Canteen Burgers

GTU Recipes

Emily Gibson joined Good Things Utah to shared a traditional family recipe for canteen burgers. Believe it or not, these babies are cooked in a crockpot! For more visit Instagram: @emilinethegreat.

Canteen Burgers


  • 3lbs ground beef
  • Salt
  • 2-3 cups water 
  • 12 hamburger buns (no sesame seeds) 
  • Velvetta cheese (slices ok)
  • Pickles, sliced 
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped 
  • Wax paper 
  • Chocolate milk 
  • Chocolate Pie
  • Spoons


  1. Brown ground beef in a pan until cooked, and then add it to your crockpot on “keep warm setting.” Include the grease! Every 30 minutes, sprinkle with salt, and add 1/4-1/2 cup water and stir around. Repeat for 2-3 hours. The water will evaporate off, but keep the meat from drying out. 
  2. Cut wax paper one per person, and lay out buns. 
  3. Add meat, condiments, cheese, pickles, onions, and salt to your liking. 
  4. Wrap up in wax paper, microwave for 20-30 seconds to melt cheese
  5. Write on paper what you’ve added (ex: cheese, ketchup, onion OR everything)
  6. Serve with a spoon, chocolate milk, and finish it off with a piece of chocolate pie! 

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