Meat-and-Potato Patties Recipe

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During World War II, when meat was rationed and had to be purchased with tokens, this recipe went a long way in feeding a family. To this day, I still reach for it whenever I want something different from regular hamburgers. By the way, children really like these (just as I did when I was a child!).— Gladys Klein, Burlington Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded potatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 230 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, potatoes, onion, green pepper, egg and salt. Shape into four flat patties.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet. Brown the patties on both sides; drain. Add tomato juice. Simmer 20-25 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Remove patties to a serving platter; keep warm.
  3. Combine flour and water; gradually add to juice in the skillet. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Spoon over patties. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Meat-and-Potato Patties in Country Ground Beef 1993, p34

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