A.1. Hamburger “Steak”

There are certain “recipes” I remember from my youth that I occasionally crave. These recipes don’t really have any specific measurements and if you ask my mom for the recipe she tends to laugh a little and say something like “I have no idea, I just threw something together.”

A.1. hamburger steak is one of those recipes–I imagine it was born out of a night when we had hamburgers on hand but no buns and so my mom decided to treat it a bit like a steak with sautéed mushrooms and onions. This recipe is the sole reason I keep A-1 sauce on hand, I can’t think of any other thing that I use it for. The same with canned mushroom slices; using fresh just wouldn’t seem to fit in this recipe.

Gourmet this is not, but its tangy, meaty flavor is satisfying every time. What follows is my best attempt to make this into a followable recipe, but you can really adjust things as you see fit. It begins with my basic hamburger recipe.

For the burger:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 slice of white bread, moistened with a splash of milk and mashed with a fork to form a paste
  • 1 teaspoon (I give about 3-4 shakes of the spice jar) each of onion powder and garlic powder
  • A dash of coriander (I like the slighly exotic warm citrus flavor this imparts)
  • Salt and pepper

For the rest: IMG_1766

  • 1 can of sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 white onion sliced
  • 1/4-1/3 cup A.1. Sauce
  • A drizzle of Sriracha
  • a few shakes of worcestershire sauce

1. Mix all of the hamburger ingredients together in a bowl lightly. I use my hands and just knead it a few times like dough
2. Divide into 4 parts and form burgers. A major help: press your thumb into the center of each to form an indent. This prevents the burgers from shrinking up during cooking.
3. Set them out and let them come to room temp before cooking.

Resting and ready

Resting and ready

4. In a large saute pan, heat some oil and add the burgers. Let them cook for 4-5 munites on medium high heat (do not touch them at this time!)
5. Flip the burgers and let them cook for 3 minutes.
6. While the burgers are going, lightly sautee the onions in a separate pan to give them a head start.
7. Add the onions, mushrooms, A.1. sauce, Sriracha and worcestershire sauce to the burgers. Cover and let cook for about 4 minutes on medium-low heat.

Everything resting happily in the pan

Everything resting happily in the pan

8. Remove from heat and let rest a few minutes before serving.


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A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.


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2 Comments on “A.1. Hamburger “Steak””

  1. Deborah
    February 14, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    That brings back memories! Think you could definitely use fresh mushrooms though…

  2. lindsy
    February 28, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    I still make this too!!!!! I tried it with fresh mushrooms it was really good but the can ones bring me back to childhood.

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