Have you ever had a White Castle burger? Could be if you’re not from the Midwest you haven’t had the pleasure. Or maybe you moved away and are missing them? This recipe, published in our church newsletter well over 40 years ago will bring you back instantly and will satisfy your craving anytime. I remember my mom making these for us as kids and I recently snapped a picture of the original recipe nestled in her box. They are super simple to make for dinner or as party food. Have fun and create a buffet of toppings for your guests to enjoy, but the traditional is with just a pickle and their famous dusseldorf mustard. Enjoy!
2 pounds ground beef (I use ground sirloin)
1 package of onion soup mix
1 egg, beaten with a fork
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/3 cup bread crumbs
16 slider buns
sliced dill pickles, optional
American cheese slices, optional
2 tsp. water
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix together (with your hands) the ground beef, soup mix, egg, black pepper and bread crumbs. Press the meat mixture into a 10”x14” jelly roll pan. My pan is larger than average so I press it out to the sides and go as far down the pan as I can. The meat will shrink during cooking. Prick the meat with a fork all over and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan and cool slightly.
Turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Cut the meat into bun sized squares. Place a square patty of meat onto each bun, top it with a pickle and/or cheese (if using) and then place the top bun on. Place the burgers in a pan large enough to hold them all, sprinkle the tops with water (to create steam) and cover completely with foil. Bake for 5 - 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite burger condiments. Enjoy!