Cheddar and Roasted Garlic Stuffed Hamburgers

For many of you, it may be getting a little colder outside, but for some of you, grilling waits for no man.  Bundle up and grill up some of these quick-cooking (5 minutes per side) burgers for a hearty meal for your family and friends.  Cheese-stuffed burgers are one of life’s drool-enducing miracles; enjoy this one in the warmth of your home, maybe with some sweet potatoes left over from Thanksgiving.  Happy grilling!

 

Cheddar and Roasted Garlic Stuffed Hamburgers (from Sargento)

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 lbs. ground beef chuck
  • 8 slices medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, sliced in half

1. Preheat gas grill to medium-high heat, or prepare charcoal grill and raise temperature to medium-high heat.

2. Heat olive oil in small frying pan over medium-low heat.  Add garlic cloves, and cook until golden brown on edges and soft, about 5 minutes.

3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the garlic cloves to a paper towel.  Reserve 2 tablespoons of the garlic-flavored oil and refrigerate the remaining oil for another use.

4. Shape ground beef into 8 patties, each about 1/2-inch thick.  Fold 4 of the cheese slices into quarters. Place 3 roasted garlic cloves and 1 slice folded cheese in the center of each of 4 patties.  Top with remaining 4 patties.  Pinch together the edges of the burgers to seal completely.  Brush stuffed patties with 2 tablespoons of the reserved garlic oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

5. Grill 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature of the meat is 160°F.  Top burgers with remaining 4 slices of cheese.

6. Place rolls on cooking grate, cut sides down, and continue grilling for 1 minute or until cheese is beginning to melt and bread is lightly toasted.  Serve burgers on rolls with favorite condiments.

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