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The National Sandwich Idea contest was held between 1956 and 1981. It was sponsored by the Wheat Flour Institute. Each year 20 sandwich recipes, created by Food Service professionals, were chosen as the top sandwich recipes from hundreds of entries.

The Sweet and Sauer Burger Sandwich was the number #1 recipe chosen in 1978.

It was created by Marianne Seckinger, a 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign. She was a food service administrator at the college after graduation an was in training with the Marriott Corporation, a food service company.

The Sweet and Sauer Burger Sandwich Is a onion seasoned, grilled beef patty topped with a sauerkraut and cranberry sauce on a toasted onion roll.

1 envelope onion soup mix
1/4 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup sauerkraut, drained and chopped
1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp brown sugar
6 enriched onion rolls
6 dill pickle spears for garnish.

Combine onion soup mix, 1/4 cup water and egg. Let stand 5-minutes.
Add ground beef; mix thoroughly.
Shape into 6 patties.
Combine sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, chili sauce, 1/4 cup water and brown sugar. Mix well. Simmer 20-minutes, stirring occasionally.
Split and toast rolls.
Grill beef patties to desired degree of doneness.
Place one patty on bottom of each roll.
Top with about 1/4 cup of sauerkraut mixture; close Sandwich with bun top.
Garnish with dill pickle spear.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

Source: Miami News newspaper, Aug 24, 1978