26 February 2012

Cheeseburger [& Veggie Burger!] Won-ton Cups

Sometimes you just need a burger.  Whether it's a veggie burger, a burger burger, or something even fancier... your tummy eventually starts screaming for one!  I always have a freezer full of veggie burgers [*ahem* and some man-burgers too] but never quite get around to buying buns.  I needed a quick stand-in and, as always, won-ton cups to the rescue! <3

Mini Cheeseburger Cups!
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Cheeseburger [& Veggie Burger!] Won-ton Cups
Pick up a package of won-ton wrappers, snag your burger of choice, +  pile on the toppings! 


brontosaurus chefs grab your favorite veggie burger, bean burger, or veggie crumbles!  1 patty should make approx 5-6 mini burgers.

t-rex chefs use ground turkey/beef or a leftover burger that needs to be fun again.  1 burger should make approx 6 minis and 1/2lb of ground beef/turkey will yield ya about 16-18 cheeseburger cups.  If you're starting from scratch, you'll need 1/4 tsp dried minced onion, 1/4 tsp parsley, 1/8 tsp salt plus additional S+P to taste.

toppings for everyone!
Toasted Sesame Seeds [for a faux sesame seed bun!]
Grated Cheddar or Gouda Cheese
Finely Diced Raw Onion
Lettuce + Tomato
Mustard + Ketchup
[cheeseburger]

Mini Cheeseburger Cups!


[veggie burger]

Mini Cheeseburger Cups!

Get Cooking!
Well, sorta -- unless you're making your burgers especially for this dish, you'll be doing more assembling than cooking.  Go ahead, preheat your oven to 365F and do your easy dish happy dance.  I'll wait =)

If you're starting with plain ground beer or turkey, season it exactly like you'd season your favorite burger.   For a half-pound of ground meat a good start would be to add 1/4 tsp dried minced onion, 1/4 tsp parsley, 1/8 tsp salt plus additional S+P to taste.  Garlic powder is another fantastic add-in.  For those of you grabbing a burger straight from your fridge or freezer [almost typed pantry. gross] you've got very little to do for an uber impressive dish.  If you're grabbing a veggie burger from the freezer, go ahead and cook it before attempting to crumble... this way you don't have to break out a sledge hammer =)   If you're grabbing one from the fridge feel free to skip this step.  

Mini Cheeseburger Cups!

Spray a mini muffin tin with oil, gently fold a won-ton wrapper into each muffin hole, fill with your burger crumbles, top with onion, and then sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 365F for 8-10 minutes until the edges of your won-tons are golden and crispy.

Everyone has their texture dos and don'ts so no worries if you and I aren't on the same page, but P and I absolutely love raw onions on/in our burgers/veggie burgers so the addition of raw chopped onions in this recipe was a total must for us.  You can sautee them if you'd prefer or skip them entirely.  Same goes for any other ingredient in this recipe as well. Whatever makes you happy, makes me happy =)  Cheesy but true! <3

Mini Cheeseburger Cups!

So... How were they!?
These give sliders a run for their money!  They're faster to make... easier to assemble... and you won't ever again have to worry about the dreaded "too much bun too little slider" syndrome.  You can whip them up from scratch or simply grab some leftover burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers or black bean burgers and never again have a boring leftovers for lunch!

You're totally shaking your head and laughing at me for making another won-ton cup recipe aren't you?  It's ok, I can handle it =)  They're crunchy and amazing and I looove them!  What have you been whipping up lately?


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73 comments:

  1. You have gone won-ton crazy!  :)  I can see why though....all the recipes look delicious!

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  2. YUM!!!!  These look SO good!  Would be such a fun appetizer during football season :)

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  3. I tried your other wonton quiche cup recipe and it was awesome. A new lunch favourite. Now you have made these! You are my hero!

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  4. what an interesting idea! i gotta try this sometime :)

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  5. TheMrsatSuccessAlongtheWeighMonday, February 27, 2012

    This looks awesome and I say bring on the won ton recipes baby!  It's like instant portion control if you can stop at the right number of servings!  :-)

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  6. Thats a fantastic point!!!! Ok now I don't feel ashamed for making all my food inside them now =) haha! Thanks darling!

