Old-World Veal Burgers


Explore old-world flavors by using veal instead of beef and rye instead of white bread in this burger recipe.

Old-World Burgers
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
34 mins


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoon beer or water

  • ¾ cup soft rye bread crumbs (1 slice)

  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds

  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound ground veal or lean ground beef

  • 8 slices rye bread

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (4 ounces)

  • 3 tablespoon German-style mustard, creamy Dijon-style mustard blend, or stone-ground mustard


  1. In a large bowl, combine egg and beer. Stir in bread crumbs, caraway seeds, marjoram, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add ground veal; mix well. Shape mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.

  2. For a charcoal grill, place patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 14 to 18 minutes or until done (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)

  3. When burgers are nearly done, add rye bread slices to the grill. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Turn bread slices; place cheese on four of the bread slices. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes more or until bottoms are lightly browned.

  4. Place burgers on the cheese-topped bread slices. Spread the plain bread slices with mustard; place on top of burgers. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
19g Fat
37g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 1056mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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