Flying Saucer Burgers


Back in the day there was a drive-in south of Minot that sold a killer flying saucer hamburger. Not long ago I searched for the kitchen tool I would need to make the fabled burger and She Who Must Be Obeyed ordered it for a surprise present for me.

Here is the must have kitchen tool: photo-35

And with that tool you can make flying saucer hamburgers. The original flying saucer included Italian sauce which you could do easily. But I wanted to put a little more kick in my version so …think diced green chilies and sriracha sauce.   Either its going to look like this:

flying saucer hamburger

To make the dish even better lets throw in fried onion rings (inspired by a recipe in the April bon appetit magazine) and my baked fresh-cut fries.

recipe services 2 to 4


1 lb ground beef.

8 slices buttermilk bread.

Velveeta cheese ( i know, trust me).

quarter cup mayonnaise.

1 tsp Srirachi sauce.

2 large russet potatoes – wash and slice into quarter inch thick planks – coat with tablespoon or so of canola oil, and sprinkle with dash of salt.

2 medium yellow onions- sliced into quarter inch thick rounds and separated into rings.

1 cup buttermilk.

1 cup flour.

8 oz butter.

4 oz can of diced green chilies.

2 Tbsp smoked paprika.

1 tsp allspice.

1 tsp chili powder.

1 tsp ground pepper.

1 tsp salt.


Form ground beef into small patties (think slider) and flatten a little so it has a lower profile.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place potato planks on cookie sheet and bake until nicely browned (about 20 minutes).

To soup bowl add flour, smoked paprika, allspice, chili powder, salt and pepper. Mix ingredients.

To another soup bowl add buttermilk.

In large fry pan melt half the butter.

Quickly dip onion rings in in buttermilk and then the flour mixture repeat if necessary so as to get a nice coating. Place rings from one opinion in fry pan on medium heat for four minutes and then turn for four more minutes on other side. IMG_0361

Remove fried onion rings, add second half of butter and fry the second batch of rings. Place in large bowl and cover.

Mix mayonnaise and Sriracha. Put a dab of the sauce on center of one slice of bread for each sandwich.

In same fry pan fry small hamburger patties. When almost done add velveeta cheese and cover with aluminum foil to assist with the melt.

Place burgers on bread, and top the cheese with a tsp of diced green chilies. Place second slice of bread on top of burger.

Spray a little canola oil on the toast-tite cups and place burger in center to form saucer.



Trim excess bread and hold over burner for minute or so each side.


Plate the flying saucers, fried onion  rings, and baked potato planks and enjoy!


[disclosure – I received a discounted attendance fee for IFBC]

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I’ll see you there!

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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