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Recipe makes about 10 hamburger patties

How did you make the meatballs?

Summer Time Fun and Hamburgers

by Cherie Fresonke, @cheriefresonke
With summer time upon us and living in a foreign land we often barbecue American Hamburgers at summer events and teen hangouts. For this reason, I’m constantly asked, “How did you prepare ‘the meatball’?” Which, in Bulgaria, is in reference to the hamburger patty. So here it is, as promised to so many.


2 pounds (1 kilogram) Ground Beef
4 tablespoons Dried Onion Soup Mix (see recipe below)
1 tablespoon Dried Onions
1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (optional, sorry this secret ingredient is purchased from the States)
1 1/2 teaspoons Worchester Sauce
Baking Paper
Ziplock Baggies


Mix together the ground beef, dried onion soup mix, dried onions, liquid smoke (if you have it, no worries if you don’t) and Worchester Sauce.

Shape into about 4 inch (about 10 cm) flat hamburger patty. Barbecue and enjoy with hamburger buns and your choice of toppings which can include: cheddar cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, 1000 Island Dressing, Barbecue Sauce, etc.

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For Large Groups and Events

For large groups, ministry events or youth groups: Make the patties (“the meatballs”) ahead of time and freeze. Cut Baking Paper into 4 inch (about 10 cm.) squares. Stack hamburger patties with baking paper between each patty. Freeze. The night before the event move the hamburger putties to the refrigerator.

I like to barbecue the patties partially frozen. This makes it really easy to separate them and place them on the grill.

Dried Onion Soup Mix

Recipe makes enough for about 50 hamburger patties. But this recipe is also great for Onion Dip, crockpot recipes and casseroles. Use it in any recipe that calls for Dried Onion Soup Mix. I use a recipe I found on Just click on the link and it will take you to Dried Onion Soup Mix. Enjoy.


I’m looking forward to your comments. What are some of your favorite barbecue memories? Any from teen events or church fellowship times?



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