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Burger Babies

Fresh Buns are the first secret to these tasty little morsels. I always use my cinnamon bun dough recipe for the baby burger buns. (see recipe listed under yeast breads) I spray several 8x8" pans with PAM and pinch off golf ball size dough buns. I put 16 buns to a pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. You can freeze at this point to have on hand for later or use right aways.
The second secret is the caramelized onions.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced into thin rings (I like to use Walla Walla onions when available)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  1. Heat first two ingredients together in a fry pan until butter is melted.
  2. Add the sliced onion and saute for over low-medium heat for 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  3. Once onions have cooked down add sugar and balsamic vinegar and continue to saute for 10 minutes over low heat. 
NOTE: If onions begin to look dry when cooking, add 1-2 teaspoons of water.

The third secret is fresh ground sirloin.
  1. Make golf ball size meat balls and flatten to a small hamburger patty. Do not work the meat too much as this will give you  a tough patty.
  2. BBQ patties and baste with your favourite BBQ sauce.
  3. Slice buns and lightly toast. 
  4. Pace patties on the bottom part of bun. Top with a mound of onions and cover with top bun.
  5. Serve hot with desired condiments. 


  1. Okay . .these look delicious .. I would have them the next time you come over but since you are the inventor, I could hardly impress you with them ..

  2. Oh, these are making me very hungry right now. Never mind appies! About half a dozen should do for my dinner.

  3. Mmm..looking mighty good! At our house it would be minus onions though.

  4. What a great idea. I've seen these mini burgers in restaurants but never transferred the idea to the home!

  5. mini burgers would be a tease at our,but probably the reight size for me. i love the carmelized onion idea...definately gonna be on our burgers next time.

  6. I love this idea! I shall try them some time...soon, I hope.

  7. I love this recipe but a bit confused about how to turn your cinnamon bun recipe into hamburger buns. Would you be willing to send me an email with the recipe.. Thanks

    1. Me too as my dear,dear mother made the Best Cin.Buns/world!

  8. Kathy, do you mix the ground sirloin as you would with regular burgers...... you know, the egg, bread crumbs, spices? you can email me if you want,

  9. Easy and tasty is the best combination :) These look delicious and perfect for those rushed week nights!


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