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Bite-Size Cheeseburgers

  • yield: Makes about 50
Photography: William Meppem




  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 recipe Basic Bread Dough
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Ketchup
  • 14 cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 head lettuce, torn to fit buns
  • 1 package American cheese, 12 ounces, thinly sliced and cut to fit buns


  1. Step 1

    Preheat convection oven to 375 degrees or conventional oven to 350 degrees. Coat parchment-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls; place 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Let stand in a warm place until dough doubles in bulk, 20 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Brush egg wash over dough; sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Cool buns on rack.

  3. Step 3

    In bowl, mix ground beef, salt, and pepper. Shape 1/4 ounce at a time into 1 1/2-inch patties. Broil or grill 1 minute per side.

  4. Step 4

    At serving time, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice buns in half. Layer ketchup, tomato, and lettuce on each bottom half.

  5. Step 5

    Place burgers on baking sheet; top each with a slice of cheese. Bake until cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes. Place in buns; serve.

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