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Thom's Special Grilled Hamburgers

Thom Hackett
Servings: 12


A little extra preparation time is well worth the effort when your guest rave over the great taste of these burgers.  The little extra surprise inside with the melted cheese and ham make this a true "Ham" burger.



2 cups sour cream
1 bunch green onions, chopped, with tops
2 teaspoons Hickory or Mesquite liquid smoke
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 teaspoons lemon pepper
5 pounds ground beef
2 cups cooked ham, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
12 large hamburger buns or English muffins lightly toasted
shredded lettuce
4 or 5 tomatoes, sliced
4 or 5 yellow onions, sliced
3 tablespoons mustard
5 tablespoon mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
5 tablespoon catsup

Cooking Method

Prepare white or yellow sweet onions by slicing in thick slices...

  • Place in plastic bag or glass jar with ice water, seal and refrigerate until ready to use. 

  • This makes the onions very crisp and juicy.

Slice vine-ripened tomatoes into thick slices. 


Mix sour cream, chopped green onions, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce and lemon pepper seasoning. 

  1. Mix this in with the ground meat until combined well. 

  2. Make balls of the hamburger mixture and flatten into patties.

  3. On half of the patties, distribute the ham and cheese.

  4. Carefully cover each of the patties with the cheese and ham with the remaining patties, make sure to seal all the patties.

Cooking the hamburger patties:

  • GRILL:  Place meat on grill over hot coals and cook to desired doneness, turning only once or twice.

  • BROIL:  Place meat in broiler pan; broil to desired doneness.


    • Place meat in a microwave-safe dish and cover loosely with plastic wrap (made for microwave purposes); vent one edge slightly. 

    • Microwave on highest power for 3 minutes. 

    • Turn patties over and cook 3 minutes longer or until desired doneness. 

    • Rotate the dish turn every 1-2 minutes. 

    • Drain well.

  • Mix the mayonnaise, mustard and catsup.  Blend well.

To serve...

  1. Divide the catsup mixture evenly on the warmed hamburger buns.

  2. Top with a meat patty, tomato slice, onion slice and shredded lettuce. 

  3. Also good with alfalfa or radish sprouts.

Serving Ideas:  Serve on July 4th with baked beans, coleslaw, watermelon.

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