How to Make Hamburger Cupcakes

I had a dream.

My head was swirling with cutie ideas the day before my summer treats segment on New Day Northwest. I had envisioned a mini grill with hamburger cupcakes on it. The vision was so adorable, I couldn’t even. But when I arrived at the studio and my morning show to-dos were listed to me, I realized I would be short on time to put together the new mini grill before the first commercial. My display. Without the mini grill. This couldn’t be. And then I remembered….


These ladies. These ladies have had my back since I was a little girl. They’ve known me for 40 years and longer. Every girl needs ladies like these. When I suddenly found myself in the midst of my father passing away from cancer, my husband walking out with someone else, my brother dying suddenly from a heart attack, someone stealing $30,000.00 from my handicapped sister and more from my elderly parents, my award-winning B&B shut down, my home gone, and no car – all within a year’s time… well, these are the ladies who held me while I cried. There are more where they came from too – a whole hilarious, fun-loving church full. I don’t know where I would be without their humor, their encouragement, their love of God, and their ability to put together mini-grills while using their finger nails as screw drivers.


They said it took all five of them to complete the task. There may have been a whole bag full of screws at the bottom of the box but the cupcakes were displayed perfectly and the grill held together because of these ladies. I am held together because of these ladies. Never underestimate the importance of an adorable display, five freshly manicured women, and a true sense of community.

Mini Hamburger Cupcakes

  • 2 boxes yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting

Prepare cake mix according to box instructions. Divide cake mix into muffin pans sprayed with non-stick baking spray (do not use cupcake liners).  Makes about 9 large cupcakes or 16 regular-sized cupcakes.

Prepare brownie mix according to box instructions. Bake in a 9X13 pan.

When a fork poked into cupcakes comes out clean, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

After brownies are baked according to box instructions, allow to cool for about 10 minutes then use a circle cookie cutter to cut out brownie burgers that will fit well with your hamburger-bun cupcakes.

Cut cupcakes in half like a hamburger bun. Place a brownie burger on the bottom half of each cupcake.

Divide frosting into 2-3 dishes. Colors you might like to use would be orange for cheese, green for lettuce, and red for ketchup. Place top of cupcake on the brownie.

If preparing in advance, you can keep on a cookie sheet in the fridge to keep cool for a nice summer treat.

Me, my mom, Diane, Pam, Sandy, Margaret Larson from New Day Northwest, Inez, and Kathy

Thank you, ladies. I love you more than cutie hamburger cupcakes on a mini grill.

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