Burger log

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I saw this technique on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the food channel some time ago and have made several versions, This one I'd call a chili dog if that name wasn't already taken
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Step 1: Shopping list

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as with any of my food guides please feel free to substitute your own favorite seasonings or ground meats

 1lb of ground beef
  1 packet of chili seasoning
 some chopped onion
 Steak sauce (not pictured)
 salt and pepper

Step 2: Make the meat log

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mix all your ingredients and divide into equal portions, lay a piece of plastic wrap down and place a portion of the meat mix on the wrap, pull 1/3 of the wrap over the meat and make a tight cylinder then wrap the rest of the plastic wrap around the meat being sure to tuck in the ends before you reach the end. place the prepared meat logs in the freezer until frozen

Step 3: 1st cooking

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after the meat logs are firm and frozen take them from the freezer and place in a hard boiling pan or pot of water, cook at a hard simmer for 20minutes, remove from the water and let drain and cool for 10-15 minutes then place them back in the freezer

Step 4: 2nd cooking

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after the meat logs have completely cooled or frozen, remove the plastic wrap ( I usually just run a sharp knife down the length and peel it off) and place (still frozen) on a grill or as in this case a hot frying pan. I'm having peppers and onions on mine so they are in the pan as well.

Step 5: The roll

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While the meat and veggies are cooking its time to prepare the roll. I like hamburgers on hard rolls,I like sausages on hard rolls,  I like hard rolls for breakfast or for sandwiches, I just LIKE hard rolls !  Slice your roll open and remove some of the inside to make room for the cooked meat, peppers and onions, now lay down a couple pieces of cheese
Poderak3 months ago

The dish looks good. I will try this in the future.

l8nite (author)  Poderak3 months ago

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Poderak! The burger logs are really good when grilled, but they are also a conversation starter. People don't expect a sausage shaped hamburger, like I said in the "ible" I like using a hard roll but I've also served them in a wrap/tortilla and a pita shell as well as the regular hotdog roll !

Dbesinga9 months ago
Is it safe when you boil the meat logs with the plastic?
l8nite (author)  Dbesinga9 months ago

I'm not sure what you mean, as long as you use tongs or be careful as
you pour out the water it should be as safe as any other cooking method.
If you are concerned about leeching, you inhale more carcinogens in one
minute driving in traffic than can leech out of plastic in a year

It looks great.
danlynne073 years ago
what a good idea.i will try this soon.
l8nite (author)  danlynne073 years ago
Thank you for commenting ! When you try it please let us know what changes you make
Transquesta3 years ago
Man, that looks gu-u-uuud! Almost as good as my molten ham, egg and cheese triple Decker.

Not the healthiest food on the planet, but it'll make ya happy on the way to a coronary. :-)
l8nite (author)  Transquesta3 years ago
why is it that the best tasting foods are the least good for you? LOL..Thank you for commenting
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Wow. Yum.
l8nite (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
they ARE yum, whether as a plain burger log or with a flavoring like chili, taco or BBQ sauce, I've even done the 2nd cooking in the microwave for a quick sandwich on the go.. thank you for commenting