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Hide & Seek Hamburgers

Believe it or not, I have never been able to get my kid to eat hamburgers… until now. We accomplished this culinary feat by using our favorite new pickiness buster – kid sizing it! First, we bought mini hamburger buns and then I upped the anti by rolling the ground beef into mini meat balls and inviting my kid to “hide” a cube of cheese in the middle. I covered up the evidence, shaped it like a patty and fired up the grill. Of course, the cheese in the middle melted and my kid just loved biting into the mini burger looking for the hidden cheese. He ate two burgers and had so much fun doing it!

It should be noted that I used organic, grass fed ground beef for this recipe. I really prefer the taste and peace of mind, but I do find that this kind of meat cooks faster and it needs to be watched closely. Also, I should probably admit that I liked this meal as much as my kid did. Mini burgers are so awesome! Now for the recipe…

Hide & Seek Hamburgers Recipe adapted from Epicurious [1].

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 10 mins

1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
sea salt & ground pepper
8 mini cubes of sharp cheddar
2 small vine ripened tomatoes sliced
8 mini hamburger buns or dinner rolls

In a medium bowl mix together beef, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste and form 8 meatballs. Push one cube of cheese into each meatball and pinch up meat to “hide” the cheese. Flatten meat into a patty. Patty should be slightly larger than the diameter of your mini hamburger bun to allow for shrinkage on the grill. Grill burgers over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. (Cooking time will vary depending on your desired level of doneness.) Toast the buns on the grill. Assemble burgers on buns and add one slice of tomato to each burger. Let burgers rest for a few minutes before serving. Makes 8 mini burgers.

Veggie Tip: For my husband I grilled up some Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patties and melted cheddar cheese on top. I assembled them on buns and added the slice of tomato. Husband was quite pleased!

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[1] Epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Outside-in-Cheddar-Sliders-on-Mini-Buns-353829

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