Hamburger cupcakes recipe

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Hamburger cupcakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories388 Kcal19%
Sugar31.3 g35%
Fat18.9 g27%
Saturated Fat7 g35%
Protein5.3 g11%
Carbohydrates49.2 g19%

These easy hamburger cupcakes take 20 minutes to prepare in just a few simple steps.

To create these hamburger cupcakes, the cupcake sponge is sliced into two pieces to create the ‘bun’. The rich, gooey double chocolate chip cookie is the ‘burger’. Finish with icing sugar mixed with red and yellow food colouring for the 'mustard' and 'ketchup' and desiccated coconut dyed green for the 'lettuce'. Top with sesame seeds and serve. This clever cupcake recipe (opens in new tab) is sure to impress.


For the honey cupcakes:

  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 med eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey

For the double chocolate chip cookies:

  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 med egg
  • 200g plain flour
  • 20g  cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pack of chocolate drops

For the assembling of your burgers

  • Sesame seeds
  • 1-2tsp red food colouring (for the ketchup)
  • 1-2 tsp yellow food colouring (for the mustard)
  • 1 tsp lemon extract (for yellow)
  • 1-2tsp green food colouring (for the lettuce)
  • 4-6tsp desiccated coconut
  • 4-6tsp icing sugar (per colour)




  1. For the honey cupcakes: Preheat oven 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Place 12 paper cases into a bun tray/double-layered paper cases onto a baking tray.
  2. Using an electric hand whisk, mix together the caster sugar, eggs and butter. Next sift in the self-raising flour and baking powder. Add the vanilla extract and 1 tsp of honey and whisk once more.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the individual cases filling quarter/half way. Bake in the oven for 10-13 mins until golden and springy to touch and leave to cool.
  4. For the double chocolate chip cookies: Preheat oven 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. In a large mixing bowl mix together the butter, caster sugar and egg with a wooden spoon or clean hands. Next sift in the plain flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and combine. Add in the chocolate drops and mix into a dough.
  5. Divide into small pieces and roll into small balls no bigger than the size of a ping pong ball. Place onto a baking tray covered in greaseproof paper and press firmly down. Bake for approximately 10 mins and leave to cool.
  6. For the assembling of your burgers: In 2 separate bowls mix 4-6tsp of icing sugar with red 'ketchup' food colouring and 4-6tsp of icing sugar with yellow 'mustard' food colouring. Add 1 tsp of lemon extract to the yellow mix. (Add a few drops of water to the mixtures if its too thick)
  7. In another bowl mix 4-6tsp desiccated coconut and 1-2tsp green food colouring and mix until the coconut is green. To assemble your 'burgers' cut your cupcake sponge into two pieces - top and bottom.
  8. Place a cookie on top of the bottom bun. Spoon your 'ketchup' onto the burger first around the edges. Next sprinkle on the coconut 'lettuce'.
  9. Spoon on your 'mustard' and top your burger with the sponge topper. Dampen the top with water and sprinkle on the sesame seeds. Your burger is complete!

Top tips for making hamburger cupcakes

If you want to speed things up, use shopbought double chocolate chip cookies instead.

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Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.