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  7. Lindsay @ The Lean Green BeanMonday, February 27, 2012

    brilliant as always. love my wontons :)

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  8. Another brilliant recipe, of course! 
    The vegan version sounds so delicious. I'm definitely going to make these. They would be perfect to serve as an appetizer the next time I have company over. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Too cute! It is so funny that you guys can't have burgers sans onions but Brad nor I would touch a burger WITH onions on it with a ten foot pole :-)

    Still these sound and look delicious and super easy.

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  10. This is so exciting, I literally JUST bought a pack of wontons - thanks for sharing another recipe for me to try! :)

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  11. shannon @ aperiodictableMonday, February 27, 2012

    what a great idea for appetizers! I love using won tons for recipes, and these look delicious (and so easy). this will be a big hit at my house, thanks for sharing!

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  12. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy LifeMonday, February 27, 2012

    Yum!  These look so delicious!  They would make a perfect appetizer for a party too! :-)

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  13. Def want to give these a try!!!! Looks SO good!

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  14. nicoleandgwendolynMonday, February 27, 2012

    oh, this is a divine idea!  and i love seeing when ketchup graces a recipe!  it's my goal to participate in this week's WIAW, and perhaps i'll be having a burger (not a Manburger, though - hahahaha) on that special day! :):):) you are so fabulous, i love your blog, and i'm always reading! xxx

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  15. Good recipe for any party, and affordable too.  It's monday, and first thing on my mind is to wake up (I am on my feet but not awake yet) :)

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  16. Those look real good, this might be great for my kids small and perfect for their hands. Thanks for the recipe

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  17. Yummy!!! I bought wonton wrappers this weekend with you in mind. I've been wanting to try some (or all!!! :) of your wonton recipes and finally I'll be able to this week - this one looks awesome!!! Veggie cheeseburgers no matter how they're served are the BEST!!! This would be an awesome party appie too!

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  18. That's a great idea! I never buy the buns either... 

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  19. These are so cute...and I love cute food! :-)  

    P.S. Just wanna let you know that I tried to click over from Google reader and it wouldn't let me.  I had to type in your address in order to get here to comment.  

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  20. Thanks doll -- I accidentally posted the first time before it was ready and then had to repost. so one of the google reader entries doesn't work at. all. myyyyy bad! =) I'm so challenged! lol

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  21. I would go for the T-Rex version of this dish. It just dawned on me that you won-ton creations would be great for a potluck.  Next time...

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  22. Thanks doll! You can prep them ahead of time an assemble them, then bring them un-cooked to the party and pop them in the host's oven for like 8-10 min and they'll be hot and fresh and ahmaaazing! The only issue is they don't microwave well b/c they lose their crunch!

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  23. I love this idea and I LOVE how you use wonton cups! They're so creative!

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  24. Love the idea of using the wonton cups. Great finger food for a party too!

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  25. Those look amazing (as always)!!!!! I totally need to pick up some wonton cups

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  26. Is there anything you don't put inside wonton cups?!!  Lol :-)  But for serious, they look delish and FUN!  Who needs buns anyway?!  hehe

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  27. Hmmm... nope! Anything and everything goes when I'm in the kitchen =)

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  28. I love tiny food! These look delish!

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  29. You have me craving these won ton cups... I am caving and buying some at the store to experiment! All of your recipes look so good!

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  30. Anything in a wonton cup just looks so cute and tasty. I can totally see wonton sliders on restaurant menus. Maybe you should get in there before they steal your idea!! I love the dinosaur lines you put in there:)

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  31. I'm totally trying these this week!!! I've got leftover wontons from making baked crab rangoons over the weekend. Blogging about it tomorrow!

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  32. Thansk Talia! haha come start a restaurant with meeee! =)

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  33. mmmm love them baked! with delish crab and cream cheese! Though i cant find a good canned crab... and i've ODed on imitation. and im lazy to de-shell regular crab... lol what kind do you use? hehe

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  34. these look amazing! thanks for coming by my blog and i commented back on it before i made it over here ;)
    -jes

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  35. This is crazy, but I love it! And it makes me want to go out and buy some won-ton wrappers. :D

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  36. You really are wild for wontons!! You should have a wonton party! All wonton's all night...maybe even a beverage inspired by...or am I sounding wild now?

