The Shady Porch: Stuffed Burgers

9.05.2011

Stuffed Burgers

It is obvious by the success of the fast food industry that people LOVE hamburgers! But I also feel
comfortable stating that, as with most everything, homemade is better. With diligence we can duplicate that favorite sauce, or that spicy flavor and, in turn, we can make it for ourselves at a fraction of the cost!

This summer we discovered we love stuffed burgers! I don't know where we first heard about them, but since trying them, it's been stuffed burgers at our place.
Stuffed Burgers
Grilled Stuffed Burger...stuff it with your favorites!

The great thing about them is you can stuff them with whatever you have on hand and you can have a different combo each time, if you choose to. We started out with onion and Heinz Chili Sauce. Since then we've branched out and used everything from mushrooms to various cheeses and spices. So far they have all been winners! (We also grill our buns...just enough to give even an ordinary bun a warm crunch...just put the buns on the grates the last little bit before the burgers are pulled off, and that will do it.)



Stuffed Burgers
Stuffed burger patties
This particular stuffed burger has mushrooms, onions, bacon, ham, mixed Italian cheese (Romano, Provolone and Parmesan) and McCormick's Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning, which we just mixed directly into the ground beef - in this case, ground sirloin -  and then formed into patties.  We used a plastic patty press to shape the burgers. In addition to the wonderful variety of great flavors that are blended on the grill, these burgers are wonderfully juicy...even when cooking them well-done (which can run the risk of being dry.) May be it's the stuffing...Whatever it is, tricked out stuffed burgers turn ordinary hamburger night into a fantastic treat.
                                                                                 
Stuffed Burgers
Grilled stuffed burger...yum.
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