Pool Room Bologna Burgers

Back in my college years I spent (too much) time at a local pool hall. It was quite the dive and that’s putting it pretty nicely. But I loved it. It was smoky, greasy, and definitely not fru-fru. Beer, pool and a simple menu that fit the atmosphere perfectly. Now, the menu might not have included pool room bologna burgers, but it should have. These are the perfect no-frills sandwiches. Don’t be shy with the Pool Room sauce, either. It’s got a nice kick and it’s messy. Remember my motto: messy is tasty.
Pool Room Bologna BurgersMake sure you have plenty of Pool Room sauce on hand. Slather up the bologna slices and buns real good. The biggest mistake would be to not achieve proper sauce dripping. It has to run down your chin, all over your hands, and down your arms. That’s why you don’t serve pool room bologna burgers with napkins – you’d need 40 of them. Grab a roll of paper towels instead.

Also try my fried BBQ bologna sandwiches. Bologna on a burger or sandwich is a beautiful thing!

Pool Room Bologna Burgers

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the bologna slices and sear on both sides.
  • Slather with the sauce and brown on both sides.
  • Toast buns if desired.
  • Slather buns with more sauce.
  • Add the bologna, cheese, onions, tomato and lettuce.
  • Serve with paper towels (or napkins, in a pinch)

Hawaiian Pork Burger

This Hawaiian pork burger is exactly why we should be eating more pork burgers. Packed with flavor and finished with great toppings, every bite was a treat. I could’ve opted to grill the pineapple, but I love the taste of fresh pineapple just as it is. That sweet flavor along with the tangy BBQ sauce really went along well with the slightly herby patties.
Hawaiian Pork BurgersI’d make these Hawaiian pork burgers again. And again. I do recommend using a BBQ sauce with a slight smoky flavor. And a little spiciness wouldn’t hurt either since you’ve got that wonderfully sweet pineapple slice to contrast it.

Also try my super-crazy-good pork burgers.

Hawaiian Pork Burger

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup minced green onion green parts only
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 green leaf lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices smoked ham sandwich meat

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the pork, green onion, ginger, allspice, and pepper.
  • Form into 4 equally-sized patties. Place on wax paper and refrigerate for up 2 hours.
  • Fire up your grill. Clean the grates well.
  • Lightly oil the outsides of the patties. Not much, just a bit so they don't stick.
  • Grill the patties on one side for 5 minutes.
  • Flip and continue cooking until done, reaching at least 145 F internally. I took mine to 160 F because some folks still aren't used to pink pork even though it's fine to consume.
  • Optionally, brush the patties with BBQ sauce and grill the pineapple rings. I find grilled pineapple rings to be prone to falling apart unless cooked on a griddle, so I usually skip grilling them.
  • Remove the patties and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toast your buns if desired.
  • Assemble the burgers by brushing BBQ sauce on the inside of the buns.
  • Top the bottom bun with the ham, followed by the lettuce and pineapple.
  • Add the pork burger and serve.

Copycat McDonald’s Cheddar Melt

“Bring it back!” “Bring it back!” That’s what a lot of folks are saying when they think about McDonald’s Cheddar Melt, which first came out around 2000, but it wasn’t available for long. But, so far, no luck. That’s when you have to step up and make it at home. And hey, to be honest.. it’s even better than I rememeber!

The real winning flavor on these McDonald’s Cheddar Melts is the onion and teriyaki mixture. It compliments the meaty burger and creamy cheddar sauce perfectly. I grilled my burgers because, well, that’s what I do, but you can also cook the burgers in the same pan that you cook the onions.
Copycat McDonald's Cheddar MeltThe cheese and onions are also perfect on hot dogs, so don’t be afraid to double or even triple the recipe. And hey, a dash or two of hot sauce isn’t a bad idea either. But don’t go crazy with it. You definitely do not want to hide the wonderful flavor of the toppings on these McDonald’s Cheddar Melts. Heck, you could just eat the cheese and onion with a spoon!

After enjoying a McDonald’s Cheddar Melt try a homemade Arch Deluxe. It’s crazy good too! If you’re in a hurry you’ll still have time to make a quick fix copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich.

McDonald's Cheddar Melt

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the cheese sauce

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted. butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Pinch each Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the onions

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoon teriyaki sauce store-bought or use my homemade version, below

For the burgers

  • 4 burger patties
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns

For the teriyaki sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

For the cheese sauce

  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  • Whisk in the flour until combined. Cook for 1-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Whisk in the milk and continue whisking for 3 minutes to thicken.
  • Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat to low until ready to use.

For the onions

  • Add oil to a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and saute until tender.
  • Stir in the teriyaki sauce.
  • Reduce heat to low until ready to use.

For the burger

  • Season burgers well with salt and pepper. Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. Optionally, you can cook the burgers in the same skillet as you cook the onions.
  • Grill burgers to desired doneness.
  • Toast buns if desired.
  • Assemble burgers by placing patties on buns. Top with cheese sauce and onion mixture.

For the teriyaki sauce.(makes more than you'll need for the burgers)

  • Place 3/4 cup water, ginger, garlic powder, brown sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • In a small cup or bowl combine 1/4 cup of water and the cornstarch. Whisk the mixture into the saucepan.
  • Heat until sauce is the desired thickness, about 3 minutes. If too thick whisk in a bit more water.