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Operation Don’t Go Broke: Burgers on a budget

This burger will fill your belly without emptying your wallet.
Anna Quesenberry The Broadside

Operation: Don’t Go Broke is devoted to bringing readers helpful tips on ways to save in college.
Sure you could go down to Pilot Butte and buy a burger, but it’s going to cost FOUR times as much as making your own gourmet burger at home.

Anna Quesenberry
The Broadside

Follow these steps to grill up a gourmet burger on a budget.

1 pound Ground Chuck
1 Egg
¼ cup Breadcrumbs
Seasoning Mixture: Sweet Mesquite, Garlic and Onion Powder, Ground Black Pepper

Mix ingredients and form into patties, being careful not to mess too much with meat.
A dimple in the center helps patties keep their form. Let patties set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
For best results, apply cold patties to a hot grill.

Flip patties one-two times tops.
Apply the cheese during the last few minutes of grilling.
Allow the meat to set while preparing toppings.
Prepare the burger just the way you like it.

$2.08 per Gourmet Burger

Tolera bun $0.33

1/4 lb. Beef chuck patty $0.62

Slice of cheese $0.25

Slice of bacon $0.29

Lettuce $0.14

Tomato $0.17

Onion $0.08

Mushrooms $0.20

Ingredients on-hand:

Bread crumbs




First year COCC nursing student, Anna Quesenberry is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.




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