Monday, February 25, 2013

Crockpot Hamburgers in Gravy & Menu Monday

Recently, I posted how to cook ground beef in the crock pot (aka slow cooker), and it got me to thinking...what about hamburger patties in the crock pot?  I wasn't sure if it would work or not, I was afraid the patties would just fall apart, but they didn't!  It actually worked out well.  I started with lean frozen hamburger patties...
Excuse my terrible cell phone picture. The patties look gross and freezer burned, but they weren't. 
 I stacked 6 patties in my crock pot (with a liner - completely optional, it just makes clean up so easy!)  I added hamburger seasoning, water and beef bouillon. (You could use a cup of beef broth or beef consomme)  I would have added onions too, but I was out.  I let them cook for 6 hours on high.
If you have a packet of gravy mix, or a can of Cream of Mushroom, you could go ahead and add those too, I would think.  I, however, didn't have either of those (can you tell I needed to go to the store!), so I removed the hamburgers at the end of the cook time and added the liquid to a skillet. To the liquid (basically beef broth, because I used lean ground beef), I added homemade cream of chicken and brought it to a boil so it would thicken up.  I then put the hamburger in the skillet with the gravy and let it all simmer together while I got the sides done and table set, etc.  It only took a few minutes.  As you can tell, I'm not a gravy connoisseur.  If you actually know how to make gravy, you may be able to do it all in the crock pot and skip this step, or make the gravy and add to it.  This is just what worked for me with the stuff I had on hand.

Crock Pot Hamburgers in Gravy

Lean Beef Hamburger Patties (I used 6)
1 cup water 
1 tsp beef bouillon 
homemade cream of chicken (equivalent to 1 can)
salt and pepper - to taste

Place patties (mine were frozen, I think you would need to reduce cook time if using fresh) in crock pot with water and beef bouillon (or beef broth). Cook on high for 6 hours.  Remove patties and use broth to make gravy. Add broth to skillet and add homemade cream of chicken soup, bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until thickened.  Add hamburgers, stir, and add salt and pepper as needed.  I don't like to add salt at the beginning of a dish in the crock pot, b/c sometimes it ends up way too salty.

NOTES: As stated above, you could probably make the gravy in the pot with the patties if you have prepared Cream of Chicken, Cream of Mushroom, Golden Mushroom, gravy mix, etc.  Also, this is a very basic version of hamburgers in gravy.  If your family likes mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic, etc., have at it! 

I served this with Cauliflower Gratin, which I somehow managed not to take a single picture of, and canned green beans. We love some canned green beans.  Exciting, I know.


Something new I am trying to do is MENU PLAN! I don't know about y'all, but for me, it's hard and time consuming!  However, it really helps me out during the week to have a plan.  Granted, it often changes, but at least I have a general idea of what I want to make based on the ingredients I have on hand.  I base our meals for the week on what is already in the pantry/freezer and then make a list of things I need to get to finish out a recipe.  I've been doing menu plans since January, and thought I would begin to post them on the blog.  Maybe it will help someone else out!  I can also keep up with what I have made, what worked, etc.  So here goes...

Monday - Chicken & Dumpling Casserole (I have a rotisserie chicken in the fridge that I am going to use)
Tuesday - Sausage, Egg & Biscuit Breakfast Casserole (We love breakfast for dinner. I have some homemade turkey sausage in the freezer.)
Wednesday - Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken (hopefully I will make homemade buns to put it on, but we'll see how that goes!)
Thursday - leftovers or pasta
Friday - French Bread Pizzas (loaf of bread in freezer, easy homemade pizza sauce in fridge)
Saturday & Sunday - I've left open because I don't know what our plans are yet.

If you do not have time to menu plan, you should check out Eat at Home's Weekly Meal Plans.  She does all the work for you!  You get a slow cooker AND traditional menu plan each week, emailed to you, with a grocery list, printable recipes, side dish suggestions and more, for only $4 a MONTH!  

So what about you? Do you plan out your meals or just wing it?

I am linking this recipe up at (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaHolly's Stamping AddictionThe Dedicated HouseHomemaker on a Dime,Delightfully DowlingSkip to my LouProject InspireMaking the World CuterMrs. Happy HomemakerI Should Be Mopping the FloorThis Gal CooksWatch Out, Martha!My Favorite Finds (Tuesday) Snappee TurtleNaptime CreationsMandy's Recipe BoxPocket Change Gourmet,  33 Shades of GreenBlessed with GraceZentmrs. & The Mr., Memories By the Mile (Wednesday) Fluster BusterSemi Homemade MomAdorned from AboveLady Behind the CurtainGinger Snap CraftsHungry Little GirlNaptime is My Time (Thursday)Designed DecorTaste and Tell,  Miz Helen's Country CottageThe Mandatory Mooch,  The Busy Bee's(Friday) Not Your Ordinary Recipes,  Simple Living and EatingJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better Baker,CraftionaryMummy DealsOne Artsy MamaThe Best Blog RecipesOne Creative Mommy  (Saturday) Sassy Little Lady Lemons for Lulu,  Or So She Says...Six Sisters' Stuff, (Sunday) Mommy's Sweet Confessions  

19 comments:

  1. I love this idea! What a world of interesting possibilities opens up with this one!

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  2. Cool idea my dear! I bet my boys would love this!!

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  3. I'm amazed at all the things you can cook in a crockpot. Very cool!

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  4. I love that idea! That is something my husband would LOVE!! We may have to try that this week.
    Happy Tuesday,
    Laurie
    Lulu and Daisy

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  5. oh wow...love the recipe and will have to try that. always looking for crock pot recipes. found you on the tempt my tummy blog hop.

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  6. Wow! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at MTM.

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  7. This looks so good!!! Pinning this one for sure! Visiting you from Pocket Change Gourmet.

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  8. I love the idea of making burgers in a crock pot. I'm going to try this one, it looks yummy b

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  9. I never thought of doing burgers in the crock. Great idea!

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  10. we had burgers last night!
    I baked them in the oven but the crock pot looks like a great idea :0)
    Heather @ www.adventureswithfour.com

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  11. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog! I look forward to reading more.

    You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  12. Looks like a yummy recipe. I found you at Whip it up Wednesday. Your blog is delightful and I'm a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my place when you have a chance. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on the Oreo Cake! When I clicked the link to yours, I was instantly smiling because "mo betta" is something my sister says all the time. I will always think of her when I come here. :) This recipe was the first one I clicked on because it was so intriguing--I love this! It reminds me of salisbury steak--who knew you could do it in the crockpot?!

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    1. That's so funny b/c I got "mo'betta" from my brother!

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  14. Hi Kim,
    This looks like pure comfort food to me, perfect for a cold winter day. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  15. Wow, this looks very easy and so yummy! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

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  16. What a great, "I need to get out the door" kinda of recipe. Come home and you have a hearty meal. Thanks for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

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  17. My picky eater husband would so eat this! and I love anything that requires a crock pot!! :) Thanks so much for linking this up at my Show Off Your Shell Party!

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