Homemade Cheese Stuffed Burgers



Liven up your BBQ with homemade cheese stuffed beef burgers, quick and easy to make and really delicious.

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Liven up your BBQ with homemade cheese stuffed beef burgers, quick and easy to make and really delicious.

In my family we’re pretty traditional when it comes to barbecues – burgers, sausages and that’s about it. I’ve been making my own homemade beef burgers for a while, and whilst we love the traditional barbecue foods, I cannot resist an opportunity to try something new.

In order to keep the family happy I couldn’t stray too far away from the traditional burgers. I therefore decided to take some cheese and put it in the middle of the burger so that when you take a bite, it’s perfectly melted and oozes out.

Liven up your BBQ with homemade cheese stuffed beef burgers, quick and easy to make and really delicious.

Over the past few months, on the rare days between rain storms, I’ve been experimenting with these cheese stuffed burgers and I ended up with a bit of a dilemma… is it best to have really oozy cheese stuffed burgers that are slightly more fiddly to make, or is it better to keep them really quick and easy to make but have the cheese slightly (although not too much) less oozy?

In the end I decided that I couldn’t make up my mind so I’m sharing both versions and it’s up to you which one you go for.

Liven up your BBQ with homemade cheese stuffed beef burgers, quick and easy to make and really delicious.

Homemade cheese stuffed burgers

Adapted from my original EASY HOMEMADE BEEF BURGERS.

Version 1 – Really oozy cheese but a little more fiddly to make

The cheese centre for these burgers is inspired by a Welsh rarebit topping. The cheese is already melted, along with butter and milk, which is what makes it really oozy. If you’re a huge fan of Welsh rarebit you could always add a dash of Worcester sauce and a tiny taste of english mustard to transform these into welsh rarebit burgers.

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 500g good quality beef mince
  • 60g cheddar cheese (choose your favourite strength)
  • 1 tsp butter (about 5g)
  • ½ tsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Salt

Method

  1. Place the minced beef into a bowl and break it up slightly, then season with salt (I use about ¼ tsp).
  2. Grate the cheese (60g)
  3. Add the grated cheese, butter (1tsp), flour (½ tsp) and milk (1 tbsp) to a small frying pan and cook on a low heat until everything has melted.
  4. Divide the mince into 4 balls.
  5. Take two-thirds of one of the balls and form it into a circle about 6cm wide. Now think back to pottery classes at school and use your thumbs to make a dent in the centre of the circle, like you’re making a bowl (image 1)
  6. Pour a quarter of the melted cheese mixture into the indent in the burger (image 2)
  7. Form the remaining third of mince into a circle with the same width and carefully put in onto the top (image 3). Gently pinch around the edge to join the top to the base and then use your hands to form it into a circle (image 4). You must be very careful for this bit as the melted cheese can ooze out if you’re too heavy handed.
  8. Repeat until you have 4 burgers.
  9. Cook your burgers on the barbecue or grill for about 15 minutes until cooked through, turning halfway through the cooking time.


Liven up your BBQ with homemade cheese stuffed beef burgers, quick and easy to make and really delicious.

Version 2 – A little less oozy but really, really easy

For this version you simply pop a lump of your favourite cheddar inside the burger – see I told you it was easy!

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 500g good quality beef mince
  • 60g cheddar cheese (choose your favourite strength)
  • Salt

Method

  1. Place the minced beef into a bowl and break it up slightly, then season with salt (I use about ¼ tsp).
  2. Cut the cheese (60g) into 4 equal-sized squares.
  3. Divide the mince into 4 balls.
  4. Take half of one of the balls and form it into a circle about 6cm wide.
  5. Push a square of cheese into the centre so that the mince comes about halfway up the side of the cheese.
  6. Form the remaining half of mince into a circle with the same width and carefully put in onto the top. Gently pinch around the edge to join the top to the base and then use your hands to form it into a circle (if it’s become a little misshapen).
  7. Cook your burgers on the barbecue or grill for about 15 minutes until cooked through, turning halfway through the cooking time.

Liven up your BBQ with homemade cheese stuffed beef burgers, quick and easy to make and really delicious.

Nutritional Information

Version 1

Calories: 306 kcal (15%), Fat: 21.2g (30%), Saturated Fat: 10.5g (52%), Carbohydrates: 0.4g (0%), Sugar: 0.2g (0%), Fibre: 0.0g (0%), Protein: 28.5g (57%), Salt: 1.3g (21%)

Version 2

Calories: 294 kcal (15%), Fat: 20.0g (29%), Saturated Fat: 9.8g (49%), Carbohydrates: 0.0g (0%), Sugar: 0.0g (0%), Fibre: 0.0g (0%), Protein: 28.3g (57%), Salt: 1.3g (21%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per serving for the stuffed burger only (excludes the roll and salad). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For (Burger only)…

  • Gluten-Free (Version 2 only)
  • Egg-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Corn-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Liven up your BBQ with homemade cheese stuffed beef burgers, quick and easy to make and really delicious.


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19 Comments:

  1. These look great Charlotte. I love burgers. Can you serve these pink at all? Would the cheese still melt?

    • Thanks Angela. I’ve not tried serving them pink before (we’re fans of the well done over here) but I’d imagine that version 1 should still work well as the cheese is already melted before you put it into the burger. Let me know how it goes if you try it.

  2. Oh my word they look soooooo good Charlotte! I used to eat these a lot as a kid, except mine came from Iceland LOL!!!

  3. Did you know these are called “Juicy Lucys” and originated in Minnesota?! They are a local claim to fame. Peter refuses to try them because he thinks he hates cheese, even though he actually doesn’t and really would love them. Maybe next time we see you, you can trick…er..surprise him with one! They look delicious.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jucy_Lucy

    • I didn’t know that, If I’d known I would have tried one when I was there!

      I’m not taking responsibility for tricking your husband into eating cheese. You’re going to have to do that one yourself! 🙂

  4. OMG, these look immense!!! Will have to try them this weekend!

  5. What a great idea Charlotte and definitely one to try – although it very much feels like BBQ season is OVER with the classic British summer holidays weather we’re getting at the moment! Thanks for linking up to #cookblogshare this week.

    • Did it ever really start??? Last year I had a couple of BBQs every week, this year I’ve had a couple all summer. Oh well, at least I’ll have the recipe ready for next year!

  6. What a natty way to make burgers more interesting – I bet the cheese centre can get hot mind you. #TastyTuesdays

    • Thanks Rosie. I’ve made these quite a lot and I don’t remember having any issues with the hot cheese but maybe bite in carefully just in case!

  7. Love a homemade burger, make them for the kids often. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  8. Good recipe, I have always used Baby Bell cheese for stuffed burgers as it fits just right and saves on the washing of the cheese grater. It’s a bit milder but melts just right.

  9. These look really yummy and great pics. I hate photographing burgers.

    • I actually don’t mind burgers too much as you can dress them up with nice buns and a bit of salad. My photography nemesis is scones, they can just end up looking like beige lumps!

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