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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.

   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.

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

    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!

Bacon wrapped stuffed hamburgers on grill.

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.

Hand holding half of a hamburger surprise burger showing melty cheese center.

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! 

Smaller hamburger surprise without bacon on bun with tomato slice.

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.

-MiMi

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! 

Yield: 1 Burger

Maw-Maw's Hamburger Surprise

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

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!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 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

Instructions

  1. Make two 1/4 pound hamburger patties.
  2. Top one patty with onion, BBQ sauce and cheese. Add second patty and pinch the edges together.
  3. Shape it into a bun sized circle. Wrap with bacon (optional but encouraged). Use a toothpick to hold in place.
  4. 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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 821Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 241mgSodium: 1139mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 72g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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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!


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