Burgers from Bavaria

By now, you readers out there are probably tiring of my writings about our trip to Germany. But since our journey was both food- and friend-centric, it’s hard not to share about it in this forum.
I have one last food-related anecdote to share, along with a recipe gleaned from our travels. A few days before our arrival in Germany, our Munich hostess, sister Heidi, wrote an email lamenting the untimely demise of her refrigerator. The repairman wasn’t able to fix it, and a new model wouldn’t be delivered until the end of our stay.
(German refrigerators are, for the most part, much smaller than American models. The appliance is question was about the size of a dorm model.)
The fridge on the fritz was unfortunate, but because the weather was quite cool, Heidi was able to store many of her perishables in bags on her small patio. It did, however, force us to eat most of our meals in restaurants, and we never did get to sample any of Heidi’s cooking.
But we managed to talk about cooking a LOT —sharing recipes, discussing grilling methods and Bryan and I even managed to astound (disgust?) Heidi and her friend, Steffi, by describing lutefisk and its preparation. (We promised to find some if they come to visit us in Minnesota. I don’t think that was a selling point.)
Just before we left, Heidi emailed me the following recipe, so I would have it waiting when we got back home. It’s a recipe that she learned when she spent time in Florida and was oft requested by her friends. Bryan and I gave it a try and also declared it Wunderbar!

Teriyaki Burgers a la Heidi

Combine 2 pounds ground beef, 1 small onion, chopped, and 2 small eggs. (I used about ½ cup onion and 1 extra large egg.)
In a separate bowl, combine ½ cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon ginger powder. (Minced garlic and grated gingerroot can be substituted.)
Combine meat with soy sauce mixture. Let sit for a while before forming into patties. Grill as desired.
“Einen guten Appetit wünscht!”

As I was out for a walk last weekend, friend Nancy Johnson came running out of her house with a gift for me – a package of dehydrated spatzle, the German noodles that are a staple in their cuisine. I hated to turn down her offering, but I have a spätzle maker and actually make the noodles from scratch, especially in the winter if we have bratwurst on the menu. So I urged her to give the package a try — although she protested that she doesn’t cook — and will await the result of her trial.
I’m hoping to still glean one more recipe from our travel. Friend Andy promised to send me his mom’s recipe for Rouladen — stuffed meat rolls — although I’m not sure I’ll be able to duplicate her efforts, but I’m willing to try.

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