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Olive Burger

Olive burgers are a Michigan invention, tracing to 1967 and a Lansing-area restaurant, Olympic Broil. Here, salty olives combine with creamy mayonnaise and a bit of mustard, which top a hamburger patty. The first hamburgers sold in the United States date to 1895 and are credited to Danish immigrant, Louis Lassen, who had a lunch cart in New Haven, Connecticut. The origin of the hamburger is unclear; variations of the modern sandwich can be traced to Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Combine beef, soy sauce, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and onion powder in large bowl.
  2. Mix lightly but thoroughly and shape into 4, ½-inch-thick patties. Slightly indent center of patty.
  3. Melt butter in large nonstick pan and cook burgers over medium heat, about 4–6 minutes per side. Internal temperature should read 160°F.
  4. Combine olives, mayonnaise, and mustard in small bowl.
  5. Serve burgers with olive mixture.

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