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Maw-Maw’s Hamburger Surprise

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These Hamburger Surprises have been enjoyed by at least 5 generations of our family.  They are so delicious! Make them for your next BBQ for a special treat!

Stuffed burger wrapped with bacon on bun with lettuce and tomato.

When I was growing up, we called Monday evenings “kids night.”  My siblings and I got to pick the dinner.  

When the weather was nice we also played yard games as a family.  Hamburger Surprises were the most requested dinner for those fun kids nights.  

They definitely were a family favorite.  I enjoy making them for my “kids” and grandson too.

Ground beef patty topped with cheese, diced onions and bbq sauce ready for top patty to make stuffed hamburger surprises.

My cousin, Courtney, asked Carlee if she would share this recipe on her cooking blog.  I’m guessing it has been years since she had them.  

They must have made such an impression on her that she would remember them.  I’m glad she made the request.  

I had been looking forward to sharing this family favorite recipe with everyone.

Bacon wrapped stuffed hamburgers on grill.

We kids would help Maw-Maw put the burgers together while Paw-Paw fired up the grill.  He would often changed the letters up a bit and say he was going to (f)art the stire.  

Maw-Maw says she just made these burgers up.  Similar burgers have been popular recently, but I had never heard of anything similar until a few years ago.  

Paw-Paw liked to add Lawry’s Seasoned Salt as he was grilling them.

Please consider starting up the charcoal grill for this.  They are very worth the effort!

Hand holding half of a hamburger surprise stuffed with cheese, onion and BBQ sauce.

I like a nice thick burger.  At 1/2 pound of meat each they qualify as the perfect thickness.  

You can eat 1/2 of one if that’s too big.  My guess is you’ll enjoy it so much that you will want to eat the whole thing.

Sometimes we do show a little restraint and make a smaller burger patty and leave off the bacon wrapper.  Either way the burgers are absolutely delicious! 

Pops and I made these for our weekly family dinner and they were grilled to perfection.  The meat was just right and the cheese was melted in the middle.  Everyone enjoyed them.

Maw-Maw and I got to talking about these.  She said she thinks mushrooms and Swiss cheese filling would be good.  Sounds like the makings of another family dinner.


What are your favorite ways to jazz up a hamburger?

If you are looking for a fun weeknight dinner that is similar to burgers, but easier… try my maid rites. They are so quick and delicious! 

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Stuffed burger wrapped with bacon on bun with lettuce and tomato.

Maw-Maw’s Hamburger Surprise

Servings: 1 Burger
Author: Carlee
These Hamburger Surprises have been enjoyed by at least 5 generations of our family. They are so delicious! Make them for your next BBQ for a special treat!
5 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 T finely diced onion
  • 1 T your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 slice cheese from a block of cheese, we used white cheddar You can use shredded cheese too, you just want to be careful not to use too much if you want it to stay in the middle.
  • 1 strip bacon
  • Seasoned Salt


  • Make two 1/4 pound hamburger patties.
    ½ lb ground beef
  • Top one patty with onion, BBQ sauce and cheese. Add second patty and pinch the edges together.
    1 T finely diced onion, 1 T your favorite BBQ sauce, 1 slice cheese
  • Shape it into a bun sized circle. Wrap with bacon (optional but encouraged). Use a toothpick to hold in place.
    1 strip bacon
  • Cook on medium hot grill. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Cook for about 8 minutes. Flip and grill for about 7 more minutes or until cooked to your liking
    Seasoned Salt


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 821kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 72gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 241mgSodium: 1139mgSugar: 7g

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Monday 29th of April 2024

This is a lot of fun making these for family!


Sunday 24th of June 2018

Thank you so much, Val!


Wednesday 27th of September 2017

wow, that's one heck of a burger! Cheers


Thursday 28th of September 2017

Ha! It really is, thanks!


Sunday 23rd of July 2017

This burger looks great. I've yet to try one of these burgers with the cheese in the middle! Where is my cook when I need her. I may have to give in and make it myself!


Thursday 28th of September 2017

Oh man! It is certainly worth the effort, though!


Monday 12th of June 2017

What a great idea to let the kids pick one night of the week. I am pretty sure that's why we have grandkids so be can do better the 2nd time around.😁


Tuesday 13th of June 2017

Ha! Isn't that a fun idea to let the kids pick? If I did that with little dude now we'd be having a lot more macaroni and cheese and pizza. We already have both more often than we should! But luckily he is good eater of most anything and I am sure his picks will be much "better" soon!