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April 24, 2010

Stuffed Burgers

I will always love a perfect burger, but when you throw in the surprise of the cheese on the inside they're just that much better!  Stuffing your burger with cheese and various "toppings" is always a great way to vary up your standard burger.  The possibilities are limitless as well, based on what you want to throw in.  To make them husband friendly I like to stuff them with cheese and bacon or ham, but whatever you want would be great!  One day I swear I will stuff mine with spinach artichoke dip... how good does that sound?!



Stuffed Burgers
Ingredients:
1 -  1 1/4 lb. ground chuck or ground lean beef
2 Tbs. finely chopped yellow onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 or 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce 

3 slices desired cheese, or 3 tablespoons shredded cheese (if using slices, quarter the slice so it fits in the burger)
3 slices crumbled cooked bacon or other desired toppings
3 Hamburger Buns
Condiments for serving, such as onion, pickles, tomato, etc.


Directions:
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat.

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, yellow onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the mixture into 6 thin patties.  Combine cheese and bacon and top 3 of the patties in the center with 1/3 of the mixture.  Top each patty with a plain patty and seal together around the edges with fingers.  Liberally coat the top and bottom of each burger with remaining S&P.

Grill the hamburgers directly over medium-high heat, turning once, 5-7 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Check for doneness by cutting into a hamburger near the center or testing with an instant-read thermometer.



With about 3 minutes left in cooking, split hamburger buns and toast on the grill for a few minutes.


Transfer each burger to a bun bottom and top with desired condiments and bun top.


Makes 3 stuffed burgers

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