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A twist on the usual summer barbecue fare: Instead of slapping a piece of cheese on top, you hide a chunk of cheese in the middle of a hamburger. After all, everyone likes a surprise -- especially if it's melted cheese.

What you'll need (serves four):

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 4 chunks of a favorite cheese (approximately 1-by-2-inch)

What you'll do:

Make hamburger patties the way you normally do, then make a pocket in the burger, stuff a chunk of cheese in and seal it up. Cook as normal. Your happy eaters will enjoy the surprise as much as eating the burgers.

Since this recipe is all about raw meat, we don't recommend letting your kids get involved in the making of the burgers. Instead get them to make and color place mats with a big "surprise" written on them, for everyone coming to dinner.

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