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Rick's Wagyu Burger aka Hemingway Burger - Menos salado (less salty)

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

I have made the famous Ernest Hemingway Burger recipe a few times. I like the directions posted at The Art of Manliness (link) written by cookbook author Matt Moore. It shows the original recipe and has some substitutions for some things that might be hard to find.

Ernest Hemingway has a lot of detail on ingredients and how to cook the burger in his recipe. On the heat then off then back on and how long it should take. It is a lot more involved than just making a burger patty with salt and pepper and grilling them but the results are pretty good.

Pretty good yes but I think it could be better. I have an image of Ernest as a cigar smoking hard drinking kind of guy. This might be why, to me, his burger recipe is too salty. He was a salty guy and I think it needed to be that way to wake up his taste buds! :)

I decided to use his recipe as a base, then add a few things and subtract a few things to keep it moist packed with flavor but menos salado - less salty. Note this isn't a no salt or low salt recipe for dietary reasons. It is just about flavor.

Here we go!


1 lb Wagyu ground beef (any ground beef will work)

4 garlic cloves minced or 2 tablespoons of the garlic from the squeeze tubes

3/4 cup diced red onion

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands Beau Monde seasoning

1 teaspoon Spice Islands sage (or any dry sage)

1 teaspoon Wright's Hickory Liquid Smoke

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sweet relish

1 egg beaten in a cup with a fork

1/4 cup of red or white wine (I use Sauvignon Blanc)

add everything to a bowl and mix by hand

let it sit for about 10 to 20 minutes to marinate and blend the flavors

form patties up to an inch thick- it will be very wet try to pack them tight but they will still be very loose

Set a grill at about 375 - 400 or cook in a medium hot pan

Cook for about 5 minutes on each side (time will depend on thickness)

Gently turn over to prevent them from breaking apart

Add thinly sliced cheese after the flip if you want.

Don't smash or press down on them!

When they are done they are done!

Serve with favorite toppings and sides but try them as is first. I think they don't need anything else.

This would also make a good meatloaf. Cook at 375 in a meatloaf pan for about 35 minutes.

Thanks Mr. Hemingway for the burger recipe. I hope you would have liked my version!

here it is as meatloaf with broccoli slaw and a nice Fess Parker Pinot Noir

G Hughes Sugar Free Hickory BBQ sauce on the meatloaf

yellow mustard on the slaw (cause I like it that way!)

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