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