I know some of you may be thinking this sounds a bit crazy, but let me tell you, it worked out extremely well! The meat was moist and beautifully cooked. It wasn't "mealy" or anything like I thought might happen. The burgers held their shape too! The burgers weren't greasy at all since I propped them up on some tin foil. Honestly, this is a great, easy, healthy way to make burgers!
I made two layers of burgers in my 7 Quart Slow-Cooker, but I could have easily gotten another layer or two in there. So, if you're having a party, these would be PERFECT!!!! The burgers I made were a tiny bit smaller than normal burger size. When I put them in, they were about 3" in diameter or so and they shrunk down a bit.
I am SO pleased with this experiment! This was a definite win!
P.S. My family LOVED them!!!!!!!
The "Perfect" Hamburger
2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 pkg. dry ranch dressing (I used Hidden Valley)
1 pkg. Onion Soup Mix (I used Lipton)
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup water
First, take some foil and crumple it loosely so that it lines the bottom of your crock. I used 3 pieces in total, but you might only need 2. This will keep the burgers from cooking in the grease!
Pour your cup of water in the bottom now as well.
Mix together the ground beef, Bread Crumbs, ranch dressing mix, onion soup mix, egg and Worcestershire sauce.
Form them into patties (3" or so) and place them into your crock like so...
This is where I made 3 foil "strips" by folding pieced of foils loosely, so they would sit gently on top of the other burgers and still allow the ones on top to drain as well. You may choose to skip this step, but I didn't want to risk my burgers sticking together ;)
I then added my next layer of burgers.
Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours or on HIGH for 2-2.5 hours.
Serve on some yummy buns and ENJOY!