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Open-Faced Texas Burgers Recipe
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Open-Faced Texas Burgers Recipe

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Served on Texas toast, this open-faced burger will be the talk of the table tonight! —Willie DeWaard, Coralville, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2/3 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 2/3 pound ground beef
  • 2 slices frozen garlic Texas toast
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon A.1. steak sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 burger equals 614 calories, 36 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 133 mg cholesterol, 939 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 41 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the onion, garlic, thyme and 1/2 cup cheese. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into two oval patties.
  2. In a large skillet, cook burgers over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until meat is no longer pink. Meanwhile, prepare Texas toast according to package directions.
  3. Drain burgers; set aside and keep warm. Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and steak sauce to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Return burgers to skillet; turn to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Serve burgers on toast. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Open-Faced Texas Burgers in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p25

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"Yes, It could be that you used extra lean ground beef.  I've been trying to cut back on fats, but have found that burgers made with lean beef just don't taste like much.  You really have to season them alot, and then they tend to come out pretty dry becaue of the lack of fat. Anyway, good luck!


Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Delicious Recipe! We make this in our house at least once a month. The corn side dish and redskinned mashed garlic potatos are excellent with this. I usually double the amount of sauce made at end of recipe to drizzle over potatos... Mmm."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"was a hit at my house. easy to make flavorful and most of the ingredients are pantry staples at my house. can't wait to make this one again!!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"I don't know what I did wrong - I reviewed the recipe again and I followed it exactly. The burger needed seasoning badly. I don't know if it's because I used extra lean ground beef, or what?! None of my family liked it very well, but they all liked the sauce. I think I'll do this sauce with my chipotle burgers next time. The garlic toast is a good idea, I like that, though."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"Great recipe. I doubled it and even my son, who doesn't normally like hamburger, at his and wanted more. No leftovers with this one!"

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