So here is the scoop on the Stuffed Burger Bundles, which my family calls Burger Pods. Why pods? Well, they sort of look like alien pods and it was our way to poke fun at the ugly but so tasty dinner meal. This is my favorite meal that my mom makes and I hope that you will trust me. Ready for the recipe?
A ball of stuffing is covered in a thin mixture of ground beef and evaporated milk, which makes it really tender and delicious. A mushroom gravy coats the bundles while they bake and makes the most delicious sauce. Serve the bundles and extra sauce over egg noodles with a side of veggies.
Typically I make my stuffing from scratch, just using torn up white bread, diced celery, poultry seasoning and a little chicken broth to moisten it so it will form a ball. If you would prefer you can use a box mix for stuffing, just try to get one that tastes really good.
Having made this a dozen times myself, I will say that it is easiest to use a small plate to flatten out the ground beef into a thin patty, place the stuffing in the middle, and wrap the meat around it. Previously I had just used my hands and no plate, and it is a lot trickier to handle and the meat can get too thick. We want to make sure that the meat is just thick enough to hold the bundles together. If it gets too thick, it takes a lot longer to cook and it can get a bit tough.
Those are my tips, I hope you enjoy it if you try it. Happy eating!
Note: I recommend doubling to sauce mixture, however the original recipe is below. Also, do not use regular milk as a substitution for evaporated milk. I have tried this and it makes the meat tough and not very tasty. We usually double the bundle ingredients, and triple the sauce ingredients to make larger bundles/ more bundles, but I wanted to post the original recipe here.
Stuffed Burger Bundles
Makes 5 bundles
- 1 cup packaged herb-seasoned stuffing mix
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 10 1/2-ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- Prepare stuffing according to package directions.
- Combine evaporated milk and meat; divide in 5 patties. On waxed paper, pat each to 6-inch circle.
- Put 1/4 cup stuffing in center of each; draw meat over stuffing; seal. Place in 1 1/2-quart casserole.
- Combine remaining ingredients; pour over meat.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 45 minutes.