Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Hamburgers

I usually leave the hamburger making to my husband since he's a pro at it. I saw a recipe by Alton Brown on the Food Network website, and I gave it a try. Man! That was one flavorful, delicious hamburger! In his original recipe, he didn't stuff it with cheese and bacon, but what hamburger isn't better with cheese and bacon on it? Enough said.

Besides the fact that maybe I should have called this "Heart Attack on a bun."

Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Cheeseburgers:

1 pound ground beef
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t freshly ground pepper
1/2 t salt
hamburger buns
American cheese
cooked bacon

Cover a half-cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the ground beef on the parchment and cover with plastic wrap.

You can use a rolling pin or your hands and press the meat so it covers the whole bottom of the pan. If you don't like squishy meat, pretend it's cake batter.

Get your spices on! Sprinkle the spices across the meat. Now, there is nothing more shameful than a poorly seasoned hamburger.

You can see how heavily I seasoned the meat. On one half of the side, make four sections with layers of American cheese and cooked bacon. Can you guess which one is for my almost three year-old, my four year old, me, and my bacon-loving husband?
Now, hold onto the parchment paper that is under the meat and fold it over the bacon/cheese half.

Some teachers teach younger to fold paper by referring to them as a hamburger fold or a hot dog fold. Well, this is the real way to do a hamburger fold.

I didn't take a picture in between this and cooking them, but you just divide the hamburger fold into four sections. Take each section and press around the edges to seal it. If you skip this, you will have melted cheese oozing out all over that pan.

Once they are all sealed, cook them on a griddle at 350 degrees or a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the hamburgers for 3-4 minutes per side.

While the second side is cooking, butter your buns and toast 'em! Sometimes I get crazy and put freshly cracked pepper on the buttered buns before I toast them

Serve the hamburger on the toasted buns with A1, ketchup, mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce, or whatever else you'd like.

Oh yeah! I forgot to mention... After I cooked the bacon, I saved the left-over grease and sauteed some sliced onions in that. Mmmm!

There you have it. A heart attack on a bun.


  1. Just made this, used cheddar cheese instead of the called for American Cheese, it was fantastic albeit a bit salty and lacking pepper for my tastes. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the comment!