Spam Burgers Recipe

Just How Do You Feel About Spam?

Our spam burgers recipe – will you love it or hate it? Most likely you’re already familiar with the main ingredient and either delight in it or despise it. 🤣

Hormel Foods created Spam in 1937. Before long, Spam became a staple of soldiers in WWII as well as civilians back home. Indeed, the canned-meat product offered a thrifty source of protein with a relatively long shelf life. Throughout the years, Spam has reinvented itself over and over again – for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What’s more, Spam has even found itself in upscale restaurants and popular with a variety of cultures around the world!

Spam  burger wrapped in paper and plated with chips and celery.
SPAM Burgers

Spam Burgers

Sue Pawlanta


  • 1 can SPAM®
  • 1 onion small
  • ½ green pepper
  • ½ lb Velveeta® cheese cubed
  • 1 stick oleo/butter
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • hamburger buns


  • Grind SPAM®, onion and green pepper; set aside.
  • Melt Velveeta® cheese and butter in the top of a double boiler. Then add to meat mixture, along with ketchup. Refrigerate for a while.
  • Spread on hamburger buns and bake on a cookie sheet for 12 to15 minutes at 325°F.


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Silver tin filled with chips and two Spam burgers made using our Spam burgers recipe.

To Spread or Not to Spread Your Spam Burgers Recipe

Now comes a time of confession.😆 To explain, we didn’t exactly follow the instructions. At any rate, I wish we had tried both the written recipe and our burger-patty adaptation to compare results.

When I think of a burger, you have to have a patty. Hence we formed patties with the mixture and baked them on the bottom half of the bun. To begin with, some of the mixture ran. And the bottom bun was soggy. So we baked them about twice as long as called for in the original recipe where you SPREAD the mixture on the buns. All the buns – tops and bottoms – and then put them together after baking.

Generally, baking the patties longer helped them set a little. To be honest, the taste was still fabulous in spite of the soggy bottom bun. The onion, green pepper, Velveeta and ketchup give the mixture a true cheeseburger flavor.

All things considered if I were to make the patty version again, I would cut the butter in the recipe at least by half. Perhaps omit it entirely. On the whole, that might help the patty hold its form better.

And if I were making the spread version, I would cut the butter in half, too. Truth be told, even the Spam Lite we used doesn’t really require additional fat to make a burger. 😉

Sides to Serve With Your Spam Burgers

A great side is equally important to serve with your Spam burgers. Try our baked macaroni and cheese or broccoli cauliflower salad

Annual SPAM JAM in Hawaii

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What’s more, the annual Waikiki SPAM JAM will be held Saturday, April 27, 2024 on Kalakaua Avenue. Waikiki. SPAM JAM is the largest SPAM festival in the world! Looking for another another reason to escape to Hawaii? Now you’ve got it!

What’s more, mark your memorable trip with a personalized beach scene ornament from Bronner’s. Or search Bronner’s tropical-themed ornaments for your choice of a memento or two of your trip.

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