Food & Recipes

Double-Decker Cheeseburgers

by Maile Carpenter

Double-Decker Cheeseburgers

Nothing says “summer” like a double-decker cheeseburger. Our easy hamburger recipe is a homemade version of a fast-food classic. Prep the patties the night before.

Kid-Friendly Recipe Prep time: 15 to 20 minutes plus 4 hours freezing time  
Cooking time: 10 minutes  
Yield: 8 servings 
  • 3 lbs 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 12 plain hamburger buns
  • 16 slices american cheese
  • 3/4 cup thousand island dressing
  • Lettuce, onion, and tomato slices (optional)
  1. Put beef, eggs, salt, and pepper into large mixing bowl; combine thoroughly.
  2. Divide mixture into 16 portions; form each into a ball. Place each ball on a sheet of plastic wrap and press flat into a very thin patty, about 1/2 inch thick and 4 inches in diameter. Wrap each patty in plastic and freeze for at least 4 and up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high. Unwrap patties and grill them, about 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through (they should read 160 on an instant-read thermometer).
  4. Assemble burgers: Top eight bun bottoms each with a beef patty, slice of cheese, dressing, and another bun top or bottom. Top with eight remaining patties, then cheese dressing, and finish off with bun tops.
  5. Garnish with lettuce, onion, and tomato, if desired. Serve kids half a burger each.
Kid-Friendly Recipe How kids can help: Measure ingredients; count out cheese slices and buns, garnish burgers.

Per serving(1 burger): 659 calories, 33 g fat (15 g saturated), 1,487 mg sodium, 194 mg cholesterol.