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TykeMart bloggers and members share easy budget friendly recipes to make for the whole family.  Recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Every Sunday evening we get the family together by having a barbecue at our house.  It's a great time to share awesome food and catch up with the week's events.  My daughters who now live in different states take part in this tradition on Facetime, the marvels of technology!

This weekly dinner is great, but it does create a bit of a problem, what to cook!  I spend the day searching for something different or at the very least putting a new twist on our regular standards of steaks, kebobs, hot dogs, and burgers.

Last week I saw some yummy looking stuffed burgers on Pinterest.  I decided to put my own spin on the burger and my family loved it!

I used 80/20 ground chuck to make sure the thick patties hold together during grilling. I love garlic so I use a couple of teaspoons, and omit the salt because I feel the onion soup mix has enough salt in it.  Spices can be adjusted to taste. It's really simple, kids can help prepare it.  It goes great with oven baked crosscut seasoned potatoes found in the freezer section of the local supermarket. 

This recipe makes 8 good sized stuffed patties.


3 lbs. ground ground chuck

1 envelope onion soup mix

2 tsps. garlic powder

1 tbls. worchestershire sauce

8 slices pepper jack cheese - quartered

8 slices cheddar cheese


Mix first 4 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Make sure soup mix, garlic powder, and worchestershire sauce are evenly mixed into the beef. 

Divide meat into 16 equal parts and roll each portion into a meatball.  Make the meatballs as equal in size as possible.

Quarter each slice of pepper jack cheese to make 8 stacks of quartered slices


Flatten meatballs into patties making it thinner in the center.  Press one stack of cheese into each of 8 patties.


Place the other patties over the patties with cheese and seal.  Pinch the seams together all the way around, make sure the patties are sealed well so that cheese doesn't seep out while grilling.


Wipe the grill with some oil to keep burgers from sticking.  Grill burgers about 10 minutes each side or until it's cooked the way you like.  Server on buns with desired condiments and sides.


The other day I decided to make garlic cheese knots but couldn't find the refrigerated bread dough it required.  I was determined to find a substitute and wandered down the grocery aisles.  I found Bridgeford frozen bread dough in the freezer aisle and came up with a brilliant idea.  I'd forgotten about these handy frozen loaves of bread dough.  I grabbed a package of three and headed home to try out my newest idea, cheese stuffed garlic bread balls!

I made it that afternoon.  They were delicious bite size balls of melted cheese cheddar wrapped in oven fresh bread.  You can use different cheeses for a different twist.



1 loaf Bridgeford frozen bread dough - thawed

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 stick butter

1 tbls. garlic powder

1 tbls. shredded fresh parmesean cheese

1 tbls. chopped fresh parsley


1.  Flatten thawed bread dough on a floured surface.  Flatten dough to about 1/4" thick - you should end up with a rectangle about 12" in length and 4" wide

2.  Sprinkle shredded cheese down the center of this rectangle.

3.. Fold dough over and pinch it closed around the cheese - be sure to pinch both ends closed too.

4.  Using a sharp knife cut a 1" slice off the end - seal the remainder of the loaf by pinching the cut end together

5.  Pinch close the open end of the piece you sliced off.  Form it into a ball.  Place ball on to a lightly buttered baking sheet.

6.  Continue steps 4-5 with remaining bread dough.  You will end up with 12 balls.

7.  Melt butter  in microwave and stir in remaining ingredients.

8.  Brush butter mixture over each ball.

9.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 20-25 mins. or until golden brown.

Serve warm

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