3-in-1 Hamburger Mix – Betty Crocker Favorite


I used to love my mom’s cooking.  I grew up in the 70s which was a 3 square meals a day era – and dinner always had a meat, a starch, a vegetable, rolls and salad.  One of my favorite things my mom used to make was a 3-in-1 hamburger mix that can make chili, sloppy joes, or my favorite, the cheese-broiled bbq sandwich.  I always thought my mom made these recipes up, or had them stored away in her olive green recipe box because they were handed down from her mother, and her mother’s mother for generations of us gals.  Imagine my suprise when this recipe, and about 20 other things we ate all the time showed up in one cookbook – Betty Crocker’s New Dinner for Two, 1964. I do remember my mom having this book – I think she got it as a wedding gift, but I had no idea our entire dinnertime repertoire was from this tiny cookbook.

Anyway, this recipe is one of my all-time favorites, and be sure to try at least one of them, as they are all good in that non-sophisticated 60s type of way.


1/2 c. chopped onion
1 tbsp. butter
2lb. ground beef
2/3 c. catsup (hee hee)
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. chopped celery
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. MSG (cleverly called Accent Seasoning now)
1/4 tsp. dry mustard

Saute onion in butter.  Add beef and brown lightly.  Drain off excess fat.  Add rest of ingredients, simmer covered for 30 minutes.  Cool for use in other recipes below.  Makes 4 cups.

(This is what I thought chili was forever – it is not hot – it is very sweet.  It tastes nothing like any other chili I’ve had, but I still love it.)

1 1/3 cups 3-in-1 Hamburger Mix
1 can (15oz) kidney beans, including liquid
3/4 cup tomato juice
3 tsp. chili powder

Heat hamburger slowly in sauce pan.  Add rest of ingredients; heat through.  Makes 2 generous servings.

Heat 1 1/3 cups of  3-in-1 hamburger mix slowly in skillet.  Use as filling for hot buttered hamburger buns.  Makes 4 sloppy joes.

CHEESE BROILED BBQ (my favorite!)
Heat 1 1/3 cups 3-in-1 Hamburger Mix.  Butter 8 english muffin halves lightly – toast in oven or broiler until browned.  Top each half with some of the beef mixture and one slice of American cheese.  Place under broiler until cheese bubbles and is lightly browned.