Monday, July 9, 2018

A Cheeseburger for a Crowd

Once I made the hot dog cake, this was the inevitable next step. It's kind of weird I saw this recipe for a variation of a very American meal in a German cooking magazine but I did and here it is. A cheeseburger presented in savory cake form.

This savory cheeseburger cake has a yeasted dough crust and is filled with a ground meat-onion mixture, then layers of pickles, ketchup, mustard, and cheese.

The only downside of this recipe is the rise time for the dough is a total of 2 hours 15 minutes. It's not an option if you are looking to quickly throw together a meal. It is, however, a crowd pleaser and received several thumbs up last weekend when I served it at a barbecue. 

Garnish slices of the mondo cheeseburger with extra pickles and serve with an array of condiments like mustard, ketchup, and mayo.  

The other best part of this recipe besides the taste is not having to clean your grill after the guests leave.

A Cheeseburger for a Crowd

Prep time: 30 minutes
Rise time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 8
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 plus 1 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium-sized white onion
  • 1 lb. chopped beef
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup pickle slices, plus some for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 7 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • Whisk together the flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water, add the sugar.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast mixture into the well.
  • Cover the bowl and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of the vegetable oil and the egg.
  • Use your hands or the dough hook attachment of your mixer to combine everything into a smooth dough.
  • Cover the bowl and let stand in a warm place for 2 hours. 
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a skillet.
  • Add the onions and cook, stirring until they become transparent.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and mix to combine with the onions.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cook until the meat is browned. Add the garlic and chili powder. 
  • Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and set aside. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch springform pan.
  • Roll out 2/3 of the dough into a circle (I use a kitchen scale for precise measurements.) Transfer the dough circle to the prepared pan and press the dough all the way up the sides of the pan all the way around.
  • Fill the pan with the ground beef mixture.
  • Add the pickle slices in a layer over the meat. 

  • Add the ketchup and mustard over the pickles in dollops.
  • Place the cheese slices in a layer on top.
  • Roll out the remaining third of the dough into a circle. Place it on top of the cheese and press the edges together to seal.
  • Brush the milk evenly over the dough and scatter the sesame seeds on top.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven. Let cool for 15 minutes before de-panning and transferring to a serving platter.

Try these other savory cake recipes:

Hot Dog Cake with Tomato Onion Topping

Sauerkraut Bacon Yogurt Cake

Spring Vegetable Parmesan Loaf Cake

Reisling Rosemary Almond Bundt Cake

Mushroom Walnut Potato Cake with Thyme

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