Unspecified Asian-ish Hamburger Thing

Unspecified Asian-ish Hamburger Thing Recipe

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Beth Renzetti


This is roasting AND stove top.
This is an unauthentic Thai inspired but adaptable dish. Kids wanted 'hamburger-macaroni thing' for dinner. I added roasted eggplant to beef up the dish (haha, get it?) & increase the veggie content since I only had 1 lb of ground beef. Tonight I tried Thai flavors: garlic, lime & chili. I didn't have enough rice noodles so I made basmati rice. Not sure they eat basmati in Thailand but it's quick cooking! For a change, try curry powder or Italian seasonings! Use ginger, soy sauce & sesame oil = Chinese! Easy & fun - enjoy! (we had NO leftovers)

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15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


eggplant, cubed (peeled or unpeeled - your choice)
cooking spray
3 Tbsp
vegetable oil
large onion, chopped
1/4 c
garlic, chopped
1=2 lb
ground beef
1/2 c
lime juice
1 Tbsp
thai basil (or whatever you have handy)
1/4-1/2 c
sambal oelek (chili paste)
4 - 6 c
rice noodles or rice, cooked
salt to taste

How to Make Unspecified Asian-ish Hamburger Thing


  • 1Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil & spray with oil. Add cubes of eggplant in a single layer. Spray the eggplant with cooking spray. Roast for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 2Heat oil in Dutch oven. Over medium high heat, saute chopped onion until translucent.
  • 3Add chopped garlic & ground beef. Stir & crumble beef thoroughly until cooked.
  • 4Add seasonings of choice (see Personal Note). Simmer on low heat while preparing starchy component. Stir occasionally.
  • 5Add roasted eggplant to ground beef mixture.
  • 6Cook rice noodle, rice, pasta...whatever... according to package directions or to taste.
  • 7Check beef mixture for seasoning & adjust as necessary. Serve over starchy component of choice.
  • 8Enjoy!

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About Unspecified Asian-ish Hamburger Thing

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids