The actual recipe for Ollie Burgers is a carefully-guarded secret
(much like the ingredients of Coca-Cola or the herbs & spices of KFC.)
I first tasted this delectable hamburger in Louisville, when I was
visiting for a convention. I was so impressed by the taste that after
I got back home (to Oklahoma, which had not a single Ollie's Trolley
restaurant,) I mailed a letter to the Ollie's Trolley in downtown
Louisville asking for the recipe. They sent me a cheerful form-letter
which said that their recipe was their livelihood, and suggesting that
if I craved more Ollie Burgers, I might consider making frequent
repeat visits to Louisville!
Fortunately, enterprising cooks have devised a clever simulation. This
recipe comes from the Copycat/Restaurant Message Board at The Recipe
LUM'S OLLIE BURGER
3 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 t. seasoned salt
1 T. worcestershire
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. A-1 steak sauce
1 T. corn oil
1/2 c. canned beef broth
1 t. Heinz 57 sauce
1/4 t. garlic salt
1 t. vinegar
Mix the above ingredients. Take 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. of ground round and
shape meat into round patties, 3/4" thick and 3 1/2" round.
Place in a covered container and pour the marinade mixture over them.
Cover tightly and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.
Turn the patties frequently. Remove from marinade and sear over high
heat to seal in the juices, then turn down heat and cook to your
For more flavorful burgers, double the ingredients except the broth,
reduce it by half.
**I have a receipe that also adds this**
1 t. coarse ground pepper
Recipe Link: Ollie Burger Recipe
I have tried the recipe listed above, and it is superb. I recommend
including at least one teaspoon of ground black pepper. As the recipe
suggests, doubling all the ingredients (except the broth, which should
be halved) gives a more intense flavor, which is the way I like it.
Some children might find the doubled-ingredients burgers to be a bit
too spicy, but most adults just love 'em. I cook mine on the George
Foreman Grill, which sears in the flavor very nicely.
You may be interested to learn that there is still at least one
surviving Ollie's Trolley restaurant, in Louisville, Kentucky. Here's
a bit of information about it:
Louisville Hot Bites: Ollie's Trolley
My Google search strategy:
I was already aware of the Ollie Burger recipe on the Recipe Link
Message Board. To find information about the Ollie's Trolley
restaurants, I did a Google Web search using the keywords "Ollie's
Trolley" and "Ollie Burger."
I hope you enjoy your Ollie Burgers! If any of the links do not
function, or if anything I've said is not clear, please request
clarification, and I will gladly offer further assistance.