Beef or Whale Meat Hamburgers


  • 1 large potato finely grated

  • 1 medium onion very finely shopped

  • 12 oz (350 g) minced whale meat or beef (or a meatless mince works well with a teaspoon of margarine)

  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (mix a teaspoon of marmite with some brown sauce for vegans/vegetarians)

  • couple of large pinches of dried herbs (or 4 teaspoons of fresh thyme finely chopped- or fresh chopped parsley)

  • salt and pepper


  1. Put the prunes into a container, cover with water, and soak for 12 hours (alternatively you can stew the prunes over a moderate heat by covering with plenty of water and simmering for 15 minutes)

  2. Strain the prunes and set aside 1/4 pint of the prune water and add 1/2 teaspoon of marmite or 1/2 stock cube and stir until dissolved

  3. Brown the minced beef or vegan alternative in a pan. Add in the prunes and mash up with the beef

  4. Grease a casserole or deep pie dish and arrange a layer of thin sliced potatoes on the bottom, cover with the leeks or onion, add some seasoning

  5. Cover with the browned beef

  6. Place another layer of onion or leeks

  7. Cover with a final layer of thinly sliced potatoes, dot margarine over the top and season

  8. Trickle over the prune and marmite water

  9. Sprinkle over some herbs

  10. Place the casserole into the oven at 170C (330 F) for 15 minutes then cover and cook for a further 1.5 hours. Uncover 15 minutes towards the end and brown the top

We would love people to try them for themselves and send in photos to so that we can post on our website.

All recipes are by The 1940s Experiment