The Hamburger Plan

Here is my “Hamburger Plan”, probably one of my most used so far. I love having all of my favorite recipes in one place, and I find myself referring back to it often.

Game Plan

Since hamburger is loose and you don’t have to cut it up into different sections (such as chicken and turkey), it is much easier to handle in large quantities and very versatile. I make master recipes of some things that can be used in many recipes.

Here are many ideas pertaining to hamburger, “master recipes” are on the left, “secondary recipes” are indented – you assemble these from the master recipes. You can also freeze the portion of the master recipe that is required in the secondary recipe and assemble the secondary recipe on the day you want to eat it. I do this a lot when trying and/or learning new recipes.

Hamburger Plan Recipes:

  1. Hamburger Patties (use raw hamburger)
  2. Perdenales River Chili (make a BIG batch), also used in:
    • taco meat
    • 5-way chili
    • Burritos for the freezer
    • Ravioli filling
    • South of the Border lasagna
    • Deep Dish Mexican Pizza
    • Chili Pot Pies
    • Empanadas
  3. Freezer Stash Meatballs and
  4. Lean Meatballs, used in:
    • Italian Meatball Subs
    • Spaghetti and Meatballs
    • Easy Meatball Stew
    • School Night Meatball Soup
    • Meatball Minestrone
    • Baked Ziti and Meatball Casserole
    • Chili Meatball Supper
    • Scandinavian Meatballs
    • Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  5. Beef Porcupines
  6. Italian Meatloaf
  7. Italian Meatloaf sandwiches
  8. Mexican Meatloaf
  9. Bierrocks
  10. Cheeseburger turnovers
  11. Maid rites (crumbly hamburgers)
  12. Simple Salisbury Steak (Campbell’s soup recipe)
  13. BBQ Beef (Beanless Sloppy Joes)
  14. Easy goulash
  15. Tortilla mini Burgers

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Originally published by Kim Tilley, a tightwad at heart. Kim is a wife, a mother of three active boys and the founding editor of Frugal by force and later by choice, Kim cut her income by 60% to stay at with her children and discovered that anyone can live better for less. Her work has appeared in print publications such as The Tightwad Gazette. In her free time, she entertains herself by chasing kids and finding ways to create something from nothing!

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About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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