Mushroom Beef Patties


1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt, divided
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. dried basil
5 tbsp. butter or margarine, divided
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. chopped green onion


Combine beef, crumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and garlic powder; mix well. Shape into 3 or 4 oval patties; cook on both sides until no longer pink. Cook the mushrooms and basil in 2 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat until tender. Increase heat to high; cook and stir until most of the liquid evaporates. Melt the remaining butter; stir in flour. Gradually blend in cream. Add 1/2 cup water, hot pepper sauce and remaining salt; cook and stir on low until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Add enough remaining water to make a medium-thin sauce. Add mushrooms; heat through. Serve over beef patties; top with cheese and onions.