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Two Dozen Hamburger Based Meal Solutions

August 21, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHamburger is an American tradition. Most of what we refer to as hamburger is ground beef, not ham, but ground meats in general offer much versatility. Hamburger is so popular that there is a National Hamburger Day designation in July.

What do people love about it? One Twitter respondent said “I love it’s versatility…countless dishes.” Indeed hamburger can be used in dozens of ways including tacos, meatloaf, lasagna, spaghetti, stroganoff, pizza, grilled burgers, a wide range of pasta dishes and “sloppy joes” where it’s mixed with a tomato sauce and served over buns.

Entire cookbooks have been written on using ground beef or hamburger. It’s entirely possible to have 30 days of suppers and not repeat the same meal twice. It’s worth noting also that in many dishes beef is the highlight not the focus, of the dish. The versatility of the meat also makes it easy to use the leftovers.

For example the first day you make meatloaf, and as there’s leftovers that often become science experiments in the refrigerator you want to save money. The next night you have spaghetti, warming the leftover meatloaf into the spaghetti sauce. No more leftovers! The next night you may have grilled bbq burgers, then use any leftovers in stroganoff. Sloppy joes for the next night, followed by homemade pizza using ground beef as one of the toppings. Lasagna is the next day, then a skillet casserole with macaroni and cheese as a base. That’s 8 meals right off without repeating one even if using leftovers!

Here’s some other great ideas and recipes using hamburger:

Beef and Tortilla Casserole


Spanish rice

Hamburger steak

Cabbage rolls

Cheesy BBQ Beef & Oven Fries

Beef and zucchini casserole

Beef stuffed Peppers

Hobo Stew

Hamburger rice casserole

Popper beef burgers

Mexicali Pie

Kayne’s Shepherd Pie

Italian burgers

Beef taco bake

Shipwreck casserole

Crock-Pot Enchiladas

This is over 2 dozen ways to use hamburger without getting bored with the same thing. If you used hamburger even three times per week it’s a couple of months covered. These are easy, relatively inexpensive and yet filling meals that make the most of your food dollars.

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