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Mt. Ogden Burger

If you’re not from Ogden, Utah, you probably don’t know what is so special about this burger. OK, it’s not all that special. In fact, it’s rather simple. But simple is sometimes exactly what your heart (and your tummy) desires. This burger really makes me think of my childhood days in Utah. Of licking every morsel of secret sauce off my fingers, savoring each and every bite of my Mt. Ogden Burger and sucking on a Lime Rickey. Lime Rickey? Remember, we’re talking Utah, so it’s not the Lime Rickey your thinking. The virgin creation is pretty darn tasty, but I think I’ll have to make me a nice cocktail the next time we make Mt. Ogden’s. Something tells me it’s gonna be beautiful!

Mt. Ogden Burger (Warren’s, Ogden, Utah):

1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef (80/20 fat ratio) – $3.47
12-15 sliced honey cured ham – $1.80
6 slices sandwich style Swiss Cheese – $1.15
Secret Sauce – We’ll talk about that later!
6 Hamburger Buns – $1.25
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper – pantry
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder – pantry
1/2 tsp Salt – pantry
1 Tbsp Worcester Sauce – pantry

COST: $7.67

Preheat grill. Medium to medium high on a gas grill should be fine.  You can do burgers on the stove, but grilling is best.

With beef at room temp, place in a mixing bowl and add pepper, salt, garlic, 1 Tbsp Worcester sauce and mix. Separate into 6 balls.  Form 1/4 lb patties and place on hot grill. Cook to desired doneness.

Once burgers are cooked, place slices of ham on grill to give a quick warm up and then place on burgers. Add a slice of swiss cheese and shut grill for 15-30 seconds. When cheese is melted, place burger on bun, cover with secret sauce (it’s a Utah thing) and serve.

So, secret sauce, or what Warren’s calls their “house” sauce is really just a mix of ketchup and mayo. Probably some other stuff, like chopped pickles or thousand island. But really, the idea is ketchup and mayo mixed together with a dash of garlic and paprika, pickles if you like and maybe even some mustard. You can make it to your taste. It’s so simple, but boy or boy is it good with burgers and fries. It does add a good amount of fat, so definitely not something you’ll want to eat all the time, however, perfect on a good old fashioned Mt. Ogden!

We served our burgers with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Kettle Chips (Warren’s fries are just not re-creatable. Wish they were. They are awesome!). Chips were $1.99. A bit pricey for a rather small bag, but they are so delicious and since my tomatoes were fresh from the garden, they were free, so I could afford to splurge. A quarter head of lettuce and you only need to add $.25 more. Excellent!


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Jalapeno Cheddar Sliders and twice cooked fries

Keep an eye out at the butcher or your local grocery store for manager specials. Some stores have bins and some just have these items mixed in with the other meats. At my local store, the butcher routinely does some premixed and seasoned meat and sausages. If they don’t all sell, they reduce the price in half and run a “manager” special. I love these sales! It’s a chance to taste someone else’s ideas and saves me some work. Shoot, why not!?

Jalapeno Cheddar Sliders:

2 lbs (2 packages, 2 patties each of pre-packaged burgers from the butcher) – $2.09 and $2.31 (Manager’s Special)
1 package of dinner rolls (10-12 count) – $1.99
10 slices of cheddar or other cheese – $1.25
1/4 head lettuce, cleaned and prepped – $.25
2 roma tomatoes, sliced – $.40

COST: $8.29

I simply broke down the prepackaged patties I got on sale from the butcher. If you don’t have this option, you can use my Serrano Cheddar burger recipe and accomplish the same thing.

Using the premixed burgers, separate meat mixture into 12 equal balls. Now form balls into small patties no more than one inch thick and place on hot grill or griddle with a spatula. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or to your preferred temp. Once cooked, place slices of cheese on each burger and shut grill or cover with lid for 30 seconds.

Serve with whatever condiments you desire and lettuce and tomato.  And don’t forget the twice-cooked fries!

Twice-Cooked Fries

6-8 red or white potatoes – $1.57
1 Tbsp Paprika – pantry
1 tsp Garlic Powder – pantry
2 Tbsps canola or olive oil – pantry
1 tsp Sea Salt – pantry
1 tsp Pepper, fresh ground if possible – pantry

COST: $1.57

Clean and pierce potatoes with knife. Microwave or bake till near done, not complete. Let cool.

Mix garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and set aside.

When potatoes are cool, peel skin and slice. Season with 1/2 your dry mix and fry in a non stick pan. Make sure your oil is heated to medium hot before placing potatoes in. Let cook till brown and crisp on one side, then flip. Once fries done, remove and place on paper towel to drain. Dust with remaining seasoning mixture and serve.


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