How To Make Delicious 'Hobo Hamburgers'

THIS IS SIMILAR TO HOW YOUR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS' WILL LOOK. REMEMBER. A BURGER DOESN'T HAVE TO LOOK GOOD TO BE GOOD.
THIS IS SIMILAR TO HOW YOUR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS' WILL LOOK. REMEMBER. A BURGER DOESN'T HAVE TO LOOK GOOD TO BE GOOD.
DELICIOUS BELL PEPPERS JUST ADD TO THE FLAVOR OF YOUR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS.'
DELICIOUS BELL PEPPERS JUST ADD TO THE FLAVOR OF YOUR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS.'
IT DOESN'T TAKE BUT A FEW BRICKS TO MAKE A MAKE-SHIFT BARBECUE PIT TO COOK YOUR BURGERS. AND NO MORTAR REQUIRED.
IT DOESN'T TAKE BUT A FEW BRICKS TO MAKE A MAKE-SHIFT BARBECUE PIT TO COOK YOUR BURGERS. AND NO MORTAR REQUIRED.
QUAKER OAKS IS THE KEY INGREDIENT THAT HOLD YOUR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS' TOGETHER.
QUAKER OAKS IS THE KEY INGREDIENT THAT HOLD YOUR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS' TOGETHER.
THESE GUYS ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME ENJOYING BURGERS AT A BARBECUE. YOU CAN TOO WITH MY RECIPE FOR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS.'
THESE GUYS ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME ENJOYING BURGERS AT A BARBECUE. YOU CAN TOO WITH MY RECIPE FOR 'HOBO HAMBURGERS.'
'HOBO HAMBURGERS,' WHAT A FAST, EASY WAY TO FEED FRIENDS.
'HOBO HAMBURGERS,' WHAT A FAST, EASY WAY TO FEED FRIENDS.
MAKES ME HUNGRY JUST LOOKING AT THIS PICTURE.
MAKES ME HUNGRY JUST LOOKING AT THIS PICTURE.

THIS HUB WILL AMAZE SOME. AND MIGHT HELP SOME.

Do you recall the late Mike Ross, the super-talented painter who had his own show on PBS? His soft voice only added to his interesting show where each week, he would teach us how to take a blank canvas and before we knew it, we could create a beautiful painting from nothing but an idea. Ross' catch-phrase was, "we don't have mistakes, just happy accidents," meaning that with his method of painting, there would be no mistakes in how your paintings would turn out, if, you followed his methods.

That same principle can apply to this recipe that I, and an old ex-beer drinking buddy of mine, Kenneth "Wild Man" Stone, (his real name), discovered one simple summer evening in July of 1983, while Stone was visiting with me for no other reason that to listen to a few LP's (record albums) and sip a few cold brews.

As all brewski lovers know, that if you drink enough cold beer, sooner or later, you will get hungry. And that's a good thing. If you have a refrigerator well-stocked with food, not just beer, and enough common sense to prepare the food.

But if you were like "Wild Man," and I, you might have hit the panic button. But for some reason, God looked past our over-indulgence of Budweiser's, and came to our rescue as to successfully satisfy our ravenous craving for food.

Thank God that the evening before, my wife had shopped for groceries and had bought just the right fixings for what Stone and I later called, 'Hobo Hamburgers.' Which were so good that we didn't bother saving any for the long night that lay ahead for listening to more of Hank Williams, Jr., Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, and sipping more cold Bud's as the supply would allow.

We, out of sheer desperation, to be honest, didn't have a barbecue grill, but we found enough loose bricks at the edge of my yard to make a make-shift barbecue pit. I remember having some Kingsford charcoal, but not the grill, for I had loaned it to my wife's brother, Tim, a good guy and fellow drinker of brewski's when the opportunity arose.

When the bricks were squared off, we prepared our 'Hobo Hamburger' mix as follows:

1 OR 2 POUNDS OF GROUND CHUCK, NOT GROUND BEEF.

1 VIDALIA SWEET ONION.

2 BELL PEPPERS

1 CUP OF HEINZ WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE.

1 1/2 CUPS OF OLD FASHIONED QUAKER OATS.

in a bowl, preferably a wooden bowl, take the ground chuck and slowly mix in the chopped and diced sweet vidalia onion, bell pepper, Quaker oats, and Worcestershire sauce. DO NOT GET IN A HURRY. At moderate timing, mix the ingredients for about 10 to 15 minutes.

While you are mixing the ingredients, allow your charcoal to burn until they are a snow-white. Then place your 'Hobo Hamburger' patties on the grill, but in our case, we were blessed to find an old refrigerator shelf that was made like a small ladder taking the appearance of a grill. Place your hamburger patties with enough space between them to allow the right amount of heat to get to them as you turn them gently every five minutes and DO NOT CHAR-BURN the patties, but let them cook evenly to seal in the tasty juices of the ground chuck and other tasty ingredients.

