Originally posted on An American Housewife in 2008...
I make my mini buns homemade for this recipe. I realize that some of you don't or won't make homemade bread or buns and that is perfectly ok! But in that case you will either have to track down the mini 2 inch sized buns at your local grocery or baking, or buy frozen bread dough, thaw, divide into golf ball sized pieces and let raise and then bake. The mini size is part of what gives these little guys their flavor and style!
2 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1 c soft bread crumbs
1/4 c mayonnaise
1/3 c finely diced onion
1 t garlic salt
1 t Italian seasoning
fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
1 c shredded cheese (I've used mozzarella and cheddar blends)
Combine everything but the cheese. Mash and mix together well either either with a wooden spoon or your hands. Press into a large jelly roll pan (about 15X10 inches). Do not press all the way to the edges, leave one (1) inch between the meat and the edge of the pan for drippings to bake away from the meat. Bake 25 minutes, top the meat with the cheese and continue baking 8-10 minutes more until the meat is done and the cheese is melted. Remove and let set 3-4 minutes and then using a pizza cutter, slice the meat into squares. Place a square on each mini bun. Serve with condiments.
The meat pressed into the pan before baking