Poor-Man’s Steak (or Stuffed Hamburger)

by Tammy Taylor~

Tonight I’ll attempt a dish RancherMan & I enjoyed at a restaurant over the weekend called ‘Poor-Man’s Steak’. It was a thick 7″-8″ serving of hamburger stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It was served on a bed of fried potatoes with brown gravy drizzled over the whole shebangie. (a real man-pleasing meal, that’s for sure!) RancherMan has raved about it ever since. Let’s see how close I can come to that dish today.

Poor-Man's Steak - a thick serving of hamburger stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It's served on top of fried potatoes & topped with brown gravy. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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I’ll be using ground venison instead of hamburger, so I pulled the ground venison from the freezer last night to thaw in the fridge. Today with the venison thawed I rehydrated some dehydrated cubed potatoes by covering the cubes with water & allowing to rehydrate for about an hour. I’ve already got homemade broth in the fridge for making the gravy. I’ll thicken it with cornstarch.

When it’s time to pull the dish together I’ll make the stuffed meat using leftover chopped grilled onions, bell pepper & jalapeno & some shredded pepper jack cheese. While the meat’s cooking I’ll drain & fry the rehydrated cubed potatoes & then make gravy out of homemade broth.  Let’s see how it all comes together:

Poor-Man's Steak - a thick serving of ground meat stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It's served on top of fried potatoes & topped with brown gravy. #TaylorMadeHomestead
Poor-Man's Steak - a thick serving of ground meat stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It's served on top of fried potatoes & topped with brown gravy. #TaylorMadeHomestead
Poor-Man's Steak - a thick serving of ground meat stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It's served on top of fried potatoes & topped with brown gravy. #TaylorMadeHomestead
Poor-Man's Steak - a thick serving of ground meat stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It's served on top of fried potatoes & topped with brown gravy. #TaylorMadeHomestead

It was absolutely delicious and RancherMan raved.  I was disappointed though that in an effort to make sure my venison was well done, much of the shredded cheese inside melted away during cooking.  So I thought next time I’d put a small cube of cheese in the middle instead of shredding the cheese, although RancherMan implores: “Don’t change a thing!”

One of my oh-so-smart FB friends suggested: You have to seal the patties REALLY well. That, and sear them then steam them. The meat cooks quicker and the cheese tends to stay put better.”  Maybe I’ll try that instead…

Anyway, here’s the recipe!

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Poor-Man's Steak (ie: Stuffed Hamburger)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground meat (I used ground venison)
  • Chopped onions/bell peppers to taste (I used about 1/2 cup total)
  • Chopped jalapenos to taste (I used 3)
  • 4 oz Shredded Cheese (I used pepper jack cheese)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Grill the onions, bell peppers & jalapenos on a griddle coated with bacon grease & set aside.

  2. Season ground beef with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper & 1/2 teaspoon onion powder.


  3. Separate the 2 lbs of ground meat into sections of just under 1/4 lb each, resulting in 10 halves (5 burgers).

  4. Flatten meat sections & add the sauteed peppers & onions to the middle of half the patties. Add about 1-2 tablespoons shredded cheese on top of the sauteed veggies. (next time I may cube the cheese so it doesn't all melt & run off during cooking)

  5. Fry each side until done - about 5-6 minutes each side.

  6. Serve them on a bed of fried potatoes and ladle on brown gravy.

Recipe Notes

These burgers are thicker than normal so it takes a little longer to cook them. I cooked each side about 5-6 minutes so I could make sure it was well done all the way through.

~TMH~

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8 thoughts on “Poor-Man’s Steak (or Stuffed Hamburger)

  1. Greg Hill

    Hey Howdy there Texas Tammy from ~TMH~ Now that’s looking mighty scrumptious to me , I’ll be taking notes on this one as I need something like this every once in a while. I like the Hamburgers and stuffed ones would suit me well no Bread rapped around it. Has much as I love bread I have to keep it under control. My wife being Japanese and loving rice like I like my potatoes will get hers on top of rice. Gravy would be good for sure But again I must keep that under control as well, so once in a while too. Thanks for the share about the Poor Mans Stake. Will be doing this sometime next week … : >) P.S. Sorry , not able to do the jalapeno…. Dangerous….lol

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Well Howdy Greg! This is one of RancherMan’s favorite meals too. Last night I minced the jalapenos but kept them separate from the bell pepper & onion mixture. I asked our guests who wanted them eliminated from their serving, but all wanted them so I tossed it into the mix. But the jalapeno was so mild I daresay no one could even tell it was in there! A little disappointing to me, but probably perfect for our guests. And I’m with ya on the gravy – everything in moderation. I make a lower-fat gravy by taking the broth and thickening it into a gravy consistency, so I don’t feel near as guilty indulging from time to time. 🙂 ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      So ironic that you write this today, Ken. We are expecting out-of-town family for several days so I just picked up the ingredients to make this poor-man’s steak. RancherMan absolutely loves it! ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      RancherMan doesn’t have a picky palate so he eats whatever I cook and usually complements it as well. (What a thoughtful hubby!) But when he raves on & on for hours about supper – well that recipe’s a keeper for sure, Ann! ~TMH~

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