Poor Man Steaks. I grew up in the 50’s & 60’s in Lima, Ohio which certainly would have been considered the heart of the Midwest. Now Lima is famous for a couple of things, and people like Phyllis Diller, Hugh Downs, and Al Jardine one of the founders of The Beach Boys. I didn’t know about any of these people until later but one of my earliest memories was/is the Kewpee and Kewpee hamburgers. Now remember, in the early 50’s there were not many restaurants anywhere except mostly in famous hotels and to a kid going to the Kewpee was a treat beyond the pale. As I remember it, all they had were hamburgers and “frostys” and it is well documented that Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame modeled his square burger patties and malts after the Kewpee’s. Back then a burger was .15 and a frosty (served in a large frosted soda glass, hence the name) was probably about the same price. When the price of the burger went to .25 I well remember my youngest brother saying he was never going to the Kewpee again. Well, it took about a week for that to pass. And Christmas? The best presents?…were tiny little coupons for 4-5 free Kewpees from the owner Stub Wilson and I mean like WOW. The picture above is exactly as I remember it with the sign “Your Grandpappy Ate Here”. This is their menu now.
OK, anyway, throughout my life I have tried to make a hamburger that tasted like a Kewpee burger and…I have failed miserably. I don’t think it can be done but in the meantime I did come up with this and it’s only sorta, kinda, close. I did serve these in the restaurant as a “blue plate special” and yes, on a big blue platter. People loved them so…here is my (pathetic) rendition of a Kewpee and you know what? They are really good and Primal Keto Gravy is good on them.
As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.
- 1½ Lb 20% Hamburger
- 1 Beaten Egg
- ½ Small Yellow Onion Slivered
- 2½ t Yellow Mustard
- 1¼ t Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ t Garlic Salt
- ½ t Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
- ½ t Pepper
- Mix hamburger & onions.
- Beat rest of ingredients with egg & then mix well into hamburger.
- Shape into 4 oval patties.
- Cook to desired doneness.
- 4 Servings
- 488 Calories, 45.7g Protein, 31.5 Fat, 2.1g Carbs, .3g Fiber, 1.9g Net Carbs