Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cheesy Sausage Burgers

Cheesy Sausage Burgers

Dorcas Annette Walker

It was another night following a church revival and we were at the parsonage for a snack afterwards. I was in the kitchen helping the pastor’s wife and immediately became intrigued when she made up a batch of Cheesy Sausage Burgers. Not only did they taste delicious and were filling, but this snack was so simple to make. I quickly jotted down the recipe and have used it ever since.

The word sausage comes from a Latin root meaning prepared by salt as in the ancient time people did not have refrigeration to preserve their meat. Sausage is classified as prepared food consisting of ground meat, fat, salt, and spices. The Greeks had a comic play entitled “The Sausage” around 500 BC and mention of sausages date back to China in 589 BC. Sausage is considered a traditional food preserving technique using curing, drying, cooking, or smoking. Different countries and cities developed and became known for their own type of sausages. Today three European countries are famous for their sausages: Germany, France, and Hungary. Sausage making has become an art. Over 200 different varieties of sausages are made in the United States alone. Sausage recipes also include seafood and vegetarian blends.

Sausage facts:
- Hot dogs are the most common pre-cooked sausages in the United States and Canada.
- Sausages were called bangers during World War II because they contained so much water they exploded when fried.
- 83% of sausages are made of pork.
- More sausages are eaten on Saturday than any other day of the week; 18% eaten for breakfast and 44% in the evening.
- Every day 5 million Britons will eat sausages.
- Sausage is the ultimate Finnish fast food.
- Seafood sausages are popular in Asia.

My Cheesy Sausage Burgers are finger-licking good with a melting cheesy spicy sausage taste. These burgers are very versatile as you can use any type of sausage from mild to hot or substitute hamburger for the sausage, use any kind of cheese whiz or dip and for the crust bread, buns, or biscuits can work. Leftover Cheesy Sausage Burgers can been frozen and microwaved for later. Preparation time for my Cheesy Sausage Burgers is twenty minutes and this recipe makes one dozen.

Cheesy Sausage Burgers

6 hamburger buns
1 lb of sausage
1(16 oz) jar of cheddar cheese dip

Brown the sausage in an iron skillet until crumbly, drain, and add cheese. Heat until the cheese melted. Then divide and spread the cheesy sausage mixture on top of halved hamburger buns. Bake at 350ยบ for 15 minutes. Serve hot!

Weekly tip: Salad tip #4: Allow greens to stand at room temperature no longer than 15 minutes before serving. Tossed salads with dressing should be served immediately or add the salad dressing at the table. Too much dressing will also make salads soggy!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a published author, columnist, speaker, freelance magazine writer, and photographer from Jamestown, Tennessee. Contact her at: For more recipes check out her Creative Tennessee Mountain Cookin blog at:

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