January 28, 2013

Tiny Burgers with Pickles and Onions



Ingredients:
1 lb 94% lean ground beef
1/4 cup minced white onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

to serve:
minced white onion
soft dinner rolls, cut in half horizontally
dill pickle slices (sometimes labeled "hamburger pickles")


Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine the beef, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Roll the meat into 12 spheres. Heat oil in a skillet. Add the spheres and press flat using a spatula. Fry each burger until cooked to your liking. Place the burgers on the bottom half of each roll. Top with onion and pickle slice. Add the top roll. Serve immediately with homemade French fries.
My thoughts:
These tiny burgers were all the rage in the 1920s. White Castle and their similarly named competitor, White Tower as well as other small, early fast food restaurants like the Cozy Inn in Salina, KS were selling burgers six to a sack. The idea was to get them out to hungry customers as soon as possible so the topping were simple; often just onion and pickle. Cheese would only slow the cook down as they waited for it to melt. Slightly smaller than the sliders that are so popular today, these burgers fit perfectly on small dinner roll. These are simple but delicious!

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