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Funny-face cheeseburgers

Total Time
33 min
18 min
15 min
Come on Moms and Dads, make heatlhy eating a fun, family adventure. We've made suggestions for face-making vegetables, but let your kids' creativity rule. These cute, open-faced patty melts could be made with ground turkey or chicken for a change of taste. And the faces?!?! Dill rounds for eyes. Yellow bell pepper strips for hair. Radish nose, and ripe red tomato wedge smile! This recipe gives you burger night with a twist in about a half hour. Serve the happy face patties alongside a potato or sweet potato side, and add a full green salad, too.


Uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)


¼ cup(s)

Uncooked onion(s)

¼ cup(s), chopped, minced

Table salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Low fat American cheese single(s)

3 oz, (four 3/4 oz slices)*

Uncooked carrot(s)

¼ cup(s), thickly shredded (for hair)


2 small, black, pitted and sliced into 4 pieces each (for eyes)

Sweet red pepper(s)

1 Tbsp, cut into 4 small triangular pieces (for noses)


1 Tbsp, cut into 4 smile shapes (for mouths; remove seeds)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine beef, ketchup, onion, salt and black pepper until well-blended. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
  2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add burgers and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side until cooked through.
  3. Place a slice of cheese on each burger. Cover skillet and cook over low heat until cheese starts to melt, about 30 seconds. Remove burgers to plates and decorate with carrot hair, olive eyes, red pepper noses and cucumber smiles. Yields 1 burger per serving.


*Consider serving children’s burgers in whole-wheat buns and using reduced-fat or regular cheese instead of fat-free.