Cow and Pig Waltz Through the Garden

Nicole Bredeweg


We have something we call BoOp (Box of Opportunities). This is where all those impulse items end up. Or leftover packages of partially-used specialty items. Or the last dribs & drabs of spice bottles. You get the idea. Anyway, I pulled from it an antique, half-used packet of onion soup mix. Decided that ground beef seemed the best option. And, oh, maybe some sauteed onions? Oooh, mushrooms - definitely mushrooms! And, look! there's a partially used ginormous zucchini - must have our vegetables! Pulled out a sausage gravy mix to meld it all together. Finally, really good bread! Yum!


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Pan Fry



  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2
    vidalia onion, peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 small
    zucchini (or 2 slices off a giant one), cut into 1/4" thick coins (or strips)
  • 1 can(s)
    (4 oz) mushrooms stems and pieces
  • COW:

  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 pkg
    onion soup mix
  • 1/2 c
    sharp cheddar
  • PIG:

  • 1 pkg
    sausage gravy mix
  • 2 c
    milk (or whatever the gravy mix calls for)
  • 2
    pieces of artisan bread (sourdough is phenomenal!)

How to Make Cow and Pig Waltz Through the Garden


  1. Prepare vegetables first (cleaning, cutting, etc). Mix burger with onion soup mix and cheddar; set aside.
  2. Place butter in a 10" saute pan. Allow to melt over medium heat. Once melted, add the onion and zucchini and allow to saute for a few minutes. Add mushroom and turn the heat down to medium-low and allow to cook until softened while preparing the ground beef patties
  3. Form the ground beef into four thin patties. Preheat 12" pan over medium heat. Place patties in pan and allow to fry until fully cooked, turning over as frequently as you like to get a nice brown crust on each side.
  4. While the vegetables and beef patties are cooking, prepare the gravy according to package directions.
  5. Toast the bread lightly.
  6. Lay bread on each dinner plate. Place two burger patties on bread, overlapping as needed. Evenly sprinkle the sauteed vegetables over top. Slather with gravy and serve immediately!

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About Cow and Pig Waltz Through the Garden

Course/Dish: Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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