Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Before you think, “oh my gosh, Jenn is eating beef?!”  I did not eat these.  I just made them for Zack and his brothers.  Do not fear, I am still the same poultry-only gal that I’ve always been.

With that being said, Zack is such a good sport.  He puts up with me only cooking poultry dishes (and even enjoys them…most of the time!), but he is still a beef-eater at heart.  Cheeseburgers are one of his all-time favorite foods.

I’d been wanting to make him some cheeseburgers for a long time, but couldn’t justify buying a thing of beef for just one person.  One day, I finally relented and bought a pound of ground beef and low-and-behold, the next day we found out we would be having dinner with his brothers (also avid beef-ers).

I excitedly whipped out this recipe and started getting everything ready to make it.

I have to admit, with all the cheesy goodness and added spices, it does look like a good burger.  I bet this recipe would work well with turkey burgers, too.

The boys really liked the burgers…and I will take their word for it.  I still have no desire to try beef, no matter how pretty it looks.

Did I forget to mention that there is also BACON inside this burger? Yes, this is a manly-man sandwich.

Not bad for a girl who’s never cooked with beef before, huh? 🙂

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Yield: 4 hamburgers

– 1 lb ground beef

– 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

– 1 tablespoon steak seasoning

– 1 tablespoon dried parsley

– 1/2 teaspoon paprika

– 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

– 4 slices bacon, halved and crisply cooked

– 2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered

– salt and pepper to taste

– 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

In a bowl, mix beef, garlic, seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce just until combined.  Form into 8 thin burgers.  Top each of 4 burgers with 2 pieces of bacon and 2 slices of cheese.  add another burger and seal edges.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill burgers over medium heat to desired doneness.

Serve burgers on buns, garnish as desired.

Hamburger Cupcakes

Last year, Zack and I lived in an apartment in Radford, Virginia.  He worked nights which would leave me for hours of nothing to do except play with food!  I saw online one day that someone had made some of these and I thought they were completely adorable and I knew I had to try them.

 

You’ll need:

– a box of yellow cake mix (plus ingredients to make the cupcakes)

– a box of chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients to make the cupcakes)

– yellow, red, and green decorating icings

– sesame seeds (optional)

Bake the yellow cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes as instructed on the box.  Instead of chocolate cupcakes, you could also use brownies.  After baking, allow to cool completely on wire racks.

Next, cut the tops off of all the chocolate cupcakes (or if you’re using brownies, cut to roughly the same size as the bottom of the yellow cupcakes).  Reserve all the chocolate tops, and what you do with the bottoms is up to you.  Maybe make some cake balls with them?

After that, cut each yellow cupcake in half.  Spread some yellow icing on the tops of the bottom part of the yellow cupcakes.  Then place the chocolate cupcake top (or brownie) on the yellow icing.  Make sure some yellow icing is visible for the mustard.

On top of the chocolate part, drizzle yellow and green icing.  Now you have your ketchup and relish (or pickles/lettuce if you want to pretend!).  Stick the top of the yellow cupcake on top of that, once again making sure they’re visible.  If you are using sesame seeds, sprinkle them on top of the cupcakes.  I think they look cute enough without them.

Unfortuantely, I quickly got bored with making the hamburger cupcakes, so I decorated some more differently.  I surprised Zack with this plate of them when he got home from work.  I think most of them got thrown away, though, because there’s not nearly enough icing on them! I love icing and need it in copious amounts on cake! 😉

 

 

If anyone has tried out the hamburger cupcakes (or making cupcakes into any other type of food), I’d love to see it!