About five minutes before you take the hamburger patties off of the grill, use single-sliced Kraft American cheese to lay on each hamburger patty. Or you can wait until you lay the sizzling hamburger patty on the bun with the cheese already in place. It doesn't matter.

My 'accidental' recipe of 'Hobo Hamburgers' served my buddy, Kenneth and I with two hefty-sized burgers each and our man-size appetites were satisfied.

You can adjust the amount of ground chuck, sweet vidalia onions, Quaker oats, bell pepper and Worcestershire sauce to accommodate the number of guests that you are entertaining.

Now in all honesty, our burgers did not look that good, but I can tell you that looks were not that important to my buddy, Kenneth and me. It was the taste of the burgers that counted.

And again, thank God, we hit the marks. The 'Hobo Hamburgers' were a form of 'manna from heaven.'

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collegatariat 5 years ago

Goodness, that hamburger is huge! My mother would have scolded me for bad manners if I had tried to get my mouth around that thing... but then, if you're a hobo, nobody cares, right? ;)

It looks like a very tasty recipe; thanks for sharing!


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Oh, gawd, Kenneth! You actually have a recipe, too? I saw that photograph and just DIED laughing. But alive enough to vote you up!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Kenneth...

Based on the picture and your words I believe you...that is one ugly burger. Still...it compels me like a burning train wreck on a dark night.

I shall prepare my refrigerator appropriately for the next 'drink' night!

Thanks,

Thomas


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Collegartrat, That burger is SIMILAR to a hobo burger. YOu can, after its off the grill, build it to look this way, bigger and even add things that you like to it, this photo I found was similar. Thanks for your much-appreciated comment.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Arlene, I didn't mean to bring harm to you. I am sorry. Thanks for the comment and the vote. YOU are very appreciated. Now, I am hungry. Again!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thomas, you are creative on a higher level than I am. Train wreck? That is a very good analytical assumption of this, my treasured, hamburger recipe. I think I shall make this very soon...that is when I can afford gasoline to get to town. Thanks, Thomas, always, for YOUR witty and appreciated comments.


V Qisya 5 years ago

Wow! It's huge and looks yummy to me..I love it! It's a masterpiece ;D Looks isn't everything, dear Kenneth....


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hrymel 5 years ago from Fort George G Meade, MD

"And our man appetites were satisfied." Love it! You really can't beat a good old fashioned burger, however the oats are a new ingredient for me. I assume they're to help seal in the moisture?


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Makes my mouth water! I would never have thought of putting oats in a burger, Good Hub.


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa

Oh man, Kenneth. You have done it this time with that picture! That is humongous!!! I can just imagine my brother's face if I load his plate with such a monster burger. Even his ears won't stop his grin from going right around... The oats is a good touch. We always use it in our (tiny!) patties. It may even help to reduce some of the harm done by all that cholesterol. But who is going to think about silly old cholesterol if you can have one of these!:-)


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

Haha WOW! That's a big burger, Kenneth! It looks and sounds yummy, though. I -for one- love a good "drinking story". You have such good memories invested in this burger. That right there probably makes it extra tasty! ;)

Great hub as always, my friend!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

That first picture looks like something my husband would make. I used to use oatmeal in my burgers all the time and for some reason or another I got away from using the oatmeal. Now I'm hungry...Enjoyed your hub.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I've never put oatmeal in my burgers, but maybe i should, they sound delicious. Thank you..


