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

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

Step 2: Shred Potato

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

Step 3: Squeeze the Out Some Juices

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

Step 4: Mix

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

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

Step 6: Cooking

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

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



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    35 Discussions


    5 years ago on Step 7

    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, :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Add 1/2 pound of ground sirloin with three slices bacon and this would be awesome! Lol

    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.

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    13 years ago

    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!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Step 7

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

    Dragon Maze

    10 years ago on Step 7

    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!


    12 years ago

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

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    Mr. Silent

    11 years ago on Step 2

    Hey, we have the same hind of grater :)