Italian Style Cheese Burger

This tasty burger is topped with warm marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese all over a juicy beef patty. The marinara sauce you can make from scratch or just use a really tasty one that comes in a jar as I did. Hide the jar and really, who will know. This gem of a burger can be a tad messy, but isn’t it true that the best kind tend to run down your arm a bit?

Hubby actually came up with this flavorful burger. He is an Italian food lover and an avid burger connoisseur and wanted to combine both. As many of you know, he doesn’t like to cook, but he can come up with some delicious meal ideas. Being the loving, hungry wife that I am, I will try and cook them into creation. Of course I have to add my own tweaks to them.

So grab some extra napkins and here’s what you need to make your own:

*1 lb ground beef

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*2 tsp. onion powder

*2 tsp. garlic powder

*salt and pepper to taste

*marinara sauce

*sliced mozzarella cheese

*hamburger buns

In a large bowl combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Form into 4 equal patties and make a dent in the middle. This keeps the burgers from rising in the middle while cooking.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat and add the patties to the skillet. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, flip them over and cook another 3 minutes or until they are done to your liking.

Place the slices of cheese on the patties.

(yes, there is one without cheese because you know, there is always that one that has to be different.) Cover the skillet and cook until the cheese is melted. Take the patties out of the skillet and place on the bottom half of a hamburger bun. Spread some of the marinara sauce over the cheese.

Top with the remaining half of the bun and serve.

Enjoy!

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Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Original Post Date: January 13, 2020

This is a throw back to one of my first few posts on what was then my shiny new blog. Whenever hubby and I crave a really cheesy, meaty burger this is still one of our favorites.

If you are craving a really cheesy, simple burger, then this is the one to go to. I made this a few weeks ago and it is rather messy, and definitely for a cheat day, but it is oh so good. I’m mean how can it not be….look at all that cheesy goodness. So here’s how you can make it.

Cheese Stuffed Burgers

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • onion powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire or more
  • sliced cheddar cheese (or any other cheese you prefer
  • desired toppings and condiments
  • hamburger buns

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion powder, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form into patties.

Place one or two slices of cheese on top of one of the patties. Place another patty on top of the cheese and seal the edges of beef around the cheese. This prevents the cheese of oozing out of the patties while cooking, all though, some of the cheese does seem to make an escape. Continue this with the rest of the patties.

In a large skillet,( I prefer to use a cast iron skillet, but that’s just my preference.) heat until pan is hot, add patties and cook about 5 to 10 minutes on each side. Take patties out of pan and cover loosely with foil and let them rest for about 5 minutes.

Place on desired hamburger buns and top with your favorite toppings.

Enjoy!

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Classic Cheese Burger with a Special Sauce

I have a weakness for a good cheeseburger. Most of the time my go to is a bacon cheeseburger, but there are times that I crave just a simple, tasty cheeseburger. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s really all about the patty, the cheese and the bun right? This classic cheeseburger definitely satisfies those cravings.

The secret to a great hamburger is the most important item…the beef. I like to use ground beef that is 80% lean and 20% fat ratio. The fat in the beef is what makes the flavor. I wanted to keep it simple and just used salt and pepper, then patties are cooked in a cast iron pan until the edges are a little crispy, but that sweet spot in the middle is still nice and juicy. Then there is the melted provolone and cheddar cheese, pickles and then it’s topped with a special burger sauce. This sauce combines the usual condiments… mayo, ketchup, mustard and a few other tasty ingredients that make this mouthwatering burger complete. All of this on a nice sesame seed bun. Now I really want a cheeseburger.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

For the Burger

*1 to 1 1/2 lb ground beef

*sliced provolone and cheddar cheese or any other cheese that you prefer

*salt and pepper to taste

*sesame seed hamburger buns

For the Special Sauce:

*1/4 cup mayonnaise

*2 TBS ketchup

* 2 tsp mustard

*1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

* 1 tsp onion powder

*1 tsp garlic powder

*1/2 tsp dried dill weed

In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients together for the special burger sauce.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

Form the ground beef into 4 patties. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot add in the patties.

cook for about 3 minutes then flip them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes more.

Top with the cheese and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for another minute or until the cheese is melted.

