Cook Once, Eat Three Times

Looking for a recipe that lets you cook once and eat twice or even three times?  Here is a fun recipe that starts as a burger, then allows you to make some fun leftover recipes ensuring you don’t have any waste.  

Who knows, maybe you find some new ideas along the way to start fun family dinner traditions.  


Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC  |  Ace Hardware Grill Expert  |  Owner, 5280 Culinary

Yield: 6 Burgers
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15-20 Minutes

Ingredients – Ace This Burger

  • MeasureIngredient​​​​​​Prep Notes
  • lb​​Beef, Chuck, Ground​​​​​Divided into 6 patties
  • Taste​​Rub A Dub, 5280 Culinary​​​​Or Your favorite Rub​​​
  • 6 SlicesCheese, Cheddar, Sliced​​​
  • 6 ea​​Buns, Burger​​​​​​Or Texas Toast
  • As NeededLettuce, Tomato, Onion, Sweet Pickles​​for Burger Garnishes

Cooking Directions – Ace This Burger

  • Heat your Grill to high (approx. 450 degrees)
  • Divide the mixture into 6 balls and patty them out into a thin patty, use a press if available
  • Season outside of burgers with Rub a Dub, on both sides
  • Place the burgers onto pre heated grill, onto the grill grates
  • Sear the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side, then move to the upper rack to finish with the high heat and more indirect cooking
  • Cook Burgers to desired temperature
  • Lightly oil or pan spray the buns, then Toast the buns and hold
  • Serve on a platter with some Shredded Lettuce, Sliced Onion, Sliced Tomato and Sweet Pickles
  • DEVOUR!!

Leftover Recipe #1  Sloppy Joe Pastry Pockets:

INGREDIENTS: – Makes 8 Pastry Pockets

  • 2 Ea Burgers, Cooked – From Leftover Burgers
  • 6 Tbsp BBQ Sauce
  •  6 Tbsp Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  •  6 Tbsp Sautéed Onion – if desired
  •  1ea Tube – Biscuits – Large – 8ct

Cooking Directions:

  1. Crumble left over burger meat and place into a mixing bowl
  2. Add the Sauce and Cheese (and onions) to the crumbled burgers.  Mix well
  3. Open a tube of biscuit dough
  4. Flatten a Biscuit and stretch out to a small pancake size
  5. Place 1.5 Tbsp of beef and cheese filling into the middle of the pocket
  6. Fold the pocket like a taco
  7. Crimp the center of the taco fold
  8. Next crimp all the edges
  9. Place onto a cookie sheet pan (sprayed with cooking spray)
    • Space them out by 1” to allow room for expanding
  10. Preheat your oven to 375˚
  11. Place the cookie sheet of pastry pockets on the center rack
  12. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden
    • For more golden crust, brush lightly with melted butter

Leftover Recipe #2 – Stuffed Peppers:

INGREDIENTS: – Makes 4 Stuffed Peppers

  • 3 Ea Burgers, Cooked – From Leftover Burgers
  • ¾ Cup Tomato Sauce
  • ¾ Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¾ Cup Cooked Rice
  • 4ea Peppers, Green Bell

Cooking Directions:

  • Crumble left over burger meat and place into a mixing bowl
  • Add the sauce, cheese and rice to the crumbled burgers.  Mix well
  • Cut the top off a medium sized green pepper and scoop out the insides
  • Preheat your oven to 400˚
  • Place the pepper into a small or medium sized cake pan
    •  Depending on how many peppers you are making
  • Add the Burger/Sauce/Rice Mix into the pepper
    • Repeat for each pepper with the same amount of burger mix
  • Top with a small amount of shredded cheese if desired​​​
  • Lightly cover the peppers with foil
  • Place the pan of peppers on the center rack
  • Bake for 15 minutes, covered
  • Using oven mitts remove the pan from the oven and take off the foil
  • Place back in the oven and cook until the top is browned and the cheese is bubbling
    •  Approx 10 minutes
  • Using oven mitts remove the pan from the oven
  • Allow the peppers to rest for 2-3 minutes
  • Enjoy – caution – filling will be hot

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