I grew up with Spam.
I actually kind of like Spam. (Please don’t think too badly of me – my tastes have become slightly more refined as I’ve matured.)
One of my favorite Spam dishes is Spamburgers. They were always such a treat at home! Chopped Spam mixed with Velveeta cheese and toasted on a bun – what’s not to like?!
Soon after we were married, my husband was horrified when I mentioned my plan to make them. Spam was not in his vocabulary. (Hey – what can I say – I obviously married up! But I do like to remind him that his ancestors were the ones who brought the world Lutefisk – ‘nuf said!)
It took me awhile to figure out how to dress up this childhood favorite to appease even my wonderful yet “I’m not eating Spam” husband.
It was so simple – I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before! Chopped ham and cheddar cheese. Perfect!
We named them Bruno Burgers after Bruno’s deli on Busytown (my son’s favorite show at the time!)
or Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Chop some ham in a food processor.
Chop an onion (or part of an onion) in the same food processor.
Add some cheddar cheese.
Add some ketchup and milk to bind them together.
That’s all! (It’s a very exact recipe – as you can tell!)
Open up some buns on a cookie sheet – or you can use bread.
Spread the bruno burger on the buns and bake at 400 degrees until they are bubbly and the cheese is melted.
Don’t want to run the oven- heat them in the microwave until the cheese melts.
These are a perfect way to use up some of that extra Easter ham. They are also great to feed a hungry youth group!
The ham mixture freezes well so it can be made ahead.
It’s still comfort food – just little dressed up.