Sneaky Liver Burgers


You saw the word ‘liver’ in the title and cringed…didn’t you?? I would have cringed too. I can still recall the taste and texture of liver when my parents made it. *shudder* When my husband came home with a box full of beef, I had an immediate reaction to seeing LIVER posted on the side of 2 packages. For months I contemplated what to do with it and everyone seemed to have a different method of cooking it but I had no clue which way would be most palatable.

It was probably the same evening we got the liver that I sent my friend, George (Civilized Caveman Cooking), a message to see how HE would prepare it. His suggestion was to grind it up, mix it with ground beef, and form it into burgers or meatballs. It would be months until I actually took his advice and it was on a whim. He actually razzed me not too long ago about the fact that I tried beef heart before trying the liver. I had no preconceived notion of what beef heart would taste like so I was able to go into it with a completely clean slate. I could try it without the memory of its awful taste.

I only showed a couple of the kids the liver before I ground it up into the burgers. They knew it was in there and I think they were expecting a horrifyingly bad tasting burger….but they were as surprised as I was. It tasted like a burger. That’s it! The flavour was a little stronger than plain beef but we have eaten quite a bit of venison so stronger flavour isn’t a bad thing. The last bite I had of burger was a pocket of just liver. I commented to my husband that it was a bite of liver and it wasn’t actually that bad. Hmmm….maybe the 2nd pack of liver will not be disguised into a burger…??!!

Sneaky Liver Burgers


3 pounds ground beef

1 pound ground beef liver (you can do this yourself or see if your butcher can do it for you)

1/2 of a medium onion, finely chopped

4 teaspoons minced garlic

1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder

2 teaspoons dried parsley

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

salt and pepper, to taste

1 egg


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Form into 16 (1/2 cup) patties. Burgers can be cooked on BBQ or pan fried (7-8 minutes per side or until cooked through).

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