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Welfare Burgers

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup warm tap water
  • 1/3 cup dry oatmeal or bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Place the raw hamburger in a bowl. Add the water, oatmeal, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Use your hands to mix and mash the stuff all together until everything is blended evenly. Shape the mixture into patties with your hands. Make four large patties or 6 smaller ones. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes. Place the patties onto the dry preheated skillet. Sear them on one side, cooking until they are a nice dark brown. Then flip them over with a pancake turner and turn down the heat to medium low. Cover the pan with a lid or a pizza pan. Allow the burgers to cook slowly for at least ten minutes. Turn them over again, recover and cook for five more minutes. They should be a lovely crusty brown on the outside, and gray colored inside, all the way through to the center. Drain the burgers on paper towels or brown paper bags for a moment or two before serving. These can be served on buns with all the normal burger fixing. However, they are equally good plain, as individual meat loaves. Serves 4. Double this recipe to serve a hungry family of 6. Good with spinach, instant mashed potatoes and canned pineapple.

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