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Kitchen Hack (noun):  Refers to a shortcut found in the kitchen.  A tip or a technique that makes one’s life easier, specifically when it comes to organizing or preparing a meal.

Grilling cheeseburgers isn’t necessarily difficult.  The concept is simple even if there are complicated recipes out there for making the perfect patty.  I, for one, love the taste of a good grilled cheeseburger.  However, I don’t always have the luxury of being able to grill them.

Most nights when I’m preparing dinner, I’m the only adult with 4 kids under the age of 6.  That makes it difficult to duck in and out of the house to watch both the burgers and my boys.  But I don’t want to give up cheeseburgers.  Nor do I want to wait until it’s the perfect time when both my husband and I are home.  Therefore, I keep it simple.

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Keep it simple by…making cheeseburgers in the oven!  Similar to making sausages/brautwurst in the oven, it’s incredibly easy.Just put them on a broiler pan, season them and bake them.  It doesn’t taste exactly the same as on the grill — nothing can replace that favor.  But it’s certainly better than NO cheeseburgers!

As an added bonus, some of the fat that would be re-absorbed by the burger drips into the pan.  Making it less fat – but still tons of flavor!

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Keep it simple by…keeping the seasonings simple.  For me, it’s just salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Well, except I also add worcestershire sauce, which is lovely with burgers.  But season it however you want to.

Keep it simple by…using pre-made hamburger patties.  Is it more expensive?  For sure!  But since I can’t seem to form a hamburger patty that doesn’t either fall apart or turn into a hockey puck, it’s worth it to me!

Making Cheeseburgers in the Oven

Ingredients

  • hamburger patties
  • seasonings - salt, pepper, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, etc.
  • cheese - cheddar, pepper jack, colby, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. On a roasting pan, place hamburger patties.  

  3. Season both sides of the patty as you normally would. I do salt, pepper, garlic powder and worcestershire sauce.

  4. Bake until mostly cooked - about 15 minutes.  

  5. Top the patties with cheese slices.  Bake just until the cheese is melted - 2-3 minutes.  

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She coupons, price matches and meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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