Yes, the idea originated on the internet, Facebook to be exact.
No, no turtles were harmed in the production of these turtle burgers.
Part of my fascination with Facebook is the pictorial images and those of turtle burgers grabbed me, intrigued me, even though I seldom eat items with protruding hot dogs.
Recipe details were sketchy when blog sites referencing the actual preparation of turtle burgers were visited. The video linked here used ground turkey and turkey bacon.
Other variables included oven vs. grill and the use of straight-up ground beef. I opted for a meatloaf-style beef mixture, as it was more likely to stay moist during oven baking. Near the mid-point if baking the appendages were covered with a little aluminum foil to prevent over cooking and becoming too dark.
Whole cloves were inserted at the end of cooking made turtle eyes.
A little over one pound of ground chuck mixed with breadcrumbs, egg, onion and grated cheddar cheese, 12 strips of bacon and 6 good quality hot dogs made for two very substantial turtle burgers.
The husband ate 1/2 a turtle at dinner and the daughter and I split the other 1/2. The remaining turtle got sliced and made into sandwiches later in the week. This is not a menu item destined to become part of our general meal options, but now I know how to make these odd burgers. They would be an interesting potluck choice for the right party.