Friday, December 2, 2011

I is for: Inside Out Bacon Cheeseburgers {a Tailgate Special}


These burgers give you a delicious surprise when you bite into one!
After trying the awesome burger at Heirloom Cafe last week, I was inspired to create my own version for the blog. I decided to add crumbled bacon and use an aged white cheddar and stuff them both in the middle of a hamburger patty.

The result? Melty, meaty, cheesy, bacon-y perfection on a bun. These would be great for a tailgate. You don't have to worry about packing cheese or bacon because they are already packed inside the hamburger patty. You could also make them with a grill pan on your stove.
(**UPDATE 1/1/13: Most of the Authentic Eats links on the website seem to be broken, so I'm posting the original recipe here).


First, you'll need some ground beef. I think 80/20 works well for hamburgers so they don't fall apart as easily. Each burger will use about 1/4 to 1/3 pound of meat, so plan accordingly depending on how many you will need. Season with pepper and your favorite seasoning salt (or just regular salt if you don't have any). I like Lawry's, but make my own blend at home using this recipe. Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce per pound of meat. Mix together using your hands (don't over mix).


Separate meat into twice as many patties as you plan to make. (i.e. if you are making four hamburgers, make eight patties). On one of them, pile with cheese and cooked, crumbled bacon. (Note: next time I will use more cheese). Speaking of cheese, you can use whatever you like best, but my mom brought some Cougar Gold when she came for Thanksgiving, so I used some of that. It's made at my alma mater, Washington State University. It's a rich white cheddar, and it's aged for a year in a can (yes, a can) and it's pretty much the best cheese ever.


Cover filled patty with a plain patty and press together at the edges to seal. You also might need to flatten a little with your hand and then re-seal the edges. If you are going to a tailgate, put the patties in a large tupperware container or a large aluminum pan. (Do ahead step: these can be made the night before and stored in the refrigerator).


Grill burgers over medium heat, about 5-6 minutes per side. Since they are stuffed, they will take a bit longer to cook. You want to cook them on medium so that it gives the cheese a chance to melt inside while also cooking the meat all the way through.


Top with your favorite burger condiments and get ready to enjoy the delicious surprise awaiting you when you bite into the middle! (This is just one combination...but think of all the other possibilities: caramelized onions & mushrooms, jalapenos, blue cheese, or even brie!)

Inside Out Bacon Cheeseburgers

by Jaymee Sire
Keywords: grill entree bacon beef burger July 4th Super Bowl Tailgate American

Ingredients
  • ground 80/20 chuck or sirloin (figure 1/4 to 1/3 pound per burger)
  • seasoning salt
  • pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce (about a tablespoon per four burgers)
  • cooked, crumbled bacon (about a slice per burger)
  • sliced or crumbled white cheddar cheese (about a 1/2 lb per four burgers)
  • hamburger buns
  • burger condiments/toppings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, season ground beef with pepper and your favorite seasoning salt (or just regular salt if you don't have any). Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce per pound of meat. Mix together using your hands (don't over mix).
  2. Separate meat into twice as many patties as you plan to make. (i.e. if you are making four hamburgers, make eight patties). On half of them, pile with cheese and cooked, crumbled bacon.
  3. Cover filled patty with a plain patty and press together at the edges to seal. If taking to a tailgate, put the patties in a large tupperware container or a large aluminum pan for easy transport.
  4. Grill burgers over medium heat, about 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through and cheese is melted inside. Serve with whole wheat hamburger buns and your favorite burger toppings and enjoy the delicious surprise awaiting you in the middle!
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2 comments:

  1. No - no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! They should've sent a poet.

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  2. Yes these burgers would be fantastic for a tailgate party like mine! Heck they would be great anytime. But really I plan on making these for my next tailgate party and guaranteed from the picture they won’t last, in a good way. My husband and I love tailgating and always try to find better recipes to feed our friends and family, the recipe doesn’t look hard to give it a try. You can almost always find me watching the game in the lot; I like to stay behind because I can watch it live right where I am using my Tailgater I got from DISH Network, my employer. It also is great for Tailgating, camping or even backyard BBQs. It finds the signal automatically so I don’t have to waste my time doing it. I’ll let you know how the burgers turn out.

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