Halloween Burgers

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Make your favorite burgers this Halloween and top them with yellow American cheese cut out to look like Jack-o-lanterns for a quick and fun dinner before trick or treating.

A plate with a piece of cheese that looks like a Jack-o-lantern face on a toasted bun along side a pile of fries.

For the last 3 years we’ve had Jack-o-lantern pepperoni pizza for dinner on Halloween. It’s been our tradition and it’s a fun one since my son loves pizza.

I like to make something quick before we go out trick or treating and I want it to be semi-decent since I know we will all be eating candy later on in the night.  While I’ll still make a pizza this year I’ve been thinking about making something a little more substanstial to go along with it.

So when I saw these fun Halloween Jack-o-lantern burgers in a Food Network magazine I was ready to go!  I like how easy they are to make and that you can use any burger recipe to go along with them.

Ingredients:

  • ground beef
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • garlic cloves
  • American cheese
  • buns
  1. Heat a gas grill to medium high heat.
  2. Using a sharp knife cut jack-o-lantern faces out of the slices of cheese.  Set aside.
  3. To make the burgers combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, Worcestersire sauce, and garlic cloves in a bowl.
  4. Mix gently to combine.  Do not over mix the burger.
  5. Shape into 5 burgers.
  6. Place on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reads around 130 degrees.
  7. Put the jack-o-lantern cheese on top and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  8. Remove from the grill and serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

The fun thing about this recipe is that kids can get involved.   Hand each kid a few pieces of cheese and some type of knife and let them cut out their own jack-o-lantern shape to top their burger!

I made all the faces myself and I still had fun.  My 4 year old thought it was really cool when he figured out what it was that I was making.  He then wanted to know how it was going to make a pumpkin on the burger.

Two slices of cheesse with Jack-o-lantern cut out faces on them.

Can I use pre-made burger patties from the market?

Yes!  Grab pre-made burger patties at the market and use them along with a slice of cheese and enjoy!  You can also use your favorite burger recipe.

Can I use a different kind of cheese?

Sure!  Make sure you use a yellow or orange cheese so that it still looks like a jack-o-lantern and make sure it’s a cheese that melts well.  Cheddar is a good substitute if you don’t like American cheese.

Is there something I can use as a stem on top of the jack-o-lantern?

A piece of green bell pepper is an easy and edible way to make a stem on top of the pumpkin.  You could also cut a piece of lettuce and put it on top.

Can I make any other Halloween topped burgers?

Use a slice of white American cheese or white Swiss cheese and cut out a ghost with two eye holes in the top for another fun Halloween shape.

Pin Image:   Text, A plate with a piece of cheese that looks like a Jack-o-lantern face on a toasted bun along side a pile of fries.

These were really easy to make.   I simply put together the burger mixture and cooked them on the grill as normal.   During the last minute or two I added the cheese and that was it!

They looked super cute and I was excited to eat them.  We love cheeseburgers in this house and this was such a fun way to decorate them for Halloween.

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Pin Image: Text, A plate with a piece of cheese that looks like a Jack-o-lantern face on a toasted bun along side a pile of fries.

Halloween Burgers

Yield: 5 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make your favorite burgers this Halloween and top them with yellow American cheese cut out to look like Jack-o-lanterns for a quick and fun dinner before trick or treating.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 slices American cheese
  • 5 buns

Instructions

    1. Heat a gas grill to medium high heat.
    2. Using a sharp knife cut jack-o-lantern faces out of the slices of cheese.  Make them all the same or all different. Set aside.
    3. To make the burgers combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, Worcestersire sauce, and garlic cloves in a bowl. 
    4. Mix gently to combine.  Do not over mix the burger.
    5. Shape into 5 quarter pound burgers.
    6. Place on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reads around 140 degrees.
    7. Put the jack-o-lantern cut out cheese on top and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
    8. Remove from the grill and serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

Notes

Recipe idea from Food Network

Two burgers on a grill with jack-o-lantern cheese on top!

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