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Sauerbraten Burgers

Tired of the same old, hum-drum, hamburger? Try a “Teutonized” twist!


  • 1/2 cup gingersnaps (crushed, 8 cookies)
  • 8 ozs tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsps brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps white vinegar
  • 2 tbsps water
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • pepper


  1. Reserve 2 tbsp of the crushed gingersnaps.
  2. Combine remaining gingersnaps, 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce, onions, raisins, and salt.
  3. Add meat; mix well.
  4. Shaped into four 1.2 in thick patties.
  5. Brown in skillet; drain off fat.
  6. Combine remaining tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, water, mustard and pepper.
  7. Pour over burgers.
  8. Cover; simmer for 10-15 minutes, spooning sauce over meat.
  9. Remove burgers.
  10. Stir the reserved 2 tbsp into sauce in skillet.
  11. Cook until bubbly.
  12. Return burgers to skillet; heat thoroughly.

Steve D.


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