Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Hamburgers

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So good, I mean beyond good...

So sometimes you just really feel like a burger right?  I know!  Sometimes you feel like an extra special burger right?  Me too!  This is how this stuffed burger came about.  I don't know if it's because I was watching the Food Network the other day, or I just said to myself, "self, let's have a cheat day"!  This burger is literally stuffed with cheese & crispy bacon...
Need I say more?

The trick to keeping this delicious burger stuffed and not having the cheese ooze out is to use shredded cheese.  No, I'm not joking.  See if I'm going to stuff a burger, I don't want a smidgen of cheese in the middle, I want lots of cheese.  So when using "lots" of slices of cheese, they literally start to ooze out and then you have a semi-stuffed burger.  Part of the cheese has leaked out and even though still delicious... it's not what you wanted.  Has that ever happened to you?  Oh good, *Didi wiping brow profusely*, I thought it was just me! But if you add shredded cheese or crumbled cheese in the middle, the cheese miraculously stays right where you placed it.  It melts beautifully, is absolutely gorgeous and beyond delicious!  Then add bacon just because you can and your cheating anyway... 
You will be nominated for "cook of the year" 




Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 8 (1/4lb) hamburgers

Ingredients:
2lbs ground beef 
1-1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used extra sharp cheddar)
1lb bacon 
1 cup french fried onions (store bought, the kind we use for casseroles)
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite)
2 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tsp black pepper

Toppings: French fried onions, crumbled bacon, BBQ sauce & lettuce *optional*

Directions:
-Dice and cook your bacon, drain onto paper towel lined plate and set aside.  Eat a couple of french fried onions and a few pieces of crumbled bacon.

-In a large bowl add your ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, dried minced onion and pepper.  Mix well.

-Divide beef mixture into 8 even pieces. Wash your hands thoroughly and grab a few more pieces of french fried onions.



-Taking one portion of the ground beef, shape into a patty and flatten.  Add 2 tbsp or so of shredded cheese and 2 tbsp or so of crumbled bacon to the flattened patty.



-Take the end farthest away from you and fold over the stuffing mixture.  Working gently, reshape patty and lay seam side down onto a sheet.  Continue till all portions have been stuffed.  Wash your hands thoroughly and eat a couple more french fried onions, what?



-Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes prior to cooking.  Okay, just a few more onions...Grill or bake to your specific taste. For these burgers I actually baked them for about 20 minutes, flipping over once.  It's called living in Western NY and we have about 1 nanosecond of actual sunlight all week.  



How easy, yes?  Okay, let's put these babies together shall we?

-Using your favorite buns (I love Kaiser rolls), add 1 tbsp or so of BBQ sauce on the bottom of the bun.  Add your favorite lettuce.  

-Place the delicious burger on top of the lettuce.  Sprinkle about 2 tbsp or so of french fried onions, and about 1 tbsp of bacon...
I know, B-A-C-O-N!  A smidgen more BBQ sauce, cover with top of roll, and take a huge bite.


You will never even miss the fries...

Till next time!!


Dishin with Didi

13 comments :

  1. I am looking at this and I am thinking....who needs the roll...Right!

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    1. I agree Susan, who does need the roll? :-)

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  2. This is true heaven Didi. You've done it again!

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    1. You know my fetish with stuffing things Linda dolly!

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  3. Oh my gosh! My husband's birthday is this weekend and he would LOVE these.

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    1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your hubby Jennifer! I hope he enjoys them, my hubby loves them!!!

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  4. Yay Michelle!!! I hope you and your family enjoy them!!!

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  5. O.M.G. - Burgers INTENSIFIED!! These were absolutely amazing!!! Thank you for sharing

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    1. You are more than welcome sweetheart!! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know!! Means the world to me!! ♥

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  6. For some reason, I'm just seeing this now....how did I miss it before????
    As usual, you have outdone yourself and I LOVE how you insert those cute little comments in there...
    Gotta try this recipe soon....and like Susan said, "WHO NEEDS THE BUN????"
    Thanks Didi for being you and for being so creative!!! love ya!! <3

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  7. Love ya too Jan!! I agree w/ Susan; "who needs the bun"?? ;-)

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