This is my own recipe for hamburgers... and don't we all think that our own hamburger recipe is the best? :) These do have a little kick, but even my toddler loves them. If you use fatty hamburger, you may not need the egg to hold them together. The oatmeal can be left out if desired, but you really won't notice it in there-- I originally added it as a way to sneak a little more oatmeal into my husband's diet. I like to top mine with steak sauce and sharp cheddar cheese.