This recipe has been modified from the Zondervan Cookbook that my sister gave me as a wedding shower gift (Thanks, Michelle!) We just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary yesterday, so I have been making this for a long time. I will be honest in telling you that it was never one of my favorites, but Mark and the boys love this meal. Then I realized that I don’t like ketchup and that is probably why I didn’t really like hamburger doolollies. Sometimes the obvious escapes me. Why not make mine with mustard? Now I enjoy them as much as the boys. We also added some spices and toppings to customize it to our taste. The nice thing about this recipe is that each doolollie can easily be customized to accommodate each family member's favorite toppings.
Making Hamburger Doolollies is also a great way to stretch meat in your meal. Three hamburger patties are enough to feed all of us in this meal. When we eat hamburgers as a meal, my family eats six hamburger patties. Whole wheat sandwich bread is also cheaper than whole wheat hamburger buns. I'm not saying it is a replacement for hamburgers, but if your family likes hamburgers I think they will like this less expensive alternative.
10 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
+/- 1 lb. lean hamburger (3 of my hamburger patties)
grill seasoning, optional*
cheese of your choice, sliced or shreddedthin sliced onion
sweet bell peppers (raw or roasted), optional
Desired Additional Toppings After Baking:
Spread the hamburger in a thin layer on each piece of sandwich bread (pictured above). Sprinkle hamburger with grill seasoning if desired and fry in a preheated medium heat skillet, meat side down. Cook until hamburger is browned. Place meat topped bread on a sprayed baking sheet, meat side up. Top with cheese, onion, peppers, and mark an X with ketchup if using (pictured below). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted, ketchup is bubbly, and bread is toasted. Serve hot with desired additional toppings.
*David and I LOVE grill seasoning (I have used McCormick or Aldi brand), but Mark and Jon aren't crazy about it. If you like grill seasoning on your hamburger, you will like it on these. You could also switch up the spices and try oregano and garlic salt if you prefer.