The U.S. Navy’s Not-So-Secret Recipe for ‘Ronnie Burgers’

The U.S. Navy’s Not-So-Secret Recipe for ‘Ronnie Burgers’

As a goodwill gesture, sailors stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, told locals how to serve up New York-style cheesecake and hamburgers. Here’s how it’s done.

Yokosuka, Japan, an hour south of Tokyo by train, plays host to the U.S. Navy’s largest base outside of America. A decade ago, the Navy felt it would be a nice gesture to share a recipe for hamburgers and another for New York-style cheesecake with cherries, a nod to Japan’s association with cherry blossoms.

Now you can make them

The Ronnie Burger

Each ship has its own version of the Navy burger. The “Ronnie Burger,” which is the signature offering of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, is the mother of them all, though it isn’t often on the menu for obvious reasons.

Ingredients

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 ½ tablespoons ground pepper
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 tablespoons catsup
    • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
    • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 10 slices cooked bacon
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • 5 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 pickle slices
  • 3 buns
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 ½ tablespoons ground pepper
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 tablespoons catsup
    • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
    • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 10 slices cooked bacon
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • 5 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 pickle slices
  • 3 buns

Directions

  1. Lightly mix ingredients for burger patty.
  2. Form flat, thick burger patties 4-6” wide.
  3. Place burger patty on grill or steel grill, and cook, rotating to ensure even grilling.
  4. Lightly butter burger buns and toast buns face-down on grill.
  5. After burger is properly cooked, begin construction by alternating buns and patties with condiments. Continue layering until complete.
  6. Enjoy! (Hopefully with a loved one, good friend, or Shipmate!) And be sure to get a good workout in after!

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