Hungarian Hamburgers were one of my Dad’s favorite dishes. I’ve renamed them Grandpa Burgers in honor of him. I’m not sure if Mom developed this recipe just for him or if it was stolen on from a friend and Dad just enjoyed it to the max. In the past we’ve used this as a center of the plate item or by makin’ a bit smaller patties used it for a sandwich type meal. The recipe is a simple one but delightful if you enjoy the robust flavor of a Hungarian Dish.
2 pounds of ground meat ( I have used beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or a combination of)
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Sweet Hungarian Paprika
2+ Tablespoons Garlic Powder
1 Medium Onion fine diced
2 Tablespoon Dry Parsley
4 Whipped Eggs
6 slices Pumpernickel Bread soaked in Milk (discard excess milk)
Take your rings off, wash your hands, roll up your sleeves, Put everything in a bowl and mix with your hands. Enjoy the feel of the fresh meat and the aroma of the spices. Now form into patties….6 fer center of the plate and 8-10 fer sandwiches. I like these fried in just a bit of olive oil but they are great broiled or baked however you feel comfy cookin’ ’em. These burgers will reheat well in the microwave. The cooked burgers will hold for a week or so in the refrigerator, freeze fer about 6 months.
If you decide on Center of the Plate for your presentation. I like fresh fried home fried potatoes, or perhaps Baked Potatoes, steamed ear or two of sweet corn with plenty of real butter, and a huge ice cold tossed green salad dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Finish this feast with a German Chocolate Cake or perhaps a Chocolate covered cherry pie (see my article “How to Bake a Chocolate Covered Cherry Pie”) and some good rich Columbian coffee.
If you decide on the sandwich presentation. Think of picnic type food, pickles, cold sauerkraut, Hot German Potato Salad, Baked Beans made with molasses and brown sugar, a sweet and sour coleslaw, perhaps a few deviled eggs, spicy brown mustard and an ice cold watermelon all enhanced with some fresh squeezed ice cold lemonade.
In closin’ let me remind you that this is now your recipe. If you should decide to change it that’s OK. Our family and many of our customers at our restaurant have enjoyed this meal for generations. I hope that you too will enjoy the love it represents.