The Hamburger…



Grilled Burgers with Provolone, Sautéed Portabella’s and Green Onions
The Gourmet Farm Girl

Hamburger, so what is the explanation of hamburger? This is what the dictionary said…A hamburger (or burger for short) is a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat, (usually beef, but occasionally pork, turkey, or a combination of meats) placed between two buns.


So where does the ham come from?


The term hamburger originally derives from the German city of Hamburg Germany’s second largest city, from where many immigrated to America. In High German, “Burg” means “castle”, or king’s abode; earlier also city/town, and is a widespread component of city names. “Burger” describes someone coming from that castle or town, (compare London -> Londoner), hence Hamburger can be a descriptive noun in German, referring to something from Hamburg.


Oh! I see…


I don’t think anyone really cares; I know that in a pinch the hamburger was cooked up a lot when I was growing up on the farm. My mom would fry up burgers; squirt a little ketchup on the top; throw on a couple of pickles; wrap them up along with some cookies and take a jug of lemonade to the fields where the men were working because they could not afford to stop working and come home for supper. This was usually because they were trying to stay ahead of the rain. I used to like to ride along with her and sit on the tailgate of the truck and eat a burger right along with my dad. It was like a little picnic!


Ahhh…great memories!


Here is a Gourmet Farm Girl burger idea…

1 pound of hamburger

8 oz package of portabella or white mushrooms (sliced)
Leaf lettuce
Sliced Provolone cheese
4-5 Green onions
Package of hamburger buns
1 tomato (optional)

In a medium size skillet on low to medium heat melt 2-3 Tablespoon of butter and add the sliced mushrooms and sauté till tender; 8-10 minutes; set aside.


Shape the hamburger into 4 quarter pound patties; salt and pepper; and fry or grill till cooked through; 10-12 minutes depending on the heat used. Place the cheese on top of each burger; remove from heat and tent for about 5 minutes to let the juice flavor up the burgers and for the cheese to melt.


 Spread a small amount of butter on each bun (top and bottom) and place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes till just golden brown.
 Chop the green onion and slice tomato and your ready to assemble a delicious HAMBURGER!

Serves 4