Ghoulish Halloween recipe for Hand-Burgers Dripping with Blood

Hand-Burger Dripping with Blood Red Ketchup
Excerpt from Hungry Halloween featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man’s Diner

Whether you plan to host a party with a gruesome theme like Dead Man’s Diner, or are just looking for a Halloween recipe with a bit of whimsical gore, these little hand shaped hamburgers are sure to be a big hit. We hosted our Dead Man’s Diner party in 2009, and these bloody hands were gobbled up by guests of all ages. The kids, in particular, thought they were a scream.
We served our hand-burgers on dinner rolls and drenched them in blood red ketchup. Of course our burgers couldn’t be served alone so we fried up some fingers to go along with them (recipe in Hungry Halloween.)
We decked out our house to look like a classic yet bloody looking diner. See our transformation, here. I share information about our decorations, recipes, and even a few craft ideas.
I had a blast creating everything for this party and especially loved the recipes I created for our event. We served open face sandwiches, bone calzones, grilled feet, and more to our guests and all but the most squeamish really had fun eating our diner fare.
The hand shaped burgers were the most popular item on the menu at our diner. I made over 100 of them for our party and I snapped a few pictures which I thought looked pretty good, but didn’t take any step-by-step shots.  I thought about making them again and taking more pictures, but I decided the recipe is very straightforward and didn’t really need more pictures. I hope you enjoy making these for your Halloween party.

Hand-Burger Dripping with Blood  (makes 6)

Excerpt from the Dead Man’s Diner chapter of Hungry Halloween

Biting into a severed hand would be a ghastly experience, but when that bloody appendage is a hand shaped hamburger, eating a body part becomes a gas. Use hand shaped cookie cutters to mold these little burgers. Cook and serve them on dinner rolls with dripping, blood red ketchup.


1 slice white bread, crust removed
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 pound ground sirloin
Non-stick cooking spray
6 small dinner rolls, sliced in half

Special Equipment Needed:

Hand shaped cookie cutter
Indoor grill pan or skillet


Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Set a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
Break bread into small pieces. Place in a mixing bowl. Pour milk over bread and mash with a fork until it forms a paste. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic, and ketchup. Add ground sirloin and stir, just to combine.
Spray a hand shaped cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray. Press 1/6th of the mixture into the cookie cutter, being careful to press the meat into the finger area. Remove the cutter and use a spatula to transfer the Hand-Burger to the prepared rack. Repeat for remaining burgers. Bake for 12 minutes.
Spray an indoor grill pan (or skillet) with non-stick cooking spray. Heat over high heat. Remove Hand-Burgers from oven and place them onto grill pan. Sear on both sides. Cook to medium (140-145 degrees) or medium well (150-155 degrees). Serve on dinner rolls with ketchup.
Cook’s Notes: Using ground sirloin will ensure that your Hand-Burgers remain in the shape of a hand when cooked. Fattier meats will lose their shape.
Baking the burgers before grilling them allows for even cooking of the fingers. You can cook the burgers to order at your party, or cook them ahead of time and keep them in a chafing dish. They will stay moist and delicious for hours in a covered chafing dish. Fill your chafing dish with a small amount of liquid (water or beef broth) before adding the Hand-Burgers. The steam will keep them from sticking and will help keep them moist.
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– Beth
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