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slammin' hammies

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a recipe by
Susan Bickta
Kutztown, PA

I always liked the flavors in my baked ham loaf, so I decided to "tweak" that recipe a little and then form the mixture into patties and make on the grill. The result is this delicious "alternative" burger served on a whole wheat roll and honey mustard dressing. This is truly a summertime favorite!

★★★★★ 1
serves 8-10
prep time 25 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For slammin' hammies

  • 1 1/2 lb
    smoked ham, ground
  • 1/2 lb
    ground pork
  • 2 lg
  • 1/2 c
    graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 oz
    crushed pineapple with juice (from an 8 ounce can)
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown mustard (not dijon)
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    pineapple juice (from can of crushed pineapple)
  • 6
    1-ounce slices swiss cheese
  • 6
    whole wheat kaiser rolls
  • 1 c
    baby arugula, packed
  • 6
    slices tomato, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1
    bottle honey mustard dressing

How To Make slammin' hammies

  • 1
    Place all "Hammie" ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with hands until well combined. Mixture should hold together when patties are formed. (NOTE: if too dry, add more pineapple juice, if too wet, add more graham cracker crumbs)
  • 2
    Make 6 baseball size patties. Place a "dimple" in middle of each pattie so they remain flat when grilled. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 3
    Prepare grill. Coat grids with vegetable oil. Place patties on grill and grill for 5-6 minutes, turn and grill for another 5-6 minutes or until instant read thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
  • 4
    During the last minute, place a slice of Swiss cheese on top of each pattie, close lid and cook until cheese melts, about 1-2 minutes.
  • 5
    Assemble hammies: Place roll bottoms on serving platter. Lightly drizzle with honey mustard dressing. Evenly divide arugula between rolls and spread evenly. Top each with a hammie and tomato slice. Drizzle the underside of top roll with more honey mustard dressing and place on top of all.
  • 6
    Serve with additional honey mustard dressing.