When I think “hamburger,” it’s pretty rare that the next thing that comes to mind is “oatmeal.” In fact, I think it’s safe to say that has never happened to me.
Quaker Oats would like to change that and even has a recipe to try to convince me.
IT’S FUN tossing the burger ingredients into a bowl and mixing ‘em up: 1 1/2 lb. ground beef, 3/4 cup uncooked Quaker Oats, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 cup tomato juice. Shape into 8 burgers, broil 5 to 8 minutes on each side till they’re a beautiful brown.
Ground beef was on sale, and we have plenty. Plus… some rolled oats.
Time to mix it up…
What on earth is this?
Oh, I almost forgot: IT’S FUN.
The recipe says so, it must be true.
Time to form the “fun” into patties.
One nice thing about broiling is that it’s really fast. Which makes it a lot easier to accidentally burn your food, although that luckily didn’t happen here.
Something looked off about these when they came out of the oven — maybe it’s the vaguely greyish tinge?
Well, these were pretty juicy burgers. But they had these unfortunately chewy chunks… namely, the oats. The burger didn’t shrink or dry up, but it did have extremely tough oats.
And I also have a sneaking suspicion that the juiciness was more due to the tomato juice than to the oats. Thanks anyway, Quaker…
Recipe comes to you via the excellent Hey, My Mom Used To Make That!