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    Hamburger Budget Stretch

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    4Susan's Note:

    When money is tight this will stretch your hamburger meat. It's another recipe from my favorite cook book - Stories & Recipes of the Great Depression by Rita Van Amber. This recipe is attributed to Alma Smith of Woodville, WI. She wrote: "This was a popular dish when meat was rationed through the war." Use what you need in whatever dish you're making and freeze the rest.

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      Mix and season to taste; Alma's recipe called for "some" onion, so use however much you'd like.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 16, 2007


      This was a great way to extend our ground beef! We were having tacos tonight, and we needed to make the meat go just a little further (with a hubby that eats like a horse sometimes, and 3 kids and me, we needed it). We only had one lb of meat, and I remembered this recipe. Once I browned the mixture, it didnt get the dark brown that you normally see with ground beef, but I am betting it was from all the oatmeal. Also, I think next time I will use just 1 cup of oatmeal and see how that works. It didnt taste alot like ground beef, although it didnt really matter because I really spice up my taco meat. Overall, this is a recipe I will use again and I am thankful that when I had $40 to my name for 2 weeks, that this was here for my using! Thanks 4Susan!

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    • on March 26, 2010


      Based on the reviews I only used one cup of oatmeal also, and I used quick oats, because its what I had. It worked out great. Since I'm feeding 2 more this is a big help! Thanks!

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    • on January 02, 2010


      Based on the reviews I only used one cup of oatmeal, and I used the quick oats. this was great, I feel like it almost doubled the amount of meat I had to begin with, and I couldn't tell a difference with the meal I made.

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    Nutritional Facts for Hamburger Budget Stretch

    Serving Size: 1 (59 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 263.0
    Calories from Fat 100
    Total Fat 11.1 g
    Saturated Fat 3.8 g
    Cholesterol 85.9 mg
    Sodium 63.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 0.7 g
    Protein 21.0 g

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