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Burger Americana

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns, split
  • Toppings of your choice


  • In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick patties. Press a shallow indentation in the center of each with your thumb. Brush both sides of patties with oil.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°. Serve on buns with toppings.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger (calculated without toppings): 429 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 796mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.


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  • Bonnie
    Aug 9, 2020

    I guarantee you, we Southerners do NOT put peanut butter on burgers!

  • Summy
    May 25, 2020

    Well, folks, if you have never had peanut butter and bacon together before, you are missing out. My Mom introduced me to peanut butter and bacon bit sandwiches around 49 years ago (I was 10 years old). But, on a burger? Heaven! Bring me a beer. :)

  • debbi.knudsen
    May 26, 2018

    I live in Florida. No one I know has ever put peanut butter on a burger. Bacon, yes. But NOT peanut butter.

  • kb4ird
    May 7, 2018

    Please tell me this is a typo. It must be because bacon and peanut butter are not listed anywhere in the ingredient list.I want to believe the burgers are good. Let’s not attack the recipe author for something over which she has no control, in case it was edited for publication.With that said...bacon and peanut butter might be good toppings. The rest of the world is doing all kind of fusion food. Don’t knock it till you try it.This, however, is definitely not Southern.

  • CarlaAnn54
    May 7, 2018

    Thank you, kbutler2!! I'm from Moultrie, Ga. No one puts peanut butter on a hamburger.

  • kbutler2
    Apr 12, 2018

    First, let me say, I have not made these. I have lived all my life in south Ga and never heard of anyone putting peanut butter on a hamburger.

  • LindaCincinnati
    Apr 2, 2018

    It’s just like having meatloaf on a bun! I make these without the bun and fry up potatoes to go with them. Yum.

  • duckyou
    Jun 27, 2017

    this was just what we were looking for the 4TH of july...thanks...sonny

  • lmmanda
    Jul 5, 2015

    This is my kind of recipe! Easy and tasty! I used ground turkey and Worcestershire Pub burger seasoning instead of the ground beef and salt and pepper.

  • newcountrywife
    Jun 25, 2014

    This was a very simple, yet flavorful recipe. This is now my go-to recipe for doing burgers on the grill. They held together very well and everyone was able to customize their burger just the way they liked it.