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

11/26

Hello, V., THANKS SO MUCH for your kind remark. And I have to agree with you on the 'looks isn't everything,' line, for I have to see myself in an honest viewing each day that I look into my mirror. Appreciate YOUR visit, V. and stay in touch. Fondly, Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Yes, my friend, hrymel. The oats do serve that purpose and also help to keep the patties knit tightly together and they will not fall apart on the grill, a problem I have faced in the 'times,' that I have grilled. Thanks for your input, and yes, right now, I wish I had an old-fashioned 'hobo grill' made from non-mortared bricks and a 'hobo burger,' but with iced tea. Coffee. No beer. I love my life now and where Im at without the brewskis. Thanks again, Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thank YOU, Dear Mary! I appreciate YOUR comments on my hubs. Okay. I need to confess--about the oats. I stole, I mean, 'borrowed,' that move from my wife. She uses oats in her delicious meatloaf recipe. Hey, she and I were talking last night about THIS hub, and she reminded me of our daughter's special, homemade chili that is not only so delicious that you have to hide some for yourself before it's gone, but so hot that I saw a bowl of it take a preacher's breath away for 10 minutes. I need to share this at some future point. Have a great night, Mary.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, rsusan! Thank you, kindly, for your remarks. By all means, make your brother a 'hobo burger,' and I guarantee that he WILL smile and thank you over and over for this tasty dish. And as for cholersterol, you have a good point about the oats. Maybe oats can help with cholesterol. I never bothered to think of this. Amazing what you overlook when you are 'accidentally' cooking to keep yourself from starving. How about you and I publish our own cookbook entitled, "Accidental Cuisine Formed From Desperate Situations," and yes, throw in a super-fast and tasty Dorito's with Swiss cheese clipped up over them and microwaved for 1.5 minutes. Yumm!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Greetings, Veronica! Thank you sincerely for YOUR sweet remarks. Huge is right! Wish I had two right now. And you are very kind to read beyond my verbiage in this hub and yes, you are correct. I have many memories invested in this recipe. And hub. Think I will, when I feel up to it, find a few loose bricks. Thanks!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Just Ask Susan...THANKS for your comment. I always enjoy your hubs and comments so much. Is your husband prone to cooking with bricks without mortar like I did? That, to me, made these burgers so good...spontaneous and no planning. But tasted far better than they looked. Visit again, Just Ask Susan. God bless you.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, always exploring. Thanks so very MUCH for taking time to read this hub and leave this useful comment. My mom never used oats in burgers, but my wife, like I told someone on here, uses them in her meatloaf recipe. Hey, I know a terrific oat-based Christmas goodie recipe: a Fruit Bar with Dates, Figs, and yes, some oats. I may see if my misses will lend it to me. Thanks for your friendship. Kenneth


Sueswan 5 years ago

Dearest Kenneth,

Your hobo burgers sound delicious.

I vote up and yummy!

Eat too many and you will get a sore tummy. :-)


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa

Good idea that "Accidental Cuisine Formed From Desperate Situations," cookbook, Kenneth! I am sure that could be a hit! You still have lots of yummy recipes up your sleeve, judging by your comments...


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

That burget is huge! As my dad would say, "I don't know whether to eat it or climb it.". Still getting my head around oats in a burger....voted up nonetheless.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

11/28/2011

Dearest Sueswan, "Thank you so much for the poetic remark." "I hope that one day, I can FIND a burger as good as those my buddy, "Wild Man," and I threw together." You have a great day, Susan! Fondly! Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thank YOU, rsusan! How about allowing me to find the recipes, that YOU publish the cookbook and splitting the profits 50-50? I want to give a huge portion of my profits to my church a very-worthy charity in a nearby town. Have a great day, my friend.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Jools99, a Sincere Thank YOU for the honest and appreciated comment. And the valuable votes also. If I encountered a burger this big, I'd attack. Without any forethought. Oh man. Now I am hungry. Again!


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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

Thats what I call everything and the kitchen sink. Oatmeal, I'll have to remember that one, I only add it to meatloaf. I love the picture, its hysterical. I bet Santa would love that instead of cookies!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

at 1:13 a.m., 12/10 time is cst.

Hello, The-BestMouseTrap....LOL, you are right. Santa would love this, but in all reality, this is his snack-size burger. Thank you so much for the comment, the following and your great friendship. Merry Christmas. Kenneth


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rihamah 4 years ago

very interesting recipe, I'll try it out soon thanks for sharing.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, rihamah! Thank YOU so much. I appreciate YOUR comments. And wouldnt you know it, Im now on a sugar-free, bread-free DIET!!!! Arghhhh! And try this out. You will enjoy this. I guarantee it. Have a Great New Year and visit with me again.

Kenneth


hawaiihibou 4 years ago

Yum!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Warm Greetings, hawaiihibou! Thank you for your very-nice comment on my 'hobo burgers.' They ARE good even if I make them. I just cant get around as good as I used to in this timeframe when I made these burgers...for I was in my mid-20's....I still have this recipe in my mind. I wish you my BEST for taking time to read this hub. Visit with me soon and I Invite YOU to Follow Me. That would make me very happy. Peace to you.

Kenneth


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Sweet Chococarrie 4 years ago from My Heart To Yours

So Deliciously Presented, You're Always Awesome Dearest Kenneth, Sure I Will Be Happy to Have a Real Hobo Hamburger From You Soon :) Happy Weekend *.*)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Sweet Chococarrie, thank you so much for this awesome comment. Made my entire week. And that, having a "Hobo Burger," with you, would be fantastic.

Your friend,

Kenneth


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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

Darn it , I just had my dinner and found this hub, now I have a craving for that delicious looking burger. Hmmm , going to wait another half an hour and call my next meal a late supper :)


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, ketage,

These are good anytime day or night, and my sincere thanks for your very nice comment.

Now I could use one of these.

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