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Chef Sascha's "Burgers 101"

Jamyla Kay

Chef SaschaWolhandler gives us a lesson on new ways to prepare the summertime staple--the burger. 

Papa Hemingway’s Favorite Burger Recipe

1 lb ground beef

2 doves minced garlic

1 heaping teaspoon India relish

2 minced green onions

2 tablespoons capers

1 heaping teaspoons sage

½ teaspoon mei yen powder

1 egg beaten

1/3 cup dry red wine

1 tablespoon cooking oil

Break up the meat with a fork, and scatter the garlic, onion and all dry seasonings.  Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.  Add the relish, egg,capers and wine and let marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.

Make patties, place oil in the sauté pan and cook to desired temperature.  Place on toasted buns and drink with copious amounts of wine.

Sascha’s favorite burger with blue cheese, fig jam and bacon

2 pieces of crispy bacon per burger

Blue cheese crumbles

1 Jar of fig jam spread


Grill burgers to desired  temperature

Toast buns

Spread buns with fig jam

Place 2 pieces of bacon on the jam and crumble the blue cheese.  Place hot burger on top and enjoy.

Lamb Burgers

1 lb of coarsely ground lamb

½ lb of marguez lamb sausage minced

1 onion minced onion

1tablespoon coriander

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

4 tablespoon of oil

1 tablespoon coriander

4 slices of grilled eggplant

½ cup of favorite hummus


Saute the onion, marguez sausage cover with seasonings, cool

Combine  ingredients with the cooled mixture

Form into patties

Toast the buns

Create your burger with  hummus, feta, grilled eggplant

Sascha Wolhandler and her husband Steve Susser runSascha's 527 Restaurant and Catering on Charles Street in Baltimore.


Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.