs. Set the meat mixture aside.

In a medium skillet, cook onion in the 2 tablespoons butter until tender, but not brown. Add to meat mixture, along with parsley. In a food processor bowl or food grinder, process or grind mixture. (If you have a small food processor bowl, process half at a time.) Return to mixing bowl. Add egg, lemon peel, salt, basil and pepper; mix well.

Shape meat mixture into nine ½-inch-thick patties. Coat the patties with the flour.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Cook 3 or 4 patties, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until done (160 degree F); turn once. Repeat with remaining butter and patties. 

Make-Ahead Tip: You can wrap and freeze uncooked, shaped patties for several months. Thaw in your refrigerator before cooking.

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