Cheeseburgers Squared

Who says burgers have to be round? Serve a full square to grown-ups; for little eaters, you might want to cut the squares into triangles.
4 servings


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1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
Cooking spray
One 8-inch-square piece focaccia (in bakery section of grocery store)


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: About 12 minutes

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (if using oven, preheat to 375 degrees).

2. In a mixing bowl, combine ground meats, cheese, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, salt, and egg, and mix well.

3. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Press the meat mixture firmly into the pan, loosen edges with a knife, then invert the pan onto a baking sheet. (The meat should slide out in the shape of a square.) Cut the large square of meat into 4 square burgers, and, with a spatula, place each square carefully onto the grill. Cook for 6 minutes per side, or until burger registers 165 degrees on a meat thermometer. Alternately, place the squares in a baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.

4. Cut focaccia into 4 equal squares, then slice each in half crosswise for the bun. Put burgers in buns and serve with desired toppings.

How kids can help: Measure and mix ingredients; garnish burgers.

Created date

January 2005

Nutritional Information

Calories (1 burger): 428
Fat 21 g
Satfat 9 g
Sodium 776 mg
Cholesterol 139 mg