Koopa Troopa Bacon Turtle Burgers

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Do you harbor a not-so-secret nostalgia for Super Mario Brothers? A deep, greasy love for bacon? Do you keep watch for hidden coins and magic mushrooms? Then prove your side-scrolling street cred by taking on an entire army of Koopa Troopas in their final-boss bacon turtle burger form. You don't have to leave home, much less take a ride in a flying castle.

Make these Koopa Troopa Bacon Turtle Burgers for your next game night, with 1Up Mushroom Burgers for the vegetarians, Piranha Plant cupcakes for dessert, and any of these super awesome Mario-themed decorations.

Where did this idea come from? My friend Ishan had seen bacon turtle burgers floating around on the internet, and we decided they clearly needed to be taken to the next level as Koopa Troopas. I've improved the instructions to a) use a normal-sized burger, b) actually look like a turtle, and c) have a sweet (and throwable) Koopa Troopa turtle shell. What could be better?

Step 1: Tools & Ingredients

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3 pounds ground beef

burger seasonings of your choice (I used fresh-grated garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder)

1 pound bacon

1 pack hot dogs

food coloring (your choice of brightly-colored but likely-carcinogenic Red #5 as pictured here, or more natural varieties)

cheese (optional)

8 hamburger buns (light-colored bread tops best)


paintbrush (for food color application)

baking sheet with sides (to catch fat drips)

baking rack that fits onto your baking sheet (optional but a VERY smart idea)

aluminum foil

instant-read meat thermometer (optional but again a VERY smart idea)

sunshiine1 year ago

I made them into pet snacks! Scooby loved them! So did Max. Thanks again for sharing Candida. Have a beautiful weekend.


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why did you put a picture of me online?

canida (author)  sunshiine5 months ago

What a cute picture! Thanks for sharing. :D

I axidently ate my iPad when I saw the picture

don't ask how I can coment this

Please. Give this to me. If I make this, I'll make small slices into the bun, making a pattern like a koopa troopa shell. Amazing job!
canida (author)  CreationBoy-5 months ago

This is an excellent idea. Pics if you make it, please!

These are almost too cute to eat! Then you added bacon. NOTHING is too cute for bacon.

I'm totally doing this for this weekend and if I can't grab bacon in time I'll just make turtle burgers!

kid-friendly? ye gods you'll kill them with all that saturated fat.
canida (author)  lancashiremon1011 year ago

Use grass-fed beef, and run them before and after!

You told someone to "run" their kids? That's hilarious!

dummy19771 year ago

: o


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taysan1 year ago

Do your own reading on food coloring before slapping undiluted red and green all over your buns. That's more food coloring than you'd use to tint icing on an entire cake. If you look up painting bread with food coloring you'll find all the tutorials involve using milk with a couple drops of coloring as 'paint'. You won't get the intense green and red colors, but honestly, I don't think you want those intense colors going into your stomach.

canida (author)  taysan1 year ago

Excellent point - I've updated the steps above to discuss alternatives. (My kids don't actually eat burger buns, so this was a fun and un-eaten decoration.)

sunshiine1 year ago

These are so adorably cute! Thanks for sharing and I hope your day shines!


canida (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Thank you! :D

drowe20111 year ago

i love turtles and i love burgers so i guess its a match made in heaven :)

canida (author)  drowe20111 year ago

Om nom nom nom. :)

bricobart1 year ago

This looks just too delicious for words, yummie!!!

canida (author)  bricobart1 year ago

I highly recommend giving it a try - far easier than you might think.

That looks ridiculous... ridiculously awesome, that is!
canida (author)  SonicLoverSeth1 year ago

Thank you! :D

sunshiine1 year ago

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the next time I visit my kids I will make these! They will love them.