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Dean Martin's Hamburger Recipe

Updated on December 10, 2012
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She learned all her book repair tricks on the job!

2 Ingredient Easy Burger Recipe--No Joke!

Bet ya did not know that Dean Martin had his own special hamburger recipe. Well he did and it is a classic.

I first learned of this 2 ingredient recipe for ground beef while browsing the SUNfiltered blog from the Sundance Channel. Unfortunately, I am old enough to know who Dean Martin was. Fortunately, I knew what to expect when I clicked on the blog title "Dean Martin's Hamburger Recipe".

For those of you who might be younger than myself, Dean Martin was an entertainer who is probably best known for being a member of Frank Sinatra's "The Rat Pack". I know, you have never heard of "The Rat Pack". Ho-hum, just keep on scrolling--and, no, you will not find this pack in BonTemps hanging at Merlotte's. If I have to tell you about those two places, then I have to ask you what rock you have been hiding under?

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TV Trays from Amazon--Kind of Retro
TV Trays from Amazon--Kind of Retro

If it is too complicated to remember, use the "print recipe" button below.

The Oak TV Tray Table shown here can be purchased at


Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes max!

Total Time: 10-15 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 2 oz. bourbon in a chilled glass


  1. Mr. Martin's Directions for making his hamburgers: "Preheat a heavy frying pan and sprinkle bottom lightly with salt. Mix meat handling lightly, just enough to form into four patties. Grill over medium-high heat about four minutes on each side.
  2. Pour chilled bourbon in a chilled shot glass and serve meat and bourbon on a TV Tray."
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A Hamburger Recipe from Weight Watchers:

Click on "Juicy Hamburgers" below!

Juicy Hamburgers--Yes, I am carnivorous! Love my red meat, sorry to my veggie friends. I must admit, that a low calorie burger is a great idea, but I tend to over do it in the condiment arena. I love mayonnaise!

Serve Your Hamburger in Retro Style - Eat like Dean Martin would!

How many of these TV trays have you seen at garage sales? Well, if you do not like to paw through other's castoffs, purchase these new retro tables for your home. Eat dinner while watching the original Ocean's 11 (1960)

staring the Rat Pack.

Oh, such a handsome retro HAMburger!

Oh, such a handsome retro HAMburger!
Oh, such a handsome retro HAMburger!

Dean Martin Was More than just a HAMburger!

Mr. Martin will most be remembered for crooning, smoking and drinking bourbon. I remember him being a wonderful comedic actor in movies that came out in the 50's and 60's. He was in the original "Ocean's Eleven".

This burger recipe belongs to this famous person!

This burger recipe belongs to this famous person!
This burger recipe belongs to this famous person!

How many and what ingredients did you choose to use in your ground beef burger recipe?

My recipe has three: lean ground beef, Montreal Steak Seasoning, and chardonnay.

The grill master is my husband--we always use our outdoor grill for burgers.

Have you ever used a hamburger recipe like this one? - Only ground beef in this burger!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @kerryhrabstock: Red or white wine? I am glad you made that statement about Dino not being a drinker.

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      kerryhrabstock 5 years ago

      I kind of have similar recipes with wine instead of bourbon. And if you're old enough to know who Dean is, like me, you know he wasn't really a drinker at all.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Dino was sooooo cool.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm with Dean, just plain beef! lol

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      Penny Pincher G 6 years ago

      fun pictures

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      Gerald McConway 6 years ago

      Great lens, love Deano! Never knew he had recipes though :)