Stuffed burgers are all the rage today and when they are grilled it gives them an even tastier blast of flavor. By stuffing your burger patties with everything from cheese and bacon to mushrooms and onions, you can make a delicious burger that is sure to impress anyone. You can use any of your favorite ingredients to make stuffed burgers. Stuff them with bacon and cheese, sauteed onions and garlic, blue cheese, mushrooms, jalapenos, etc.
Make sure and pick out a good 80/20 ground beef. If you try and use beef that is too lean, you’ll risk the meat falling apart on the grill. Ground turkey or chicken could be used if you prepare it with an egg and bread crumbs as a binder. The trick is to make two very thin patties, place your stuffing on one and top it with another patty. If formed right, using a good quality ground meat and grilled to perfection, your burgers will be the talk of the neighborhood.
The stuffing can be practically anything you want depending on what flavor profile you are looking for. One solid tip for the stuffing is to remember that if you are choosing another meat such as bacon, cook the bacon ahead of time. Same goes with chicken or turkey. Also sauté veggies ahead of time since they are loaded with water that releases during the grilling of the burger and would create quite a mess if you tried grilling stuffed burgers with raw veggies.
Place your stuffing on one of the thin burger patties. Do not overstuff the burgers keeping your stuffing around 2-3 tablespoons. Then, place another of the thin patties on top of the patties with stuffing and crimp the edges. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the two patties and make sure you have a good seal.
These burgers are thick and stuffed. So, grill over medium high heat and you really only want to turn these once. Too much flipping and turning and you’ll end up with melted filling all over the place! It’s a good idea to have a quality instant read meat thermometer to check the inside of the burgers. They are ready to go at about 175 degrees internal.