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Younkers Famous Rarebit Burger

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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

Younkers Cookbook

1/3 cup cooking oil

1/3 cup flour

1 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. dry mustard

2 cups whole milk

1 tsp. Worcestershire  sauce

1/4 tsp. bottled hot pepper sauce

1 cup shredded process sharp American cheese (4 oz)

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.

Tagged: Burger, Hamburger, Rarebit, Rarebit Burger, Tearoom, Worcestershire sauce, Younkers

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5 / 5

When I was young my mother took my sister and I to Younkers basement. We either had transit burgers or ham salad sandwiches - once a month.

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5 / 5

The old Younkers Bldg in Des Moines burned down last night. Everyone was talking about the Rarebit Burgers!

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5 / 5

Trip down memory lane!

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5 / 5

It's great ! I am looking forward in trying it out.

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5 / 5

The only think I'd add is that you should grill the hamburger buns before assembling.

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1 / 5

I'm not sure what went wrong but mine was horrible even tho i went specifically to recipe

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