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  37. Wow, what a neat entertaining idea :) Very pretty, and I bet amazingly tasty!

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  38. I love them congratulations! I am in Raleigh too!!

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  39. I used the crab imitation since that's what the recipe called for. :) I wish I had the patience to shell too! Lol!

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  40. Ooh gotcha! I'm going to suck it up and shell it one of these days =) haha come over and we'll make it from scratch! crab legs and all! haha

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  41. These look so cute, I am going for the veggie ones.  Great finger food idea, I love it.  Cngrats on the Top 9.

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  42. I can see it now! Crab meat and pieces of shells flying all over the place as we get frustrated with the shelling! Lol! That would have to be an all day task. We can make it a party! But I bet they would taste 10X better with real crab meat! :)

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  43. This is such a cool idea!

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  44. These look delicious and I'm glad I'm not the only one that forgets the buns!  I bet you could make these into a great appetizer too!  

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  45. Wow this is such a creative idea :) I love it! I've never thought of using wonton wrappers~ There's so much you can do with them!!! Thanks for sharing and making Top 9 on Foodbuzz! 

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  46. YUM!  You are so creative!  You always have the best ideas!!!!

    XOXOXO

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  47. These are absolutely fantastic! I am just crazy about this brilliant idea...how perfect these would be as appetizers or for a lovely brunch treat!
    Congrats on Top 9...so well deserved!

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  48. Lol I can't believe I didn't read this post earlier since my blog is "Life With Cheeseburgers"!! Love the recipe ideas...the hubs and I will have to try them out sometime! (And I really should add some burger recipes to my recipe page too!)

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  49. i'm not a pinterest kind of girl, but i would definitley pin this (if I was) ;) these look deliccccccious

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  50. eee Thank you!!!!! They make a perfect app! Here's a good one for brunch: http://www.peasandcrayons.com/2012/02/get-your-quiche-on.html love these so so much!

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  51. Oh my.  These look like the perfect thing to bring to a party.  Need to remember this!

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  52. I had recently cooked up some ground beef and onions. It was up to me to eat it all unless I could come up with something that would entice other family members to partake. This was it! I made 12 of these at first and my husband and daughter inhaled them. I had to make a second batch. Most the ground beef has been used up! I had cooked up!

    My daughter (16) even took a picture of them with her iPhone which means she's posting it somewhere. I think that would be her generations Idea of a "thumbs up"

    Fantastic! Thank you for this grat recipe. We are excited to explore all kinds of wonton bite variations!

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  53. ooh i LOVE this idea... they look so so cute

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  54. I love wonton. My favorite is fried cheese wonton but yours make it to the next level-variety-colorful....sophisticated. Golly Jollly!! Reading your blog makes me want to explore more of cooking! 

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  55. This made my day when I read it!!! =) I'm so glad you and your family liked the recipe! And that it helped you prevent food waste or from having to inhale all those beef and onions alone! And it got a photo shoot? Amazing! Def smiling ear to ear right now =) Thank you!!

    xoxo
    Jenn

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  56. oh totally! I just need to have a party first =) hmmmm.... st pattys maybe!

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  57. bahahaha I love it! It would be a blast =) and a mess. [worth it!]

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  58. Thanks Suzi!!!!! The veggie ones are the BEST! =)

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  59. Thank you!!!! I'm a few hours outside of Raleigh but I visit allll the time! =) How long have you lived there? I've been on the east cost of NC for almost a year now!

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  60. Thanks Clare! Happy to help!!! =) Let me know if you make them! <3

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  61. I said the same thing a few years ago! =) Onions were the enemy! So crazy how things can change right? Happy monday Meghan!!

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  62. These looks so yummy! I will definitely be making these for our next get together!

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  63. Your pictures and a creative touch with won-tons have certainly captured my stomach.  I was wondering if you have considered Spinach and Artichoke Dip Won-tons..  Thank you for the inspiration!

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  64. They were extraordinary!!!!  My 5 year old daughter liked them bunches!!!  My hubbie LOVED, LOVED, LOVED them!!!  Thanks for sharing!

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  65. ahhhh if only you could see how big i'm smiling right now! Thanks for making them Toni! I'm so glad they were a hit!!! =)

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