Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger

Labor Day Weekend traditionally marks the end of summer – school starts, pools begin to close and the 4th of July feels light-years away.  I’m SO not ready to say goodbye to summer!  This holiday weekend there will be a lot of grilling happening and with burgers being an American favorite I thought it would be a good time to give you another burgers-on-the-grill recipe.

This is another very simple recipe with very little prep time.  These burgers turned out SO juicy and flavorful!  They are guaranteed to be a real crowd-pleaser at your parties this weekend.  The filling is genius, and it’s absolutely one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.  I saw this recipe on the Food Network and thought with the amount of filling used that the burgers had to be massive, but by the time they cooked down they were the perfect hamburger bun size.  I loved the way the inside tastes with the sauteed onions, bacon and cheese and I wouldn’t change a single thing with this recipe.  I also don’t think I’ll ever go back to the cheese being on top of the burger.

Whenever I want to impress someone with my burger skills in the future, I am without a doubt reaching for this recipe.  It is a really good Labor day idea if you want to try something a little bit different.
Tip: I highly recommend making CERTAIN that the two patties are securely pinched together all around the sides so that the filling (especially the cheese) does not leak out.  Enjoy!

Oh, and if you like stuffed burgres, you might also like these Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Burgers!

Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger Recipe for summer grilling.  Can also make on stove top in a grill pan.
Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger Recipe for summer grilling.  Can also make on stove top in a grill pan.

The “stuffing” process!

Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger Recipe for summer grilling.  Can also make on stove top in a grill pan.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 strips bacon, diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
4 burger buns
Lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc., for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat grill to medium.  In a bowl combine beef, garlic, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste, being careful not to over mix. Warm a skillet over medium heat and fry bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Keep heat on skillet and fry a pinch of the beef in the bacon fat to test seasoning. Adjust seasoning, if needed, then form 8 even thin patties, about 1/2-inch thick and set aside. Saute onions in bacon fat in skillet until tender, about 5 minutes.
Place onions and bacon in a bowl with cheese. Form a spoonful of bacon/onion/cheese mixture into a ball, then place in the center of 4 patties (or just spoon it on top like I did). Top each with another patty and seal the edges WELL. Grill burgers over medium-high heat, flipping once until desired doneness is reached, approximately 4 minutes each side for medium. Serve on hamburger buns with garnishes of your choice.
Alternative: In a medium skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat, sear the burgers 4 minutes on each side.
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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

32 Responses to “Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger”

  1. August 28, 2013 at 2:39 AM #

    A long time ago when I still ate meat I made cheese stuffed burgers and loved them. That was then, now I stuff my veggie burgers with all types of goodies ;)

    • August 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

      I bet this would work great with veggie burgers!

  2. August 28, 2013 at 8:02 AM #

    I LOVE a stuffed burger and this looks so, so good! What a great treat!

    • August 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

      Thanks, Amy! I love stuffed burgers, too.

  3. August 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM #

    This sounds super-amazing. I am adding stuff like this to my burgers all the time, it makes for such a flavorful patty instead of plain old meat. Thanks for sharing your version.

  4. August 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

    Great idea stuffing these burgers Ashley! They look great!

    • August 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

      Thanks – It makes all the difference!

  5. August 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM #

    Those look fantastic! Definitely a great recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  6. August 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM #

    WOW! These look awesome!!

    • August 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

      Marie – thanks! They tasted awesome, too!

  7. August 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM #

    I have never made stuffed burgers before but I know my family would love this idea. Trying next time I make them :-)

    • August 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM #

      I think they will like them! Thanks, Miryam!

  8. August 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM #

    I have no idea how I never thought about “stuffing” burgers. An amazing and delicious burger! I gotta do this next time..

  9. August 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM #

    I don’t make burgers often, but these look so good! Maybe I’ll try stuffing a turkey burger since my hubby doesn’t eat beef.

    • August 28, 2013 at 4:23 PM #

      I bet it would be great with turkey burgers!

  10. August 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM #

    I love the idea of stuff the burgers, rather than putting the cheese on top. Really fun idea – thanks.

  11. August 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM #

    Now that is a burger! You best supply lots of napkins for this juicy burger! Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope you have a delightful weekend.

    • August 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

      Thank you so much! Yes napkins are a necessity when eating this burger :)

  12. August 28, 2013 at 7:34 PM #

    ohohohhhh yesss!! This burger is epic!

    • August 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

      LOL Kayle – thanks!

  13. August 28, 2013 at 7:56 PM #

    I’ve always wanted to make cheese-stuffed burgers. But these are even better with bacon! Love it!

    • August 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM #

      Everything’s better with bacon! :)

  14. August 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

    What a fantastic looking burger! Stuffed burgers are the best and I can’t believe grilling season is almost over. We haven’t grilled nearly enough.

    • August 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM #

      Us either! I wish we took more advantage of the summer and grilled more!

  15. August 29, 2013 at 12:32 AM #

    Holy moly, that looks AMAZING Ashley! I love stuffed meat burgers. They’re the best! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with us. YUM!

  16. September 4, 2013 at 1:48 AM #

    These look to die for!! Get in my belly!! ;)

    • September 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM #

      LOL Thanks, Jocelyn!

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