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Friday, February 3, 2017

Western Burgers


One of my coworkers had a birthday on Monday so we ordered food… one of our options was western burgers which I had completely forgotten about!  Remember when they served them in the cafeteria in elementary?  I remember them well but never ate them mainly because I am picky and NEVER ate anything from the cafeteria.

Anyway I decided that we should have them for dinner that night and since hubby had the day off I tweaked a recipe and sent it to him.  He got it started and when the kiddos and I got home I finished it up.  They were delicious and cheesy and ALL three of the kiddos loved them.   What more can you ask for?

Dough:
3 ½ cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup hot water
1 tablespoon active yeast
1 cup warm milk
3 tablespoons butter

Filling:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons steak seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire ( I LOVE this stuff)
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
Velveeta

Dough:
Stir yeast and water together in a bowl.
Set aside for about ten minutes (it should foam).
While waiting melt 3 tb butter and stir into the milk.
In a large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar and salt.
When the yeast is ready add it to the milk mixture.
Next you will add the milk into the flour mixture.
Stir until smooth.
Now you add 1 cup of flour at a time until the dough becomes stiff (not sticky).
Dump dough onto the counter and knead it for a few minutes. 
Place the dough into a well greased bowl and let rise for about an hour.
Divide the dough into 8 balls and let rise again while you work on the filling.

Filling:
Heat oil in a large skillet.
Add onion powder and garlic powder let it become aromatic.
Now add the meat, and remaining dry seasonings to the skillet.
Next add the worcestershire and the tomato sauce.
Once the meat has simmered for about 6 minutes remove from heat and allow to cool.

Assembly:
Roll dough into rectangles.
Add velveeta cheese and then top with the meat mixture.
Fold in the edges and pinch together to seal the seams.
Make sure to seal it well or you will have a mess!
Place the burger on a baking sheet seam side down.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20- 25 minutes.

Let cool for several minutes before serving.