Cheese Stuffed Burger is perfect for the grill or stovetop, and is a summer cookout favorite! These beef patties are seasoned then stuffed with cheddar cheese, and is served on a bun with crunchy veggies and my simple homemade burger sauce.
While a classic homemade burger is delicious, this Stuffed Cheeseburger is a fun and yummy twist to the classic.
Instead of adding a slice of cheese to the burger, we are incorporating blocks of cheddar cheese, or cheese of your choice, into the meat mixture.
When you bite into this Cheese Stuffed Burger, you will also be biting into actual chunks of cheddar. If you love cheese, you will appreciate this!
These stuffed hamburgers can be made on the stovetop or on the grill…although if I have a choice, burgers on the grill, especially traditional charcoal grill, will always taste better because smoke brings another level of flavors to these cheese stuffed beef patties.
To cook the burgers, you will need a grill or a stovetop to cook it. It can be the large grill outdoor, a George Forman grill, a griddle, cast iron skillet, or a simple skillet to pan fry the patties.
In addition to that, here’s what you will need:
- Mixing bowl – to combine the meat and cheese mixture. P/S: I love these ones that comes with a lid.
- Spatula to flip the burgers – you will need a sturdy metal one if using a grill.
As for the ingredients, you will need:
- burger buns – get your favorite from the store! If you are looking to make your own bunch, here’s a homemade burger bun recipe.
- mayo – to make the sauce
- ketchup – to make the sauce
To make the cheese stuffed beef patty portion, here are the ingredients:
- ground beef – I like using 85% lean ground beef for these stuffed cheeseburgers. Anything with less fat than that will be harder to form into patties. With burgers in general, I like to use meat with at least a 15% fat content in them.
- cheddar cheese – cube it into 1/2-inch cubes.
- Worcestershire sauce
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- smoked paprika
- seasoned salt – salt can be used instead if you don’t want to get seasoned salt. Seasoned salt does give it an added layer of flavor which I like, but regular salt works as well.
- liquid smoke – this is optional, but I highly recommend this if you are not using a grill. It will give it some nice smoky flavor.
Let’s Make Cheese Stuffed Burgers!
Burger Patties with Cheese
Let’s be honest here, the real star of any burger is the burger patty. A well seasoned, perfectly cooked patties is probably the most important part of a burger.
Here’s how we make the ground beef patties with cheese:
- Bring together ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and seasoned salt. Use your hands to combine and mix in meat with seasonings. Make sure seasonings are evenly mixed into the meat.
- Add cubed cheddar cheese to ground beef.
- Use hands again to fold the cheese into the ground beef until they are evenly mixed into it.
Once you have the ground beef mixture, divide meat into four or five parts (four if you want larger burgers, and five if you want smaller burgers), and roll them into balls
Then flatten and shape into patties.
Make a slight indention in the middle because when the burger cooks, the middle will expand more than the sides.
Cooking Burgers on Stovetop or Grill
Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Burger can be made both on the stovetop of the grill, and they cook very quickly using either method.
- When cooking stuffed burger patties, cheddar cheese will melt slightly so avoid leaving it on the hot stove or grill longer than it needs to. Once patties are cooked, remove them promptly.
- The gooeyness of the cheese might make the burger slightly messy-looking but that’s also part of the charm of a Cheese Stuffed Burger. Cheese are melted, gooey and sometimes even slightly charred from touching the hot pan. Yum!
- If you don’t want cheese to ooze out, push it inside the patties instead of having them stick out on the surface or side.
Assembling The Burgers
Once you grill or pan sear the beef patties, it’s time to put together the Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Burger!
I like to bring together tomato ketchup and mayo, with a 1:1 ratio, to make my burger sauce. You can also use ketchup by itself, mayo by itself, mustard, or one of my personal favorites…bbq sauce. Use one or a mixture of the sauces. Or eat it sauceless and dry!
Trust me, the meat is so delicious these stuffed hamburgers will be just as good without the sauces.
Layer cheese stuffed beef patties, lettuce, tomatoes, sauce and sandwich between two burger patties.
And if cheese is your thing and you feel the urge to, by all mean, still add a slice of cheese!
I have done that before and can vouch for it. And no, it’s not too cheesy! Is there such thing as too much cheese anyway?
Serve it with some French fries, these cheesy potato wedges (more cheese please!), Crispy Baked Potato Skins, sweet potatoes fries, or even some corn salsa on the side, and you got yourself a delicious, loaded, highly satisfying Cheese Stuffed Burger.
I’m telling you, you need this for your summer dinners and cookout!
THIS, my friend, is how you take your burger game to the next level this summer!
Variations and Other Toppings
This Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Burger recipe is a pretty basic, simple burger. I love my basic burgers, but every now and then, I do like to jazz it up!
Here are other topping and ingredient ideas to add to the burger:
- Vegetables: onions, caramelized onions, pickles, avocados.
- Sauce: Mustard, bbq sauce, chili sauce
- Other fun toppings: Fried egg, sautéed mushrooms, bacon
Storing and Reheating
- Store patties, vegetables, burger buns and sauce separately and only assemble your Cheese Stuffed Burger when ready to eat. Patties can be stored in an airtight container or zip lock bag for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- To reheat, I highly recommend pan searing patties a few minutes on each side until warm. Because it is stuffed with cheese, cheese tends to melt away and sometimes create a mess when microwaved, so I would avoid microwaving these cheese stuffed patties if possible.
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More Summer Recipes
- Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
- Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
- Grilled Chicken and Potato Summer Bowl
- Grilled Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon Vinaigrette
- Grilled Cajun Chicken
- Cajun Steak and Potato Foil Packs
- BBQ Chicken Tacos
- Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Cheese Stuffed Burger
- 1 lbs ground beef 85% lean, 15% fat
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 tsp liquid smoke optional
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese 1/2-inch cubes
- 5 burger buns
- 1/4 head lettuce
- 1 tomato thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp mayonaise
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- Make cheese stuffed beef patties: Bring together ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, seasoned salt, and liquid smoke (optional). Use your hands to mix seasonings into meat. Add cubed cheddar cheese to ground beef. Use hands again to fold the cheese into the ground beef until they are evenly mixed into it.
- Divide ground beef mixture into four or five portions (depending on how large you want your patties to be) and roll each portion into a ball.
- Flatten and shape into patties. Make a slight indention in the middle because when the burger cooks, the middle will expand more than the sides.
- Cook on stovetop or grill: Heat stovetop or grill at medium/medium high heat, grease skillet if using stovetop, then place patties onto skillet or grill. Flip patties in 3-6 minutes, or once the bottom is golden brown. Once burger patties are cooked, remove promptly.
- Make sauce: combine ketchup and mayo to make a simple burger sauce.
- Assemble burger: Sandwich burger patty, lettuce, tomato, sauce between two slices of burger buns.
- Serve and enjoy!