Monday, April 11, 2016


When I was a child, my mother used to make what she called Juicy Burgers. They were a little messy but I loved them. 

You used to could buy a mixture in a can to add to ground beef and make Sloppy Joes. I never did this because they added all those things I didn't like (peppers and onions) and besides, that wasn't what Mother did either. She just cooked the meat, crumbled it, and added some ketchup and mustard. Pretty simple, really.

When I saw this recipe called Barbecued Hamburger in my from Amish and Mennonite kitchens cookbook, I decided to give it a try. It had a few extras in it but sounded like it would be close to what Mother made. i intended to cut the recipe in half, but forgot that when I started adding the catsup and tomato juice. I ended up adding the other lb. of hamburger meat. It ended up making a lot for just one person, but I just divided it up and froze it in single servings for later.


2       lbs. hamburger
2       onion, chopped finely (You guessed it, I left these out.)
1/2    cup catsup
1        cup tomato juice
6       tablespoons brown sugar
6       tablespoons apple cider vinegar
6       tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
6       tablespoons prepared mustard

Brown hamburger and onion together.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer slowly for 45 minutes.

Pile onto hamburger rolls to serve.

A little messy, just like Mother's were.

I added a helping of this to my Molasses Baked Beans and it was a meal and a half.


  1. Sounds good, will try it, I am sure it will beat the canned stuff with all the ingredients in it that are not good for us.....:)

    1. For sure! Thanks.I froze individual servings and am still getting to enjoy it. I even added one of the servings to some leftover baked beans I made (I will be sharing the recipe for them tomorrow.) and that was really good.

  2. You probably had quite a traffic wave today, I accidentally sent my entire email list to you for a few hours! Oops! But looks like a good recipe! - Kevin,

    1. Hi Kevin, The number of views on the recipe is quite impressive. Not sure what you did, but thanks loads!