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Beef Puffs (aka “Poor Man’s Hamburger”)

Today’s Thrifty Thursday involves a frugal recipe I grew up with, one my mom used to feed our family of 6 on a budget. It combines two of the less expensive forms of protein – ground beef and eggs to create patties that can fill you up without hurting the bank. Some affectionately call it a “poor man’s hamburger.” I’ll be real, it’s not a fancy one that you might make for company. But, I love it’s thrifty nature and my kids love these! They are kind of like a fluffy hamburger. It’s a fantastic way to get more milage out of your ground beef, whether you are using the organic grass-fed, or just the “what I could afford” stuff.

Beef Puffs


  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup ghee


  • Beat egg whites (setting aside yolks) with salt and baking powder until stiff straight peaks form.
  • Without washing the beater, beat yolks in a separate bowl until thickened and lemon color. Stir beef, onion, parsley, and pepper into beaten egg yolks until combined. Gently fold egg whites into beef mixture. 
  • In a skillet over moderate heat, melt ghee and drop a heaping ¼ cup of the mixture into the hot ghee. When browned (in about 3-4 minutes) flip and brown the other side. Serve warm with a side of your favorite dipping sauce.


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