BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats

Hamburger Boats

BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats 

 I often get asked the question,” how do you come up with your recipes? what inspires you?”  Today I am going to give you a small glimpse of how my mind works. It won’t be too scary, I promise. =p

If you remember, two weeks ago, I posted about inheriting my Nana’s cookbooks and recipe cards ( see Orange Chiffon cake, a recipe from 1948). In with her cookbooks was an old family circle magazine from the year 1966. While I was flipping through the pages, I remembered my Pap telling me that he was having hamburger boats a few nights back. With hamburger boats in the back of my mind, I came across a recipe for Ranch Breakfast Burgers. I don’t know if it was the ground beef and ketchup, or the word ranch, either way, my mind went straight to BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats. And just like that a new recipe was born.. or should I say developed?

Now you are probably wondering why I have called them hamburg boats and not hamburger boats. Well, the answer is simple, that is just what my family has always called them.  I did google it and found that hamburger would have been the correct pronunciation BUT I edit some of my photo’s at my mother’s house. So until I get to her computer to fix my mistake ( if I remember) it will remain hamburg.

Now let’s talk hamburg(er) boats. If you have never had a hamburger boat you are missing out! They are so simple to make and loaded with flavor. Even better, you can personalize each one. My mom has made us hamburger boats for as long as I can remember. Normally they consist of hamburger, potatoes, onions, & carrots that are folded together in little foil packs that look like boats. I, of course, had to put a new spin on this old family favorite. I decided to load mine with BBQ sauce, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. The result was mouthwatering! I hope you enjoy =)

BBQ Ranch Burger Recipe
BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 boats 10-15 min.
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 boats 10-15 min.
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min.
BBQ Ranch Burger Recipe
BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 boats 10-15 min.
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min.
Servings Prep Time
6 boats 10-15 min.
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min.
Ingredients
Servings: boats
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees First rip off 6 pieces of foil that are about 16-17 inches long and set aside. In a mixing bowl add ground beef, ranch packet, onion soup mix, and BBQ sauce; use hands to mix well and form 6 patties. On a clean surface cut potato and onion into thick slices, you will need 2-3 slices of each per hamburger boat. Salt and pepper the onions and potatoes ( I use my hands to rub the salt and pepper all over them). Now take a sheet of foil and lay down 2-3 potatoes side by side but slightly overlapping in the middle, lay hamburger patty on top of the potatoes, lay onions on top of the hamburger patty ( I give it a little squish into the patty), add mushrooms on top of the onion ( if desired) and drizzle the top with a little more BBQ sauce ( about 1 Tbsp.). To make the foil pack, bring longer ends together and fold down, then fold each side in just till it meets the hamburger boat. Repeat this process with the other 5 patties. Place hamburger boats on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Take hamburger boats out of the oven and carefully unfold the tops( they will be HOT!) drizzle each boat with a little more BBQ sauce and sprinkle with a french fried onions and a generous amount of cheese. Put them back in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. When they are finished keep them on the cookie sheet, carefully open the foil packs and use a spatula to transfer them to a plate. When handling the foil packs be very careful as there will be hot grease in the bottom of them!
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