Place on the hamburger buns and top with the special sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

The Ultimate Breakfast Burger

I came up with this burger when I was craving breakfast for dinner, but also wanted a burger. Why not have both? This has all the breakfast goodies, but on a burger. It has a juicy 1/4 pound beef patty, topped with cheese, some crispy hash browns, some nice smoky, crisp bacon and topped with an over easy egg all on a brioche bun. I have to warn you, this burger can get messy, but what good burger isn’t.

Here’s what you need:

*lb ground beef

*1 1/2 tsp onion powder; or more to taste

*1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder; or more to taste

*1/2 tsp. coarse salt

*cracked pepper to taste

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*about 2 Cups shredded hash browns; I used the frozen kind; 2 cups worked for 4 burgers, but you can add more if you prefer.

*canola oil

*sliced cheese; I used Colby Jack, but you can use any kind you prefer

*2 slices of bacon per sandwich, cooked crisp

*1 egg per sandwich, cooked over easy

*brioche hamburger buns

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

Form into 4 patties and set aside.

Cook bacon until crisp and set aside. I cooked mine on a baking rack, fitted on a baking sheet sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 410° until crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes. But you can use the pan method as well.

Heat a medium cast iron pan on medium high heat, add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the hash browns and sprinkle with a little salt and cracked pepper. Cook until the bottom layer starts to turn brown, then flip over. You might have to flip them over a section at a time to make it easier.

cook until the other side turns a golden brown as well.

While hash browns are cooking, heat a large cast iron pan on medium high heat. When the pan is searing hot, add the hamburger patties.

cook for about 5 minutes then turn them over.

Cook for another 3 minutes for medium rare burgers or 5 minutes for medium burgers.

Place the cheese on each patty and cook for another minute or 2 until cheese melts.

Remove from the pan, tent with foil and let it rest while you cook the eggs.

 Heat a non stick pan to medium high heat, add 1 TBS of oil. Crack the eggs into the pan. Season with salt and pepper. When the egg whites are starting to set, gently flip them over and cook for about 30 seconds. If you like a less runny yolk, cook longer.

Time to Build the Burger:

Place a hamburger patty on the bottom of the bun.

Next, add some of the hash browns on top of the cheese.

The add the bacon.

Then carefully place the egg on top of the bacon.

Add any other condiments you prefer on your burger, then place the top of the brioche bun over the egg.

Serve and enjoy!

Chorizo Cheese Burger with Guacamole

A few nights ago I made Chorizo burgers. Before I met my hubby I had never even heard of chorizo. It’s very tasty, but can be very strong, so I like to mix it with ground beef. We usually get the Mexican chorizo instead of the Spanish kind. The Mexican kind is spicer, so if you are not familiar with it, you may want to use more ground beef. The creamy guacamole pairs really well with the chorizo. If you have your own go to guacamole recipe, feel free to use that if you’d like.

Here’s what you need:

For the burgers:

*3/4 Ib ground beef

*1/2 Ib Mexican chorizo; casings removed

*Worcestershire sauce about 2 TBS or more to taste

*onion powder about 2 tsp or more to taste

*garlic powder about 2 tsp or more to taste

*coarse salt

For the Guacamole:

*1 Avocado

*juice of 1 lime or more to taste

*onion powder; to taste

*garlic powder; to taste

*dried cilantro or fresh; I only had dried on hand; to taste

*salt about 1/8 tsp or to taste

Cut the avocado and scoop out the pulp into a bowl.

With a fork or the back of a spoon, smash the pulp until somewhat smooth.

Add onion powder, garlic powder, lime juice, cilantro and salt.

Mix well; add more ingredients if needed.

Place a piece of plastic wrap on to the guacamole and covering the bowl.

This will keep the guacamole from turning brown. Set aside.

Place ground beef and chorizo in a bowl. Add Worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic powder.

Mix until blended.

Form in to patties, making an indentation in the middle.

This keeps the patties from swelling during cooking.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Salt both sides of patties and place into the skillet.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until a crust forms on the bottom. Turn over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Place cheese slices over patties and cover skillet. Continue cooking for about 1 minute or until cheese melts.

And yes, I know one is not like the other. I always like to leave one patty without cheese for those that prefer just a hamburger.

Place on desired hamburger buns. Spread the guacamole on top of the patty and top with desired toppings and serve.