If you’ve been following along, you know that in July my guys and I took a road trip to the Oregon coastal town of Florence. We stayed at our favorite resort. Perfect beach access with spacious rooms and suites complete with fully functional kitchens. In this day and age, a room with a kitchen is a must.
When we booked our trip, it was with a great deal of uncertainty. Would restaurants be open for dine-in service? Would state beaches be open? Would we spend a week “sheltering in place” in a hotel room? What we did know was that the resort restaurant was strictly “take out” and the property location wasn’t convenient for take out from in-town restaurants, which meant utilizing the kitchen we had as much as possible. July is “high” season, so the larger 3-bedroom suite was only available for part of our stay, further complicating the uncertainty of our dining options. That was okay, when it comes to traveling, I am great at making due with what we have. There have been times when all we had was a coffee pot, a mini refrigerator and a microwave. You’ll be amazed at what you can get in the frozen food section.
I knew if we wanted burgers on the deck while watching the sunset, I would need to find a burger recipe that could be baked rather than grilled. Grilling on the terrace was a big no-no. I needed something that was simple, without a lot of ingredients. The White-Castle inspired burgers were perfect for the occasion. I just wish the weather had been better. The wind blew and blew the entire time – great for windsurfers, not so great for the rest of us.
No matter, the Oven Burgers were still delicious. So delicious in fact that I made them again at home.
White Castle-Style Oven Burgers
1/4 cup dried Onion Flakes
1 lb Ground Chuck
Seasoning Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
3 slices American Cheese
3 Steak Rolls
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Evenly spread the onions on the bottom of an 8-inch square pan. Set aside.
Gently press the ground beef out on a piece of plastic wrap. Season with salt and pepper. Carefully turn out on top of the onion flakes. Press evenly to make one big patty. Season a second time with seasoning salt and pepper.
Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the burger. Place in the heated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove from oven, blot with a paper towel to remove excess grease. Cut into thirds. Cut cheese in half, lay 2 halves on each burger. Return to the oven to melt, just a few minutes.
Meanwhile. split steak rolls. Spread desired condiments such as ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise on the bread.
Place patties on the steak rolls, serve with favorites such as fries, tots or chips.
Note: If serving with oven fries, adjust oven racks as close to the center as possible. Start fries first on the lower rack and let cook 5 minutes. Then cook burgers on the upper rack. Both will be done at the same time.
Oh and yes, that’s a blend of ketchup and mayonnaise on my plate. It’s my favorite dip for French Fries.