Hamburger recipe

Want Ernest Hemingway’s Burger Recipe? Yeah you do

By Jon Graef In food to October 6, 2013 4:45 P.M.

Recently, food writer Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan about to try and find the burger recipe of legendary Oak Park author Ernest Hemingway after reading how Hemingway’s digital documents from his home in Cuba were given at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Spoiler alert: she found it. Do you want it ? Yeah, you do.

Here is the recipe, via Open Culture:


1 lb lean ground beef

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 small green onions, finely chopped

1 heaped teaspoon, Indian relish

2 tablespoons of capers

1 heaping teaspoon, island sage with spices

Beau Monde Island Seasoning with Spices – 1/2 teaspoon

Spiced Island Mei Yen Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

1 egg, beaten in a cup with a fork

About 1/3 cup of dry red or white wine

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

What to do-

Break up the meat with a fork and scatter the garlic, onion, and dry seasonings over it, then mix them into the meat with a fork or your fingers. Let the bowl of meat sit out of the cooler for ten or fifteen minutes while you set the table and prepare the salad. Add the relish, capers, everything else, including the wine, and let the meat sit, marinate quietly, for another ten minutes if possible. Now prepare your fatty and juicy patties with your hands. The patties should be an inch thick and have a soft, but not runny, texture. Heat the oil in your frying pan but do not smoke when placing the patties in it, then lower the heat and fry the burgers for about four minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and turn up the heat again. Turn the burgers over, put the pan back on the hot heat, then after a minute, lower the heat again and cook for another three minutes. Both sides of the burgers should be crispy brown and the middle pink and juicy.

Read Tan’s extraordinary article about his discovery at Paris review blog.