Hamburgers with Mushroom Sauce

Sometimes I just like to make a quick dinner on weeknights. I find that I frequently fall back on meals that I enjoyed as a child. This is probably because I know the recipe from memory and am confident that it will be tasty. One that I’ve come to love is hamburgers with mushroom sauce (I would try to refuse this when I was younger, claiming I didn’t like mushrooms).

The sauce is very versatile. We also enjoyed it as a topping for pork chops or pasta.

Hamburgers with Mushroom Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef – approximate cost $5.00
  • ½ cup bread crumbs – approximate cost $1.00
  • 1 large egg – approximate cost $0.30
  • ¼ tsp salt – approximate cost $0.05
  • ½ tsp pepper – approximate cost $0.10
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup – approximate cost $1.50
  • ¼ cup of milk – approximate cost $0.30
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley (or ½ tsp of dried parsley) – approximate cost $0.15

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients thoroughly. If the meat isn’t holding together well, slowly work in more breadcrumbs.
  3. Form the meat mixture into patties and set aside (should make 4 patties depending on the size).
  4. Preheat a large frying pan to medium-high heat (add a teaspoon of olive or canola oil to the pan).
  5. Fry the patties for about 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Avoid flipping the patties more than once so they do not fall apart. Place in a large, oven safe baking dish when browned.
  6. Place all of the patties into the oven and allow them to bake for about 10 minutes (or the same amount of time it takes to make the sauce).
  7. In a medium-sized pot, combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk, and parsley.
  8. Mix well until the sauce is smooth.
  9. Cook over medium heat until heated through (do not boil).
  10. Remove the patties from the oven and pour the mushroom sauce over top.
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings (approximate cost: $2.10 per serving).

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