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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Maw-Maw's Hamburger Surprise

   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.


    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!

    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.



Maw-Maw's Hamburger Surprise

Ingredients:

This recipe is for one burger.  Multiply it by the number you intend to make.

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
Lawry's salt

  1. Make to 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
   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




38 comments:

  1. What wonderful memories and really great burgers! Thanks so much for sharing your family heirlooms.

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    1. It is so much fun to be able to share my childhood memories as well as my mom's!

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  2. We used to pick out dinner once a week too. I plan on doing the same when my kids get older. My husband would absolutely love the strip of bacon.

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    1. I think that is a fun tradition! I can't wait for my little guy to get a bit older so he can participate a little more in menu planning. I really think it will be fun when he can help some!

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  3. Loved the back story! I could just hear them talk! Great burger to try on Memorial Day!

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    1. Thank you! You are right, they would be great for Memorial Day!

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  4. Look at that ooey gooey goodness oozing out of that burger. Aren't food memories the best?!

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    1. A favorite meal definitely can bring back the warm and fuzzies!

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  5. My brother actually makes mushroom/swiss stuffed burgers! It's one of my favorite things that he makes. I need to tell him about your version with onions and barbecue. It sounds so amazingly flavorful. No wonder it's been a family favorite for you for so long. Also, I *love* the idea of "kid's night". What a great tradition!

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    1. Oooh, a mushroom swiss stuffed burger sounds great too! I can't wait for my little guy to be able to participate in picking dinner on kid's night. If he had his way now it would be eggs, cheese, toast (and candy if we'd let him) for every dinner!

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  6. Such a lovely story behind these, they look mega delicious! I'd love to sink my teeth into these right now. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

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    1. Thank you! They are worth making that is for sure!

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  7. Oh I'm making these... soon. They look Ah-MAZ-ing! :)

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  8. Oh, I want one of these!! They look amazing!

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    1. Thank you!! They are definitely worth the effort!

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  9. Love your little surprise in the middle!

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  10. A great Burger! Hope you have a very special Mothers Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Miz Helen

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    1. We have always loved them! Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend, thanks for hosting!

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  11. Now this is a burger! I've made something similar, but when I saw the BBQ sauce and it wrapped in bacon, and with Summer around the corner, this would be perfect for a family get together or tonight!! ;)
    Have a fantastic Mother's Day, Carlee!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! They would be perfect for tonight. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day as well!

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  12. Perfect for my husband and son! They love this stuff! Pinned!

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  13. Love This! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned

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  14. That is such a big burger! Stuffed burgers are so fun. Thank for sharing.

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    1. They were gigantic and wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Oh, I bet my husband would love these. So thick and the cheese is stuffed right in the middle. Perfect! Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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    1. They are so good, I hope you try them. Thanks for topping by!

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  16. I love stuffed burgers! Yum. Sorry, short comments today. Migraine. Thank you for sharing. Yummed!

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  18. Hi Carlee, wow this burger looks so good and I'd love to try it out this summer.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie xo

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    1. I hope you do, Julie! It has been a family favorite since long before my time! Have a superb weekend!

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  19. I have never tried a stuffed burger! These look delicious and I love the story. Definitely going to try these this summer.

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    1. I hope you do! We love trying different "stuffings" but we these are the original and our favorite.

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  20. These burgers sound SINful! I'm pretty sure I need this recipe in my life. Pinning!!

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    1. Thanks, Michele! They are totally worth the splurge!

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