I have been making this recipe shortly after my husband and I started dating, almost 20 years ago. He wanted something different, using ground beef, and in searching many of my cookbooks, he came up with this recipe, I had reservations at first, but made it anyway, it was so good, that he requested it again soon after the first time, it has been a family favorite ever since. I always double the recipe, but I am giving you the original as I got it, with a few changes that I made. The flavors are awesome, and the sauce over the noodles are really very flavorful. I hope you enjoy them as we do.
These are the ingredients needed to make this tasty recipe. This picture is compliments of our Just a Pinch Member Wiley P. Thanks again Wiley.
Reserve 2 tablespoons of crushed gingersnaps. Combine remaining crushed gingersnaps, 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, onions, raisins & salt. Add meat; mix well. Shape into 4 1/2 inch thick patties.
Brown in skillet: Drain off fat. Combine remaining tomato sauce, sugar, vinegar, water, mustard, and pepper. Pour over burgers. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, spooning sauce over meat. Remove burgers. Stir in reserved 2 tablespoons gingersnaps into sauce in skillet. Cook & stir until bubbly. Return burgers to skillet. Heat through. Serve with noodles, rice or potatoes.
This recipe is so good that I always double the recipe when ever I make it, and there are never any left overs. Also note I also plump my raisins in microwave for about 5 minutes, by covering them with water and heating in microwave for 5 minutes, then let them sit, and drain the water off,and then add them to the meat mixture. This adds extra moisture & slight sweet flavor to the patties. Picture is compliments of Wiley P.