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Halloween Burgers make fun party food

Halloween is a happening time, especially for families with kids.

When hosting a party for your favorite young goblins, you'll want fun food in keeping with the season. Halloween Burgers are sure to be a hit!Broil or panbroil lean beef patties to medium doneness (no pink should remain). Cut cheese into Halloween shapes like pumpkins and ghosts with a cookie cutter; use these to top the burgers. Sliced olives and bell pepper slices accent the cheese cutouts. The burgers take about 30 minutes to prepare and serve.

HALLOWEEN BURGERS

Total preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

Salt and pepper (optional)

6 slices cheese, cut into desired shapes

Red or green bell peppers, cut into desired shapes

Pitted olives, cut into desired shapes

6 lettuce leaves

6 hamburger buns, split

Lightly shape ground beef into six 1/2-inch thick patties. Do not over-handle. Choose a cooking method.

To broil: Place patties on a rack in a broiler pan. Broil 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are no longer pink, turning once.

To panbroil: Place patties in a preheated heavy skillet over medium to medium-low heat. Cook 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are no longer pink, turning once.

Top with cheese slices, bell peppers and olives to make faces the last few minutes of cooking. Serve burgers on lettuce-lined buns.