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Haley's "New Deal" Burger

This is a variation of a hamburger my "adopted" familly makes. Great Grandma Haley made these hamburgers during the Great Depression. She was resourceful to stretch out the meat supply by adding bread, milk, egg, etc. She accidentally made the most flavorful and moist burger around, creating a legacy. Friends and family alike, rave and continue the tradition of making Great Grandma Haley's recipe.


2 large pieces homemade white bread with crusts cut off
3/4 cup minced brown onion
1 clove crushed garlic
1 large egg
1/4 cup whole milk
1 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp. Sutter Home Merlot
1 Tbsp. seasoning salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 lb. Freshly ground beef chuck
Accessory items:
6 leaves Hearts of Romaine lettuce
6 slices of vine-ripe tomatoes
"Vicky’s spread":
4 tbsp. Softened butter
4 tsp. Grey Poupon mustard
6 oz. Sonoma Jack Cheese
6 Homemade whole-wheat hamburger buns


DIRECTIONS Wash 6 leaves Hearts of Romaine lettuce, let dry Set out 2 Tbsp. butter to soften Set out 2 large pieces of homemade white bread to dry out Preheat gas grill to Medium Heat Mince brown onion to make 3/4 cup Crush 1 clove of garlic and add to the minced onion In a large bowl, add: 1 large egg, 1/4 cup whole milk, 1 Tbsp. Heinz Ketchup, 2 Tbsp. Sutter Home Merlot. Beat all ingredients together with a fork. Add to above mixture: 1 Tbsp Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, 1 tsp. ground pepper, the onion/garlic mixture. Stir until well mixed. Break apart the 2 pieces white bread into thumbnail sized pieces. Add to the above mixture. Stir all then let stand for 10 minutes. Slice vine-ripe tomatoes, set aside for assembly. Mix the “Vicky spread”, 4Tbsp softened butter with 4 tsp. Grey Poupon Mustard; Cream together in a small bowl, and then set aside. Add 1 pound freshly ground beef chuck to the large bowl mixture. Lightly blend together. Let stand for 20 minutes. Slice the Sonoma Jack Cheese into 6 1 oz. pieces. Set aside for assembly. Divide the meat mixture into 6 equal parts. Form into patties, 2/3 inch thick. Baste grill with Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Place the 6 Burgers on the grill. Cook 5 minutes each side. 3 minutes before the burgers are finished, place the buns inside down, on the grill. 2 minutes before the burgers are finished place 1 oz. of Sonoma Jack Cheese on each burger. Remove the buns after 1 minute on the grill, place on platter. Spread 1 tsp. of “Vicky’s spread” on each, top and bottom, portion of the bun.. Place the finished burgers onto the bottom bun, top with one slice of vine-ripe tomato, then one piece of the Hearts of Romaine Lettuce,.


At the time Roosevelt delivered the "New Deal", Grandma Haley served up this "Burger". Savor history while enjoying our family's favorite griller!