So, yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day ... and I didn't get the memo until it was too late ... a day late and a dollar short ... Go figure!
Grilling season is not over yet! In my opinion, it never is. When I lived in the Midwest, I was the
crazy person standing outside, grilling in the snow - wearing shorts and (sometimes, not always) a coat ... and if the snow wasn't too deep, flip-flops. No lie. You can imagine the comments and strange looks! That's neither here nor there .... You can grill dressed however you wanna dress ... and in the snow if you want - I won't judge!
BBQ Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
Yield: 8 burgers
2 lb. ground beef
½ lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1½ cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 jalapenos, stems and seeds removed, chopped
1 tbsp. butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Your favorite BBQ sauce
8 Hamburger buns
Condiments and toppings of choice (BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc ...)
Preheat your grill (direct grilling over high heat).
Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and jalapeno and cook until softened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
Divide the ground beef into 8 equal portions. Divide each of the 8 portions in half - for a total of 16 chunks of ground beef. On waxed paper, flatten 8 of the chunks of ground beef into thin patty shapes.
In a medium bowl, combine the bacon, cheese and the veggie mixture. Mix well. Place about ¼ cup of the mixture in the center of each of the 8 patties.
Take the other 8 chunks of ground beef and flatten slightly between your hands and place one portion on top of one the patties with the bacon, cheese and veggie mixture. Carefully seal the 2 beef patties together. Season the top with salt and pepper.
Place the burgers on the grill and grill for approximately 4-5 minutes. (Use your best judgement here - all grills are different!) Carefully flip and continue to cook the patties for another 3-4 minutes or until the meat is cooked through (cook to 160°). **Whatever you do - DO NOT USE A SPATULA TO PRESS THE BURGER - not with this burger or any burger!! Just my two cents! I'm sure the burger police will come after you if you don't heed my advice!** Using a basting brush, brush the burger with BBQ sauce. Allow to cook for an additional minute or two - and baste with BBQ sauce again. Remove the burgers from the grill and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. (Now is a great time to toast your buns if you like them toasted!)
Serve on buns with your favorite condiments and toppings!