Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Classic Hamburgers and Crash Hot Potatoes

The summer is winding up and I just could not resist making grilled hamburgers at least one more time! This recipe comes from a cooking magazine that I recently won in a giveaway...there are SO many wonderful recipes--thank you again, Lynda!!! We're having some "grill issues", so the hamburgers did get a tad bit charred on the outside, but they were still really good and actually were a little too rare on the inside...I hate to admit this, but we actually just stuck them in the microwave for a minute! I kept trying to decide what to serve with them (in addition to corn on the cob) and as I was looking through my refrigerator, I came across about 8 good-sized red potatoes that I needed to use. I went in search of a recipe and found this recipe for "Crash Hot Potatoes" on For the Love of Cooking. Pam has absolutely wonderful recipes on her blog--I've never been disappointed by anything I've tried! The potatoes were a little too "grown up" for my 4 year old and 17 month old, but my husband and I really liked them.

Classic Hamburgers

1 pound ground round
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small onion, minced (about 3/4 cup)
1 large egg white (I used the whole egg)
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cooking spray
4 slices Provolone cheese (*my addition*)
4 lettuce leaves
4 slices red onion, separated into rings
8 thin slices tomato
4 whole wheat kaiser rolls, split (or your "roll of choice")


Prepare grill. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Shape into 4 (1/4 inch thick) patties---(I actually increased the ingredients and made them closer to 1/3 - 1/2 pound each!).

Place patties on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; cover and grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. (Add cheese last couple of minutes, optional!)

Top hamburger with lettuce, onion and tomato...and any other condiments you so desire!

Crash Hot Potatoes

12-15 baby red potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender. Place on a cooking sheet coated with cooking spray or drizzled with olive oil. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet and with a potato masher, gently smash each potato. Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt and pepper (I also added a Rosemary Garlic Seasoning that I had from Sam's Club!).

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Eat plain or top with a little sour cream and green onions. (I didn't have any green onions, so I actually sprinkled them with chives).

Source: Cooking Light Healthy Summer Grilling and For the Love of Cooking


  1. I also love Pam's blog. Everything is always so good. Those potatoes look great.

  2. That burger is crazy mouthwatering! Yum!

  3. Holy Hamburger those look yummy. My carb kids would go crazy over the potatoes.

  4. Crash Hot Potatoes is one of the best tater recipes out there.

    Very interesting burger recipe. I'm always craving burgers since I don't make them much at home as my hubby doesn't eat red meat. Provolone is one of my favorite cheeses and people so rarely ever put it on burgers.

  5. You nuke your underdone burgers, too? That's too funny and glad to know that I'm not the only one! I'm definitely going to add some oats to my next batch. That is such a great idea! We BBQ even in the winter. We snowbrush the grill off and fire her right up. Good times in very wintery Pennsylvania:)
    I came from SITS and will be following to see what else you've got going on!

  6. Perfect summer fare! Love those crash potatoes. They are a favorite here as well.

  7. This is a yummy looking summer meal, Rachel... those hamburgers are droolworthy with that melted cheese dripping down, Yum! We also love the crash hot potatoes and yours look really good and crisp, just perfect!
    Glad you like the cookbook. :)

  8. I love crash potatoes and your burgers look fabulous! Provolone, my favorite.

  9. What a delicious dinner! Those burgers look amazing! We're grilling out this weekend for sure. We'll blink and snow will be flying. I'm with you, make hay...or in this case, burgers...while the sun shines!

  10. We had almost the identical meal when my parents came over for dinner on Sunday (mini burgers and crash hot potatoes). I didn't have any fresh corn on hand so I made a sweet corn cake, instead. Great minds think alike, eh?

  11. You got me on the potato. I know the hamburger is delicious but for me, I want that potato.