Introduction: Unemployment Burger

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The unemployment burger is something that just happened when I was unemployed. It's a cheap and tasty version of a hamburger when to make ends meat.

Step 1: The Ingredients

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1 medium to large size potato
a few tablespoons of flour
some soul food seasoning
olive or vegetable oil

Step 2: Shred Potato

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Using some sort of grating device shred the potato into many tiny pieces

Step 3: Squeeze the Out Some Juices

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Over the sink squeeze out some of the juices from the shredded potato.

Step 4: Mix

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Put the shedded potato in a bowl and mix with soul food seasoning, some flour and a little pepper. Mix.

Step 5: Form Into Patty

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You are now at meat stage. Form it into a patty, just like you would a hamburger.

Step 6: Cooking

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Warm some oil into a pan for cooking. Frying the unemployment burger takes frying skills which should accompany all frying. Too hot and the it will not cook the inside and you may burn the outside. Too little heat and the unemployment burger becomes soggy with oil. Another thing to remember is patience. If you play around with it too much in the frying stage it will break up and not have enough time to form the cristy french fry-like crust.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

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When finished cooking, prepare it for consumption as you would any meat burger. As an unemployment burger it is usually accompanied with ketchup and mustard (from fast food packets) on two slices of white bread. Here it is shown with turkey bacon and cheddar cheese, with a side of mango salsa and two olives. Other recommended condiments are mayonaise, salsa, relish and/or hot sause. Enjoy


rosewood513 (author)2013-09-05

Ah ha! you just invented the potato pancake. I have been making these for decades, I put an egg in it though. Good recipe though really, :)

angelgabriel (author)2012-12-21

Add 1/2 pound of ground sirloin with three slices bacon and this would be awesome! Lol (author)2009-03-04

No wonder you don't have any money for burger. You spent it all on green olives, premium buns, ham and cheddar cheese. And what's that peaches and pimentos mix there? I bought a jar of green olives recently. Not exactly cheap, and not a necessity.... hahahahahahahahahaha I bet it would be good if you mixed a scrambled egg into the potato mixture, topped with ketchup. going to try the hash browns.


radiorental (author)2005-12-14

This is awesome!! I wish I had known about the unemployment burger when I was unemployed. I asked the maid to throw in a little curry powder and some cheese along with the pepper. Its mighty tastey and so quick to make. Thank you!

vw57dlx (author)radiorental2009-10-04

Maybe he is talking about his mom or girlfriend/wife?

DNMEBOY (author)radiorental2008-11-15

Unemployed and Maid..... Must be nice to go from unemployed to now having a maid. Im thinking when you were unemployed you weren't exactly poor either lol. Nice instructable though Looks tasty. When I am poor and in serious need of food I eat potted meat sandwiches. 33 cents a can or 3 for a dollar at the dollar store. Each can will make 2 or three sandwiches. Not the best tasting stuff though. I wonder if there are any instructables on here using potted meat lol.

jackfr0st (author)radiorental2007-11-03

did u just use unemployed and maid in the same thouhgt? lol

guy90 (author)2009-09-26

Thanks for the upload, defo going to try one of these.

ItsTheHobbs (author)2009-06-12

Heh heh. to make ends MEAT. lol

jifblumoon (author)2006-02-18

and you get a potato latka with sesoning!

sarrrrrah (author)jifblumoon2009-03-08

Ha, just what I was thinking.

Dragon Maze (author)2008-09-27

Or, if you add butter as the main condiment a rather intriguing "American" Chip Butty! Mmmmmm Chip Butties.... *salivates* Add a tiny bit of Marmite and I'm there!

ghicken (author)2007-11-21

Looks good. But does it taste like a hash brown or like potatoes?

Gakki (author)ghicken2007-12-22

*rubs eyes* But... has browns... are potatoes.

thyubernoob (author)Gakki2008-09-23

Nooooo, there not the same! They have different names! DOH........... LOL

FreshPineSent (author)ghicken2008-02-16


lemonie (author)2007-01-28

My unemployed mate used to survive on rice & peas and stock-cubes, then rice and stock-cubes, then just rice...

Wolf Seril (author)lemonie2007-11-08

At least they never had to survive on just stock cubes :)

Mr. Silent (author)2007-07-28

Hey, we have the same hind of grater :) (author)Mr. Silent2007-09-25

my mom has that one too... funny I was really wanting it the other night when i was making my ginger-ale. Any idea where to find one?

mcadwell (author)2007-09-09

This isn't too far off from kartoffelpuffers (German Potato Pancakes). Now I'm hungry for them with a little pancake syrup.

Digital_Anarchy (author)2007-07-10

this would be awsome with a fried egg and a rasher or two of bacon inside a (english) muffin. you could have mushrooms and tomatoes to make an english breakfast burger. anglo-american perfection.

haoran (author)2007-07-06

Duuuude! This is very similar to the coolest hashbrown recipe of all time. You've got cheese there in picture 1. Grate the cheese, and mix in it with the potato and flour mixture. In step 6, you've got to have the meanest frying-skillz (or a non-stick pan). And then you've got the tastiest hashbrown you've ever tasted in your life.

klee27x (author)2006-05-12

If it was just a big hash brown, would there be this many posts? It's a big hash brown with an awesome title.

static (author)klee27x2007-05-22

My first thought was similar to the seasoned hash brown patties/ potato cakes in the supermarket frozen foods section. Those are relatively inexpensive, but maybe a few cents can be saved from making them from scratch. IMO that would depend on the cost of the packaged seasoning used here, what has to be the most expensive ingredient. Anyway a good recipe presentation.

Tazzz (author)2006-11-25

BRAVO. My burger anxiety is no more.

parasymboligist (author)2006-07-29

that is awesome.

lepersconslayer (author)2006-05-30

hes got a point. thanks jakob for awesome idea i love potatos and a big flat seasend potato is even better!!!

cheyye (author)2006-04-06

It's a big hash brown...

phil (author)2006-03-22

Just made these with optional egg addition and ground chipotle pepper for seasoning. Worked great! Mmmm, potatoes for dinner!

VolcanoUSA (author)2006-02-08

Add a little egg (helps hold the potatoes together) and you've got a latke sandwich..good stuff!

nukeUser (author)2006-02-04

this is what we call a fancy lunch in Hawaii. Spam spam spam. Seriously - it's on the McD's menu here.

brob (author)2006-01-31

lol at "the maid"

DillDoe (author)2006-01-06

I guess you don't need fries with that :D

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