Recently I had the sudden urge to stuff a burger with all kinds of yumminess. We bought a new grill last week and that probably had something to do with my desire to make burgers – not to mention the weather has been more like summer than spring! I did a search and came up with a recipe from Allrecipes – Easy Bacon, Onion, and Cheese Stuffed Burgers. I read the ingredients and thought it sounded flavorful enough and even though there is BBQ sauce in the burger itself (shhh, don’t let Grumpy know) I thought I would try it. I mean, if he can’t SEE the sauce IN the burger, who’s to know, right?
Now, those who read my blog on a regular basis know that we basically live off venison in this house. Grumpy is a big ole hunter (reminding me of Katypi, a friend from a cooking forum, and her Ole Earl comments – who by the way loved this burger also!) who fills our freezer every year since we have been together – so I guess he’s also a big ole accomplished hunter! LOL. Grumpy gets the credit for actually grilling these….I only put them together, but he is the one who cooked them to perfection! SO, I made these burgers with ground venison. I swear, either I’ve gotten used to the taste of venison, or the ingredients in this burger hid the venison “flavor” really well!
3 pounds ground beef (I used about 1-1/2 lb ground venison)
1/4 teaspoon salt (I omitted the salt)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons barbeque sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (I didn’t have powder so I used about 2 tsp of refrigerated minced garlic – in the jar – yeah, I like garlic!)
1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/4 inch pieces (I just broke it up into smaller pieces)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
6 hamburger buns, split (with the smaller amount of venison I got 4 burgers)
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, black pepper, barbeque sauce and garlic powder using your hands. Taking a small handful at a time (approximately 1/4 pound), shape into 12 patties. Lay patties out on a cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap; place patties in the refrigerator.
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Turn the heat down to medium and pan fry the onions in the remaining bacon drippings until soft and translucent and just beginning to brown. Mix together onions and bacon in a small bowl. (I did not mix them together, I layered them separately on the meat.)
Prepare a grill or large skillet for medium heat.
As the grill heats, pull beef patties out of the refrigerator; top 6 of the patties with 1- 1/2 tablespoons of the bacon and onion mixture each, and sprinkle with shredded cheese. (Chris suggests that next time I make these I mix the bacon into the burger instead of stuffing it.) Top each with one of the remaining patties and press the edges together to seal.
Grill or pan fry the stuffed and sealed patties until cooked through to your preference.
Serve on hamburger buns with condiments of your choice. (Grumpy grilled these and we put a slice of extra cheese on the burgers. I topped mine with more BBQ sauce!)