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September 5, 2011

Turtle Burgers



Turtle Burgers

Here's a new twist on how to serve burgers and if you don't cook,
give this handy little guide to someone that does and request them.
What they are is a bacon wrapped burger with hot dog pieces sectioned for the legs, tail and head. First off make a bacon weave with 5-6 strips of thin cut bacon as such. 6 strips of bacon make’s a jumbo sized burger so you might have to use less bacon. Your cardiologist would agree.
Next place a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, which has a lower melting point, on the bacon. Make a hamburger patty to your liking seasoned as you wish. Then fold up the bacon ends over what will be the bottom of the patty. Carefully flip the bacon wrapped patty over onto a piece of tinfoil.
Cut up some Hebrew National hot dogs or any hot dog that you like as long as it’s a skinless hot dog. Cut the legs to 2” and the head to about 3” long. Cut one for the tail trimming to a point. Insert limbs between the bacon weaves on the sides of the burger to simulate a turtle. Cut ¼” slits in the leg ends to simulate the webbed toes of a turtle, these will fan out while cooking. You can also use whole peppercorns for the eyes.
While this is not a difficult task, it does require a bit of patience. Fasten the limbs with tooth picks to hold it together while cooking. When finished cooking remove the toothpicks the limbs will stay in place for plating.
Here are three finished turtles ready to bake.
Place on an oven rack, covered loosely with foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees. A little crispy & not too crunchy, just how a turtle should be, no?
Add lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, mayo or whatever you like and dig in.
Neat looking treat and tasty too. For an extra juicy burger make your patties with half hamburger and half pork sausage. As you can see some of my Turtle Burgers toes fanned out a little too much so make smaller toes next time. All in all not a real difficult burger. I made the 50/50 pork & hamburger patties which was juicy and tasty. Different from a regular ole burger. Kids love the novel idea too.
The Last Two Photos are WELL-DONE!

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