Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Every once in a while, you just need some creamy bacon mac & cheese stuffed burger. AmIright? Sure fast food joints can kind of cure the burger craving, but at some point you gotta just hand form a few all beef patties and fire ’em up! Burger nights are fairly standard around here because they are a quick dinner AND a great way to feed a crowd so I get double the mileage out of one recipe! These burgers were born out of desire for a simple meal and a desperate need to use up some of my Bacon Mac & Cheese before it got lost to the back of my fridge in the leftover container graveyard. I hate things to go to waste and I LOVE burger night so these Bacon Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burgers were a win win.
I am no stranger to the stuffed burger. I’ve loaded up my patties with pastrami and Swiss, sauteed mushrooms, bacon and cheddar, you name it! Of all of those magical burger combos, the one that we come back to over and over again is the Bacon Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger. You might be skeptical about putting noodles in your burger, but please trust me on this one. The melty mac & cheese makes the perfect filling for the juicy ground beef.
Now, I stuff my burgers by hand and then season liberally right before grilling.
PRO-TIP: Some people like to mix their seasonings into the meat, but I say PASS! The salt can draw out some of the moisture from the meat and results chewy texture instead of that tender, juicy burger that everybody loves.
There are some pretty cool gadgets out there (like THIS ONE) for making stuffed burgers that cost about $8-$12, if you like to collect kitchen gadgets (quietly raises hand). Otherwise all you need is a hot grill, some mac & cheese, salt and pepper, and some 80/20 ground beef. Don’t go much leaner than 80/20 for burgers. You need that extra moisture and flavor in there!
PRO-TIP: My last tip for a killer burger night: load all of the toppings up on a big cutting board. You’re slicing tomatoes, onions, and lettuce anyways. Why dirty extra dishes by transferring to a platter? Serve everything right from the cutting board and let your guests have a blast building their own burgers!
Final note: I made this recipe for the Memorial Day episode of Good Things Utah and had an AMAZING time!! Can’t wait to do another segment! Let me know what you would like to see me demo on the show next time by leaving me a comment or posting on Hey Grill, Hey’s Facebook Page! If you came to check out the site from the show, THANKS SO MUCH! I hope you stick around and browse my recipes, Subscribe to get my freshest recipes delivered to your inbox,read About Me, and join the grill party!
Stuffed Burgers Recipe
- 1 lb ground beef 80/20 preferred
- 1 cup leftover Bacon Mac and Cheese
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp hamburger seasoning or 1 tsp each salt, pepper, garlic powder
- 4 hearty hamburger buns
- 2 tbsp butter
- assorted burger toppings lettuce, onions, pickles, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.
Begin by preheating your grill. Close the lid and turn the temperature setting to Medium-High (between 400 and 450 degrees F). Allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes while you prepare your burgers. Separate the pound of ground beef into quarters, then each quarter into halves so you have 8 equal portions of meat.
Press four of the portions into small bases and the other four into flat patties.
Fill each of the four bases with 1/4 cup bacon mac & cheese. Top with 1/8 cup of the extra shredded cheddar and season with salt and pepper.
Gently lay the flat patties on top of the bacon mac & cheese filled bases and press the edges together to form a tightly sealed burger. Try not to leave any holes, or the cheese will leak out and make a huge mess! Season with your favorite hamburger seasoning or garlic salt and pepper.
- Carefully transfer the patties to the hot grill and cook for 10 minutes.
- Flip gently and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until an internal thermometer reads 175 degrees F. While the burgers are cooking, butter your hamburger buns. Place them alongside the grill for the last minute with your burgers. Watch them carefully so they toast without burning!
- Serve the burgers on the toasted buns with your desired toppings!