Daddy’s Hamburgers and Friday Faves

by heidi on February 1, 2013

With The Super Bowl blowing up television screens and beer kegs nationwide, there will be plenty of eyeballs glued to the screen. Will they be watching the game? Shhushing fellow T.V. watchers during the commercials? Or anxiously awaiting to judge the lip syncing skills of Beyonce? You go girl.

Daddy's Hamburgers || FoodieCrush

Sure that’s all part of the fun, but for wayyyyy more of us its all about the food. Americana at its gluttonous best with antacids and Ibuprofen on stand-by, ready to remedy too much revelry when the San Francisco 49ers come home with the ring. That’s right. My team is coming home with the big V.

Daddy's Hamburgers || FoodieCrush

The recipe for Daddy’s Hamburgers is an homage to the 49ers in a way. My grandparents immigrated to San Francisco, the only place they lived besides communist Germany and it’s where my dad was born and raised until he came to Utah to play college basketball and much to my mom’s distress, stayed because of the great hunting in Utah and Idaho. SF is in my family’s blood, it’s one of my favorite cities and the niners were always a special connection with my dad, the ultimate T.V. sports fan.

Watching 49er games with D was a ritual, not in a weird get dressed in a jersey way—which my husband has done for each game this season—but in a let’s get behind this team and show we care way. Somehow I married a niner’s fan, it was where we took our first trip together, and it’s now Smudge’s favorite team too. What a surprise, she’s such a daddy’s girl.

This is my dad’s specialty, one that when I called him to get the recipe, he had made just the night before! When my dad cooks, he is very precise, making even cuts of cheese squares to top basic hamburger topped french rolls or ciabatta. We still call them hamburgers even though they’re topped with cheese, because that’s how my dad has always done it.

It all looks way too simple to taste as delicious as it does. The secret is the pats of butter that melt down into the burger meat co-mingling with worcestershire sauce to create a juicy, lickable drip down each side of your cheering for the 49er’s gameface. (Please win. Please win.)

Daddy’s Open Faced Hamburgers

Yield: makes 8 open faced hamburgers

Daddy’s Open Faced Hamburgers


1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
4 small sourdough rolls or ciabatta, sliced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic salt
freshly ground black pepper
8 tablespoons butter, divided
8 slices medium Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to broil and place baking rack in middle of oven. Prepare a baking sheet with foil. Divide ground beef into 8 equal portions. Place rolls face up on baking sheet and form a patty of hamburger on each roll. Score the top of the burger patty, criss-crossing twice. Drizzle Worcestershire sauce on each patty then season each with garlic salt and pepper. Top each patty with a tablespoon pat of butter. Place in the oven and broil for 10 minutes for medium rare. Add a slice of cheese to each burger and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Time to dig into a pile of napkins, turn down the T.V. during the game and turn it up during the commercials, and take in some Friday Faves.

1. In honor of the 49er’s and my husband, you too need his new favorite hat, supporting and bringing awareness to breast cancer. What guy doesn’t look good in pink?

2. If hats aren’t your thing, then whilst planning your own football fashion forward wardrobe be sure to think about the day’s menu. Luckily you’ll need to look no further than Jessica’s totally comprehensive football friendly list of recipes. There’s only 135 to choose froml. Now what’s the spread on that?

3. This week’s blog crush: Natasha immediately put me under her spell with the mere words, “I topped each custard with four fluffy kisses of Swiss meringue, which I lightly torched to toasty. For a little crunch, I added hazelnut brittle, which has an intensely nutty flavor.” Oh is that all? If only I had a nugget of mixing like that. And then I scrolled through her photos. And then I got a lump in my throat thanks to my stomach doing back flips because it was so excited. Jump over to her blog, quick.

4. It seems like the discussion of blogger’s financial incentives for creating sponsored blog posts has been showing up everywhere I look lately. Dianne took a stab at exploring the topic of sponsored posts with Lori  who shares her successful recipe for working with brands. While I could have made practically an entire blog post from my possibly too enthusiastically lengthy comment, I appreciate Dianne giving us all the opportunity to continue the conversation. What do you think of sponsored posts, giveaways and advertising overall on blogs?

5. Have you discovered Vine App yet? I was a tad reluctant to join yet another social media outlet, but I must admit, I have a feeling I’m going to be hooked. Vine is a cross between Twitter’s truncated 140 character count, Instagram’s voyeuristic visual glimpse into other’s lives in video clips just 6 seconds long. And it’s a challenge to create them! I like the control of Videolicious better, but the creative challenge is addicting. The minuses to the app came in the first few days and included a shut down for a few days due to an unintended influx of porn and Facebook’s blockage of it being used on their site. Chickens. My first video took 4 tries. Way better than the night before’s idea that was totally scrapped. My second video featured my kitchen clean-up crew and obviously was taken in one take before it was licked clean. Come on, follow me to see where this new obsession goes.

