Hot Dog Cheeseburger Served On A Flower Power Bun

Everyone loves a good cookout! Grilling up some hot dogs and hamburgers with friends can't be beat – that is, until you have to decide what you want to eat. How are you supposed to choose just 1 of those 2 delicious options? Well, you don't have to worry about making the wrong choice anymore, because we've found a way to combine the best of both worlds. In this hot dog & hamburger hybrid, we're taking a juicy cheeseburger, stuffing it with hot dogs, and serving it all up on a homemade bun shaped like an adorable flower. This awesome burger is here to satisfy all of your cravings!

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Moderate

You'll Need:

For the flower power buns:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp fresh yeast or 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ⅓ cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

For the hot dog cheeseburgers:

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese

For the toppings:

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • pickles
  • crispy fried onions

Here's How:

1. For the flower power buns, dissolve the fresh or dry yeast in the warm milk, then combine the yeast mixture with the flour. Add in 1 egg, sugar, salt, and the softened butter, then knead the mixture by hand until a smooth dough forms. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 2 equal sections and knead both halves a second time. Roll both segments of dough out into circles, each about 6 inches in diameter. Transfer the 2 round pieces of dough to a baking tray lined with parchment paper and let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Once the dough has rested, make 8 equally spaced incisions around the outside dough, stopping about halfway to the center.

3. Make 8 additional incisions, each about ½ the length of the previous ones, between the first set of cuts you made in the dough.

4. Pinch the segments of dough between the large cuts together, making the petals of the flower.

5. Whisk the remaining egg and a small amount of milk together to make the egg wash. Brush the egg wash over the surface of both pieces of dough and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Transfer the baking tray to the oven and bake the flower power buns at 375°F for 15 minutes. Once the buns have baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool.

6. For 1 hot dog burger, make a diagonal cut through the center of 4 hot dogs. Position the hot dog halves together on a piece of parchment paper in the shape of a star.

7. Mix together the ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, and paprika, then form 4 patties out of the ground beef mixture. Press 1 patty on top of the hot dog star, then flip the whole thing over using the parchment paper.

8. Press a second ground beef patty on top of the hot dogs, filling in any gaps there might be between the patties. Repeat this process a second time using the remainder of the ingredients. For the best results, transfer the hot dog-stuffed hamburger patties to the freezer and freeze them for 30 minutes.

9. Fry or grill the hot dog-stuffed hamburger patties for about 4 minutes on each side. After you've flipped them over the first time, place a slice of cheddar cheese on top.

10. Slice the flower power buns in half and toast them in the frying pan to add some extra texture and flavor. Place 1 hot dog cheeseburger on top of each bun, then add sliced tomato, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and crispy fried onions.

Next time you fire up the grill, try throwing some of these awesome hot dog cheeseburgers on for a change. Indecision will be a thing of the past thanks to this game-changing recipe!

Get the recipe for the Chicago-Style Hot Dog Burger featured in the bonus video.


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