Turtle Burgers Recipe

Go ahead, play with your food – no turtles harmed in this adorable recipe.
  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 10 minutes
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  • Servings: Makes 6 servings

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ingredients

  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 packet Smoky BBQ Cheese Ball Mix
  • 8 all-beef hot dogs
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 3 hamburger buns, halved, toasted
  • 6 lettuce leaves

cooking methods

  • Grill

directions

  1. In large bowl, combine first 3 ingredients; salt and pepper as desired. Form into 6 patties.
  2. Prepare grill to medium heat. Place burgers on grill. Grill, turning once, until internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer, about 8-10 minutes. Add hot dogs to grill. Grill, turning occasionally, about 3-4 minutes or until desired doneness.
  3. Meanwhile, if desired, slice each cheese slice into 6 strips. Basket weave strips together and place on burgers. Continue grilling until melted. Remove from grill.
  4. Slice 6 hot dogs in half; slice each half in half lengthwise creating 4 sections each. If desired, cut 2 small triangles in the rounded end of each section creating turtle toes. Cut remaining 2 hot dogs into thirds. If desired, cut a slit into the round end or one end of the hot dog sections to create a mouth.
  5. Place lettuce leaves on toasted buns. Top each bun with 4 hot dog "legs", cut-side-down, and 1 head. Top with burgers.

Makes 6 servings.

Serve with Vidalia Onion Broccoli Slaw.

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare step 1. Place patties in a gallon freezer bag between sheets of wax paper. Place hot dogs in a quart freezer bag. Place both bags in a gallon freezer bag. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 2.

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