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Recipes for Kids With Cystic Fibrosis

Bacon Cheeseburger

Note: This high-calorie recipe is especially for kids with cystic fibrosis (CF), who may need additional calories to meet their nutritional needs.

This is a quick and easy high-calorie meal for your next barbecue.

Prep time: 25 minutes


  • 3 ounces ground beef
  • 2 ounces ground sausage
  • 1 tablespoon onion, chopped finely
  • 2 slices (2 ounces) cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 hamburger bun


  • grill (you’ll need help from your adult assistant)
  • mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • meat thermometer


  1. Prepare grill or grill pan over stove.
  2. Combine beef, sausage, and onion and mix gently in a bowl.
  3. Form one patty about 1 inch thick. Make sure to wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw meat!
  4. Grill patty about 5 inches from coals, about 6 minutes per side, until cooked throughout. You can use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees F.
  5. Place cheddar cheese on patty and continue to cook for about 30 seconds before removing from the grill.
  6. Put bacon on top of the burger.
  7. Place the bacon cheeseburger into a hamburger bun.

Serves: 1

Serving size: 1 hamburger

Nutritional analysis (per serving):
1,097 calories
88 g fat
49 g protein
1615 mg sodium
491 mg calcium

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on the ingredient brands used.

Variations and suggestions:
Serve with coleslaw and baked beans. Be sure to add your favorite condiments, such as mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, or barbecue sauce to provide additional taste and calories.

Reviewed by: Rupal Christine Gupta, MD