Thumb Bits

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When I was a kid, we would go to Pebbles Restaurant and order thumb bits- delicious garlic beef medallions on melba toasts with a pickle on top.

Pebbles went under, but you can get the recipe.. Or you can use what you have- we did a variation with ground meat (MasterChef Mystery Box leftover), lemongrass, hot dog buns, and fresh Romas.

As always, just don’t omit the pickle…


  • 12 oz ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, minced
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup leftover rice, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 hot dog buns
  • 2 whole dill pickles (we only eat Claussens), thick sliced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, thick sliced

Mix the beef, lemongrass, worcestershire, rice, egg, and garlic together in a bowl. Season really well with S&P. Form into very small patties- smaller than a slider and a little bigger than a golf ball. I got about 14 out of mine. Cook on a very HOT, well greased grill for 5 minutes exactly, flipping after about 3 minutes. Toast up the buns, cut each slide into three pieces and top with a beef slider, a pickle, and a tomato..

Makes 12 thumb bits.

Then read a little about thumb bit history. “A ‘thumb-bit’ is a piece of meat eaten on bread, and is so called for the obvious reason that the thumb is used to secure the meat in place.”


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