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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ollie Trolley Burgers

I pulled this from the archives because I wanted a really good hamburger. Really, what's the first thing you normally cook on the grill when the weather gets warm? Middle of March and it's over 80 degrees. You bet I'm firing up the grill.

Years ago there was a "sit down" fast food chain by the name of Lum's. You know a step above McDonald's and a step below Outback Steak House. Lum's had two items on their menu that I thought were fabulous, their hot dogs steamed in beer with sauerkraut and the "Ollie Burger".

The hot dogs are pretty self explanatory, throw a bag of sauerkraut in a pot add a bottle of beer, plop in the hot dogs, put a lid on and steam until the hot dogs swell up. Serve on steamed buns with your favorite mustard.

The Ollie Burgers were really, really good with lots of flavor and very moist.

Ollie Trolley Burger
6 burgers depending how big you like them
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2 pounds ground round or chuck, whatever is on sale
3 tablespoons lemon juice (not the bottled please)
1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon A-1 Sauce
1 Tablespoon Corn or vegetable oil
1/2 cup beef stock or broth
1 teaspoon Heinz 57 Sauce
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon vinegar

Shape patties about 3/4 to 1 inch thick and 4-inches to whatever you like round.

Mix the remaining ingredients.

Place patties in a covered container and pour marinate mixture over them. Cover tightly and refrigerate 12 to 24 hour, longer is better. Turn patties frequently, DO NOT press down.

Remove from marinade and sear over high heat to seal juices, turn down heat and cook to desired doneness. Cook in your favorite grill pan or fire up the grill.


  1. Ollie's Trolley.....on the corner of 4th and Broadway near Transylvania University. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering profusely! Yummy.

  3. I could go for one of these burgers about now.

    I think there's still a Lum's where my mom lives not too far from here.

  4. This sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing!


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