Red-Neck Turtle Burgers

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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.

close up view of a Turtle Burger wrapped with bacon, served on a burger with tomato slices and lettuce on a burger on a white plate
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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
4 burgers

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef round

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

  • 4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion (such as Maui)

  • 12 regular-sized hot dogs, halved crosswise

  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise

Directions

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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 (per serving)

553 Calories
42g Fat
4g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 553
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 1382mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 479mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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