It has been ridiculously hot here in the city. I think it has reached 100 degrees each of the past three days. It’s sad when it is to hot to even go to the beach! But relief is in sight. A cool, 90 degrees is forecasted tomorrow.
We stayed out of the sun and in the air conditioning for the entire holiday. And we rounded out the afternoon with a Fourth of July staple. Hobo Hamburgers.
We used to make these at the lake every summer. And as soon as we broke out the ingredients, every one else had a story to tell about their experience with Hobo Hamburgers. So just in case you have never had a hobo hamburger (or have just forgotten how to make them), I feel like it is my duty to impart my recently regained knowledge.
Ingredient List: 4 Red Potatoes, 1 Large Yellow Onion, 4 Hamburger Patties (See additional recipe at the bottom), Carrots, 1 Stick of Butter, Black Pepper, and Garlic Seasonings (Serves 4).
Step One: Cut the potatoes and onions into thin slices.
Step Two: Lay out 4 pieces of tinfoil with each piece about 2 feet long.
Step Three: Place a tiny dollop of butter on the bottom of the tin foil followed by 1/4 of the potatoes, 1/4 of the onions, carrots, one tablespoon of butter, seasonings, and the hamburger patty on top.
Step Four: Wrap the tin foil so that each packet is self-contained and there is no place for the juices to escape.
Step Five: Place on grill for 30 – 40 minutes. (Some people bake them in the oven, other cooks them in the coals of a camp fire. It really doesn’t matter since all of the flavor is self-contained in the tin foil.)
Step Six: Unwrap and enjoy. Keith put his entire packet on a hamburger bun complete with ketchup but everyone else just ate right out of the tinfoil.
Things I learned during my first attempt at cooking these on my own.
1. Use a lot of butter. We went overboard with two tablespoons of butter per packet. It was delicious but that is a lot of butter so one tablespoon is more than enough.
2. Buy pre-made hamburger patties if you are in a hurry. I personally love the ultimate burgers from Whole Foods and they were absolutely perfect for this meal. However, this is the recipe I was going to use before I got lazy.
Ingredients: 1.5 lbs Ground Sirloin, 1 cup cracker crumbs, 2 Tbls Worcestershire Sauce, 2 Tsp Lemon Juice, 1 egg, 1/2 cup chives, 2 Tsp Garlic Powder, and 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.
Step One: Mix all ingredients in a bowl including the ground sirloin.
Step Two: Shape into patties