When I was in first grade, my class created a cookbook with family favorite recipes for our parents’ holiday gift. When my mom and dad asked which recipe I wanted to contribute I chose what we affectionately dubbed “Daddy’s Hamburgers,” mini-cheeseburgers baked open face in the oven. The key to these burgers are not only good quality meat and great bread but a pat of butter that melts into the burger to create the juiciest, flavor-filled burger you’ll ever devour.
If you’re feeding a crowd or can’t find mini ciabatta loaves, this is easily adaptable to be made on one large load of sourdough sliced into individual portions. The burgers don’t need much in the way of condiments, just some ketchup and great mustard and you’re all set. Sadly, my first grade cookbook is long gone but the recipe will always be a family favorite.
Garlic Cheeseburger Loaves
Makes 8 open face burgers
1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
4 small sourdough rolls or ciabatta, sliced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic salt
freshly ground black pepper
8 tablespoons butter, divided
8 slices medium Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to broil and place baking rack in middle of oven. Prepare a baking sheet with foil. Divide ground beef into 8 equal portions. Place rolls face up on baking sheet and form a patty of hamburger on each roll. Score the top of the burger patty, criss-crossing twice. Drizzle Worcestershire sauce on each patty then season each with garlic salt and pepper. Top each patty with a tablespoon pat of butter. Place in the oven and broil for 10 minutes for medium rare. Add a slice of cheese to each burger and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
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