Rating: 4.79 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a GREAT kids' favorite, whether BBQ, frying or oven prepared. This recipe fits for all flavors of hot dogs and hamburger meat. If you make smaller hamburger patties, you can put them in hamburger buns to eat. BBQ grilling works also.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
4 burgers
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Mix ground beef, chives, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and ground mustard thoroughly in a bowl; divide in fourths and make 4 thick oval-shaped burgers. Top each burger with a slice of sharp Cheddar cheese and about 2 tablespoons of chopped sweet onion.

  • Poke 2 holes in the long ends of each burger with your fingers for the heads and tails. Insert half a hot dog into the head and tail holes, letting the rounded ends of the hot dogs poke out about 1 1/2 inches. Press to secure. Poke 2 more holes on each side of the burger and insert 2 more hot dog halves on each side for legs. Cut 2 small slits, about 3/4 inch long, into the ends of the legs to make toes. Repeat with remaining ground beef, hot dogs, cheese slices, and onion to make 4 turtle burgers topped with cheese and onion. If desired, cut tails to small sharp points for more realism.

  • Place 3 halved bacon slices onto a work surface, sides touching. Weave 3 more bacon slices into the first ones, facing 90 degrees to the first slices, to make a woven bacon piece; lay the woven bacon onto a burger, arranging bacon between heads, legs, and tails. Secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining bacon to make 3 more woven bacon pieces and cover remaining burgers with bacon.

  • Place a baking rack into a large roasting pan; lay the bacon-wrapped turtle burgers onto the rack and cover lightly with foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the burgers are no longer pink in the middle and hot dog ends are browned, 20 to 30 minutes. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a burger should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

553 calories; protein 37g; carbohydrates 4.1g; fat 42.2g; cholesterol 134.4mg; sodium 1382.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (12)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2012
Love your choice of flavorings for the Turtle Burgers! I won a contest two years ago for them but mine included no seasoning ideas so my hats off to you! Have added a photo so everyone can see what they look like cooked:-) Read More
(19)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2012
Love your choice of flavorings for the Turtle Burgers! I won a contest two years ago for them but mine included no seasoning ideas so my hats off to you! Have added a photo so everyone can see what they look like cooked:-) Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2012
Great use and fun idea for burgers. Please take this advice....do not put on the grill...BIG mistake the cheese lite my grill on fire! But putting them in the oven after they got to flaming was a better way to go! My family really enjoyed the burgers but they were huge! I didn't hear any complaints at all. TY Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2012
This is all of the favorite flavor of the 4th of July big bang all together as soon as I seen this I could not wait to try this. And guess wait? We all absolutely loved this burger thank you and God bless Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2014
these were great. I made just a few changes. these are too big as described in the recipe. I used cocktail size hot dogs and made the burger smaller. Also I added the cheese into the middle of the burger. I also prefer raw onion on my burger and my kids do not like them at all so I left them off. I have made these several times and they are always a hit. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2013
Do not grill they will just fall apart, next time will make in oven as recipe states Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2013
Next time I will use Lil' Smokies and make them smaller. Not only were they huge but it took much longer to get them cooked inside than the directions called for leaving the hot dogs overdone. The idea is fantastic and the kids thought they were fun. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2013
Great and creative idea! The only thing I did different was to use the slices from cutting the tail to a point to make flippers and turn them into sea turtles. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2015
i loved it AWESOME Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2018
Was a great hit at last nights New Year s Eve party!! Read More
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