6. I also downloaded the 30/30 app this week in hopes it will keep me focused on focusing and not going down the rabbit hole of social media discoveries. What do you do to keep focused. I’m up for any advice please!

7. I can be converted to pretty much anything if its in a pretty package. Does it have to be functional? Not necessarily, but so glad this soap is and therefore sits pretty in each of my bathrooms.

8. Have you seen The Super Bowl Puppy Predictions and the puppy cam? Puppy breath and spoiler alert: They’re WRONG I TELL YOU!

9. People ask me all the time what do I miss about living in Los Angeles. My typical answer is: the cheap ethnic food of every flavor, especially ramen; my nightly walks through the Venice canals with my dogs; and the friends I met and miss. But what about the shopping? Sure I had my favorite boutiques, but Rodeo Drive is not something I miss. But, AHA! I forgot about the Warehouse sale, where twice a year women of all shapes and sizes would strip down to their skivvies in makeshift aisles in a hangar at the Santa Monica airport  to try on designer duds at super discounted prices. My father in law went with us once and thought he’d become Jed Clampatt and struck oil watching all the those botoxed beauties in the buff. I got the BEST shoes there every year, several of which I still wear daily. Shoes are the one thing you never cheap out on in a wardrobe. And now the Warehouse Sale will be available all year long, 365. I can’t wait to go shoe shopping.

10. Our final Super Bowl homage goes to wings. Did someone mention wings? Thanks to Lenny & Denise for they’re spicy, sweet, buffaloed, sticky, barbequed win round-up. I’m in.

Happy Superbowl everybody, and may the best Harbaugh win.

Thanks for reading and please keep in touch. This post includes affiliate shopping links of which I receive a small percentage of sales to help keep this blog and magazine going so thanks for your support. Subscribe to FoodieCrush and follow me on TwitterFacebookPinterest and check out FoodieCrush magazine.


Posted in: entrees,friday faves,meat and seafood,recipes,sandwiches

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathryn February 1, 2013 at 7:12 am

Oh those burgers look totally epic. Want!


Jenna February 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

Sounds and looks wonderful. So sweet your little smudge is a niners fan now too.


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 1, 2013 at 7:54 am

Um, I’m sorry, is that BUTTER on top of those burgers?? WANT.

Also I recently discovered Natasha’s blog, too, and I have a huge crush on it already! So much gorgeousness.

Happy Friday, Heidi!


heidi February 1, 2013 at 8:47 am

I know!! Right??


Maria February 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

Caleb loved watching your video on Vine. Thank you for entertaining him for an hour:)


heidi February 1, 2013 at 8:48 am

That is so funny because Smudge kept showing him off to her friends in your yogurt video! BFFs forever.


barbara @ pane-burro blog February 1, 2013 at 8:08 am

Oh my, these burgers are just mouthwotering! I’m starving!!


Deborah February 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

We are on the same wavelength today with burger love! These look insanely delicious – love the butter trick!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

great looking Heidi!


Kristen February 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

30/30 has helped me tremendously!
Oh my gosh those burgers? Can’t wait to try them. Give your daddy a hug for these creations, please!


Amanda February 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

Love these… I am a huge fan of delicious burgers!!! :)


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

omg, these hamburgers look amazing!!! definitely going to try this recipe!!


Bev @ Bev Cooks February 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

Those burgers are absolutely stunning. Only thing missing is my entire face.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

Those burgers look incredible!


carrian February 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

These look amazing. Heaven knows Cade will love them. Happy weekend, Heidi!


Betty Ann @Mango_Queen February 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

Oh these burgers are killing me. I cannot read these posts before lunch, when will I learn?! Seriously, thanks for sharing these terrific hamburger ideas and the Friday faces! TGIF!


Elizabeth February 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

It was so lovely to meet you at Alt! I’m only sorry I didn’t get to see more of you. And this post is just brimming with fodder for a great weekend. Those burgers look incredible–what a unique take on cooking them! Lastly, I’m pulling for the working dogs in the puppy bowl and hoping that everyone has a good time.


Natasha February 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for crushing on my blog this week! I’m so happy to be in your faves.

I love that your dad puts a pat of butter on top of each patty. Butter is always better. I think he’s a genius! These look delicious!


