This Stuffed Burger Recipe Will Change Your Life
posted by: Amber Johnson
I’ve been a longtime fan of Sprouts Farmers Market, a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices with 30 locations throughout Colorado. Mile High Mamas is thrilled to be partnering with them to bring you some delicious recipes.
Hamburgers are an American treasure but that doesn’t meant they can’t be improved upon and what could be better than a nice burger topped with cheese? I’m here to tell you it’s a burger stuffed with cheese. Or bacon. Or veggies. To kick off our campaign, I’ve pulled together a recipe that was inspired by my sister-in-law Jane. Last Father’s Day, she implemented a new tradition: a stuffed burger bar and it was such a huge hit that we’re doing it for Memorial Day
My husband and I had a great time at Sprouts shopping for “stuffings” and the choices are endless. You can go gourmet, sophisticated, funky (I’ve seen burgers stuffed with mac ‘n cheese and bacon), international (how about some chutney or caprese?) but we decided to go more classic for our first attempt. Here is what we chose:
- Sprouts’ Ground Beef Chuck (we bought 85% extra lean; be sure to season with salt and pepper)
- Grilled onions and peppers
- Sautéed mushroom (we cooked ours in truffle oil)
- Pork chorizo sausage – cooked
- Olde Thyme hickory-smoked bacon (cooked for the stuffing; uncooked for wrapping the burger)
- Crushed pineapple
- Cheese – any kind and you top or cap the burger with it. We opted for pepper jack cheese.
And of course, you’ll also need traditional toppings like BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, pickles, tomatoes, relish and mayo.
This is not a fast meal and, depending upon the size of the burger, can take anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes to cook on the grill but trust me, you’ll never want to go back to a regular burger.
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I’ve seen stuffed burgers done several ways, the most popular of which involves forming the ground beef into a patty, placing an indent with your thumb in half of the patties, adding your desired fillings to the indentation, topping with another patty and pressing the edges together to form a seal.
My sister-in-law’s opinion is that bigger is better and she wrapped a huge handful of ground beef around the base of a pop can. We downsized our efforts by wrapping our burgers around a plastic cup and then overcompensated by wrapping bacon around the edges. Because you know you want to.
From there, we set out all the “stuffings” and let our guests build their own stuffed burger and the combinations were delicious!
Enter: my husband the grillmaster who set our grill to medium-low. He initially put some aluminum foil on the grill to keep the stuffing from dripping out and cooked it as you would any hamburger. Depending upon the size of your meat, plan between 15-25 minutes.
If we’re being honest here, we didn’t even bother with the bun because the burger was so darn delicious, which I’m sure is sacrilegious in some circles but in ours, it was sheer bacon-y, burger-y bliss.
A few stuffed burger ideas:
- Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger
- BBQ Gouda Stuffed Burger
- Steak and Swiss Stuffed Burgers
- Feta-Stuffed Burgers with Grilled Onion on Sourdough
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