Tomato Cheese Burgers

Posted on Sep 22 2010 - 7:36am by RetroRuth

Wow!  We have a pretty funny recipe this week, and it includes Tom’s most hated of all ingredients: American Cheese.  That’s right. The Man With The Iron Stomach can’t stand American Cheese! He is human after all, Folks.

So this great recipe comes from Melanie, and she submitted it on our Facebook Page (Friend us! Please!)  Melanie says:

Not sure where the recipe (if there was one) came from, but my mom used to make hamburger patties, cover them with tomato soup, straight from the can, and then place a slice of velveeta cheese on top of each burger. Stick in oven and cook until a greasy mess. While gunk is in the oven, boil potatoes. When “dinner” is ready, serve greasy tomato/cheesy burgers. Use excess sauce over potatoes.

Melanie, I think everyone will agree with me when I say: Gross. That is just gross.

Of course, Tom and I couldn’t resist.  We can never say “no” to a disgusting recipe.

 I love it when there are hardly any ingredients!

 Poor, scared little hamburger patties.  No idea what is going to be done to them. 

Oh, and I added some onion here, just for some kind of flavor in this thing. Other than soup.

 Aaaaaaand here’s the soup.

 I have to admit that this is a great picture. Just…gross.

 Cheese, please!

Then I chucked it in the oven, and Tom got himself a beer. 

 Okay, so what does this look like to you?  This is great, kind of like the MCMenu Rorschach test.

This looks like:

– The terrain of an alien planet

– Some lemmings jumped into a geyser

– Really, really bad acne

– The inside of Tom’s stomach after the MCMenu

– A cheese volcano

– Dog barf

– Frogs eggs

What do you guys think it looks like?  Feel free to chime in!

I’ll tell you what it doesn’t look like.  It doesn’t look like anything that is freaking edible, that’s for sure!

Also, it stinks.

 Tom agrees. 

 But he is a good sport anyway.  Always willing to take one for the team.

Aaaaaaand, he hates it.

“Oh, God.  It tastes like cigarette butts!”

 I tasted it.  Actually, I didn’t find it that disgusting, but it did have a faint taste of cigarette butts. It was edible, but only just. Meanwhile, Tom was liberally applying seasonings to get it down.


The Verdict: Edible, but Tom thought it was gross.  He only ate one serving of this, which means I ate more of the food than he did!  That has to be some kind of first.  Anyway, it pretty much tasted like hamburgers topped with tomato soup and Velveeta.  So, not good.

Hats off to you, Melanie, for eating this and living to tell about it! Thanks for a “great” recipe!

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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Annie B. September 22, 2010 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Does anyone remember the Ray Bradbury story, “The Jar”, which was made into an episode of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”? This is what was in the Jar!!!

  2. Eartha Kitsch September 22, 2010 at 8:48 am - Reply

    So finally, we find out what grosses Tom out and it’s….American cheese??


    I can’t figure out why it tastes so bad or smells like cigarette butts. It actually kind of looks good to me. Maybe some gross magic happened in the cooking process.

  3. Miss Marwood September 22, 2010 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Wharks! Dis-gus-ting. Glad Melanie survived to tell the tale. Would you please tell us what American Cheese is made of? What does it say on the packet? “Ground fag butts – 10%”?

  4. Andrea September 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    LOL, I love Tom’s expression in the first picture. Can’t say I blame him for his hatred of American cheese – I freely admit that I am a cheese snob and stay far far away from it!

  5. Maggie September 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    He probably just hated it because of the american cheese…..add cheddar and it would be delicious :o)

  6. Cassandra March 4, 2014 at 1:40 am - Reply

    My husband and I just found your AMAZING site today. We’ve spent almost his entire day off perusing. I have to chime in on this age old post. Using Velvetta Singles MAY not qualify. If this is truly a Mid Century delicacy, there were no slices and the SLAB o’cheese that would have adorned those burgers would have made this an even gooier . . .um, messterpiece. Although we do understand, especially with Tom’s phobia, your disinclination to invest n a loaf. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU (both) for this wonderful adventure!!

  7. Kristi January 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    My mom also made this recipe. She added a very thin slice of onion on top of burger and mustard on top of that and american cheese. She floated the burgers on top of the soup. I make the recipe with dijon mustard and different types of cheese.

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