Rebecca {Foodie with Family} February 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Okay wait. So your dad tops the buns with burgers and the burgers with butter and then bakes them all together? I love your dad. Big time.


heidi February 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Rebecca, I agree with you about my dad. I love him too. ;)


Annalise February 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Burgers are one of my most favorite things. My last meal would be a really great burger and a big plate of fries. And now I might have to amend that to include your Dad’s recipe, because these burgers look totally kick-ass. The worchestershire sauce, the butter, it all just sounds amazing!


heidi February 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I can’t wait for Super Bowl Sunday to make them again!


Jaci February 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Omg those burgers look AHMAZINNNGGGH

Go ‘niners

Jaci from Imperial MO


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen February 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

I heart family recipes! These look like the BOMB.


Jenny (vintagesugarcube) February 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Those burgers look absolutely scandalous!


carla tipton February 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

I guess I don’t know what I am doing….where is the wonderful hamburger recipe??


heidi February 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Hi Carla, the link is in the text, and again here. Give them a try, they’re delicious


Rabia February 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

These look absolutely delicious! My husband likes his burgers well done – how long should I leave them under the broiler for well done?


Last Girl Standing February 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

The recipient mentions making medium-rare burgers. Is it possible to up the time to make medium or do you think they’d be less delicious? Or perhaps the bun would burn? Looks delicious otherwise!


heidi February 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Sure, just cook them a few minutes longer or until desired doneness.


Ginger February 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

Can you use just regular hamburger buns? Thanks


Laura February 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Would I broil on low or high?


Lorna April 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

The buns got soggy, but these were still pretty good. Definitely had good flavor!


Celeste June 5, 2014 at 12:24 am

It’ѕ ɑmazing designed for me to have ɑ site,
ԝҺich is valuable in favor of my know-how. thanks


Joyce July 21, 2014 at 5:26 am

are you quite sure about ” tablespoon of butter” ????? thats ALOT of butter, I was wondering-by the thickness of the butter in the picture- if you really meant teaspoon. The burgers look delish and I am anxious to make them …Thanks for the share


Kelly October 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

for your hamburgers it says preheat to broil? Do you broil or preheat to a certain tempature?


heidi October 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I set it to broil, let it get hot and then broil them.


KcMookie October 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

Wait, what? You are criticizing the fact that she might have cleaned up for presentations sake? Shrinkage of patties? Who knows using this method, I imagine the scoring has something to do with.

I bet you are tons of fun at parties too.


David October 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

How does the under side of the hamburger and the bun which has raw hamburger and it’s juice on it get done enough to be safe?


mike October 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

What am I missing? The raw burgers look like they are at least 6 oz. The recipe says to divide 1 lb. burger into 8 portions. That would make a 2 oz. with 1/2 oz of butter on it. The recipe and pictures don’t match up if I’m reading it right.


Anna M. October 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I had the same thought on the burger size. But comparing them to the other items shown and looking at the cook time, they seem to be sliders. The presentation photos are definitely not a tablespoon of butter, but you get that a lot on food blogs. I think I’ll try them with 1/2 a tablespoon and see how it goes.


heidi October 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

It depends on the size of bread or buns you’re using as to the exact amount of burger you put on the bun.


Pam Feir October 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

One pound of meat for 8 burgers makes 2 ounce burgers. Is that the correct size??do people eat more than 1???
In advance, thanks for responding.


heidi October 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

You can certainly eat more than one burger, I usually only eat one. The size of the patty will depend on the size of your roll, so my rolls worked for 2 ounces each. Yours may vary.


Pam Feir October 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

One pound of meat for 8 burgers makes 2 ounce burgers and 10 minutes on broil is a long time. Please let me know if 2 ounce burgers are the correct size. Thanks


Lorrie November 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

I cooked for 10 minutes and the bread burnt, any suggestions?


heidi November 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Did you place it in the middle of the stove or close to the broiler? It could have been too close.


V November 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Made these tonight for dinner and they came out PERFECT.. and quite delicious! I used English Muffins and made 4 burgers that were 1/4 lb each. I seasoned with onion salt instead of garlic and left out the Worcestershire Sauce (I love it in meatloaf but not in burgers!). I scored the burgers and put the pat of butter on top. I broiled them on HIGH for 10 min exactly, removed them, topped them with cheese and then just put them back in for 1 more minute (I also put the tops of the English Muffins face down on the sheet pan to crisp up a little. I don’t think I’ll make burgers any other way again! The bottom English Muffin was crisp and full of burger juice/butter (I could have eaten a plate full of those!) and the burgers were a perfect medium rare throughout. Best part- not having to clean up a greasy stovetop! Great recipe.. thanks!


Kanmani November 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm

oh it’s perfect .I like it very much :)


Carole November 29, 2014 at 6:55 am

I make something like this. We add eveperated milk, velveta cheese, onion, ground beef. Love this!!!!


Leave a Comment

Current ye@r *

{ 5 trackbacks }