You might say that I have become quite the expert when it comes making burgers. I recently won a brand new truck with one of my burger recipes at a competition in Kansas City. My love for burgers brought me to The Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons, where I won the first round with one of my stuffed burgers. Today, I am going to share my burger secrets with you!
The ideal burger starts with the perfect blend of meat. The method is also important. I have found that stuffing my burgers with cheese is the way to go. Cheddar, Challenge Cream Cheese and bacon gives the burger flavor, and helps season it from the inside out. Fire up the grill, it is time to create the perfect burger!
- 1 pound ground sirloin 85/15
- 1 pound ground chuck 80/20
- 12 slices sharp cheddar
- ½ cup cooked bacon, diced
- 8 ounces Whipped Challenge Cream Cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 6 hamburger buns
- 4 Tablespoons Challenge Butter, melted
- 12 slices tomato
- 6 slices red onion
- 6 iceberg lettuce leaves
- Your favorite condiments such as mayo, mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce
1Combine sirloin and chuck together in a large bowl. Shape meat into 12 thin patties, slightly larger than the hamburger bun.
2Using a 3-4 inch circle cookie cutter, cut out circles from the 12 slices of cheese. Combine the bacon bits with the whipped cream cheese. Divide cream cheese mixture and place on six cheese circles. Top each with a second circle. Gently push down to sandwich cheese. Place filled cheese circles on top of six burger patties. Place second burger patty on top of each. Press down edges to seal.
3Combine salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sprinkle on both sides of burgers. Refrigerate burger patties for 30 minutes before grilling.
4Preheat grill to high heat. Place burgers on hot grill. Sear outside of burgers, about 2-3 minutes per side. Reduce temperature to medium and continue cooking until desired doneness is achieved. Remove burgers and let rest.
5Brush inside of buns with melted butter. Place buns, buttered side down on grill to toast until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes.
6To assemble, place patty on bottom bun, Top with tomato, onion and lettuce. Finish with your desired condiments.