Sweet and Sour Beef on Buns

    20 minutes

    This is a wonderful sweet and sour dish which isn't quite a hamburger. It's native to the coal towns of Pennsylvania.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g beef mince
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
    • 3/4 cup tomato pasta sauce
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
    • 6 hamburger buns

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Crumble the beef mince in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess grease and stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, tomato pasta sauce, salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Serve on buns.

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    Omit the ketchup and substitute tomato sauce for ketchup (do this with everything involving ketchup to avoid 'high fructose' corn syrup) and you have a winner!  -  23 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe is delicious as written. If you are worried about too much sugar, simply omit the brown sugar. Changing the ketchup to tomato sauce totally alters the taste.  -  16 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I'm from NE PA so I really though this was real barbecue growing up. This is just like my mother's recipe and a staple at all of our family gatherings. So easy with great results AND you basically always have these ingredients on hand. As some other reviewers added, green peppers are a good addition if you have on hand but not a necessity.  -  07 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)