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Divinely delicious burgers – my own, and two others

Look no further if you hunger for a really good burger. Seriously, these are fabulous. The secret to my delectable burgers is a savory ground meat mixture that makes all the difference between a burger you crave and one that’s just okay. Stuffed with your favorite cheese, these burgers are heavenly!  But there’s more—it is summer, afterall. Two other delicious burgers to try are Cabernet Burgers, the creation of Weber Grills’ chef, Jamie Purviance. Trust me, Jamie knows what he’s doing. The other, Korean Kimchi Burgers, is in the June issue of Sunset magazine. It was developed by a colleague as part of an Asian-style grilling article.

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Rita’s Heavenly Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Prep time: 15 minutes      Makes 6 divine burgers

1-3/4 pounds lean ground beef
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1/3 cup finely chopped crimini mushrooms (baby bellas)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup Italian-seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons crumbled Cheddar, bleu, or…!
6 crusty buns

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, mushrooms, parsley, bread crumbs and garlic. Sprinkle with soy sauce, pepper and salt. To mix, cut into the meat with the edge of a large spoon or spatula until ingredients are just mixed. Do not over mix.

Divide mixture into six equal portions. One portion at a time, flatten meat in the palm of your hand, making a patty that’s about 4-1/2 inches across.

Cup your hand so that you can press into the meat to make generous indentation. Try to keep the meat the same thickness throughout when doing this. Place 1 tablespoon cheese in the indentation. Fold meat over cheese and press edges gently but securely to seal each burger well. Flatten burger a bit. Continue with remaining meat. 

To grill: Preheat grill to medium, about 375ºF. Cook burgers 4–6 minutes per side with cover closed.  To pan fry: Cook burgers over medium heat 4–6 minutes per side.

An original recipe by Rita Held           Photo & styling by Suzanne Carreiro

Kitchen Note:  Make a double batch of burgers and freeze: Wrap each prepared raw burger in plastic wrap. Place in a freezer bag and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator about 8 hours before cooking.

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  1. Posted June 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Great recipe Rita. I think stuffed burgers are good any time of year!

    • Rita's Kitchen
      Posted June 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      I agree Rosie. I pan-fry these a lot.

  2. Posted June 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Rita – do you have burger stuffing suggestions for folks who don’t want cheese?

    • Rita's Kitchen
      Posted June 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      The ground beef mixture itself, with mushrooms, garlic, soy sauce etc, is terrific even without a cheese filling. I would do just that, make the burgers without a filling. Faster that way too. (But oh…, you miss out on the melted oozing cheese.)

  3. Maureen Magrath
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I just made these last night and stuffed them with blue cheese. They were soooo good!!!! Even my daughter who doesn’t like mushrooms or onions LOVED them. This is definitely going to be my new recipe for hamburgers!

    • Rita's Kitchen
      Posted September 22, 2010 at 7:29 am | Permalink

      Yea! These have become my routine burgers. I triple the recipe when I make them so they’re waiting in the freezer for me. I usually take them out a full day ahead (thawing overnight in the fridge, of course).