When I got home from the most awesome Thanksgiving dinner, it came to my attention that one of my readers was searching for the recipe for “hamburgers with cheese sauce poured over like younkers in des moines.” I immediately knew that this was the rarebit burger. The burger we drooled for, but only got if we’d been good enough to warrant a shopping trip “downtown” (Des Moines) at Younkers
My stepmother was the first person to introduce me to Younkers’ rarebit burger. She had two sons, and loved doing things with me… wanting to get out of that house full of testosterone! I remember her looking at me with eager anticipation. I felt somewhat pressured… what if I didn’t like it? I’d dash all her hopes and dreams of doing “girl things” with me! But one bite and I was hooked. So here it is, reader…. whoever you are. The not-secret-anymore recipe for the Younkers rarebit burger, gleaned directly out of my Younkers cookbook.
To make Younkers popular rarebit burgers, cook 8 hamburger patties to 170 deg. until no pink remains. Place each burger in a toasted hamburger bun. Spoon about 1/4 cup of rarebit sauce over each bun. Serve immediately.
Tea Room Rarebit Sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. bottled hot pepper sauce (I used McIlhenny Tabasco)
1 cup shredded process sharp American cheese (4 oz) (I used Kraft “Old English” sharp pasteurized process cheese food. It is found in 5 oz. jars… I only used one jar because each jar is 5 oz and they call for 4 oz. of shredded cheese. I like the flavor this cheese gave the sauce.)
Place oil in a medium saucepan. Stir together flour, paprika, salt and dry
mustard. Add flour mixture to oil; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in milk all at
once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook
and stir 1 minute more. Remove from heat; stir in Worcestershire sauce and
hot pepper sauce. Add cheese and stir until melted. Makes 2 cups.