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Carolina Saucey Burger

This recipe has evolved over time and through trial and error. Family members, church members, co-workers, neighbors and friends have tasted and critiqued my burger. The one constant comment has been "I can't believe that this burger has apple sauce in it."--thus came the name. After you sample this burger, you will agree that it is juicy and "saucey".


4 pounds ground beef chuck
(80-85% lean)
1 package onion soup mix
1/2 tube crushed Ritz crackers
1 egg
4 oz. apple sauce
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. granulated garlic powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 slices of bread (wet)
1 tsp. hot sauce 
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black ground pepper


Place all ingredients into a pan and mix. Do no overmix. Shape mixture into 12 patties of equal size about 3/4 inch think and 4 1/2 to 5 inches in diameter. Heat grill rack and coat rack with olive oil. Place patties on hot grill rack over medium heat. Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until desired doneness. Turn only one time with a long handle spatula and do not flatten or score burgers. Test one burger for doneness by cutting in half. Remove burgers from grill and place in buns and return bun and burger to bun bag and close. The burgers will heat and soften buns.


Serve on traditional buns. Serve with chili,(my recipe) sliced onions, mustard and/or tomato ketchup or with mayonnaise, sliced onions, lettuce and sliced tomato. Yield: 12 burgers Cook time: 15-20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes