Favorite stuffing choices:
• Delicious pimento cheese - biting into the cheesy goodness of pimento cheese is always a thrill.
• Sautéed mushrooms with horseradish sauce and shredded Swiss cheese (cheeses should be shredded to melt more easily.)
• Bacon and cheddar cheese - who could go wrong with this favorite?
• Tangy BBQ sauce with sautéed/grilled onions and Gouda cheese.
• Blue cheese crumbles and cracked black pepper.
• Roasted red peppers, black olives and feta cheese.
• Chopped pepperoni with marinara and provolone cheese (not much marinara).
• Sautéed onions and peppers with your favorite steak sauce.
• Chopped ham, pineapple, and teriyaki sauce for a Hawaiian flavor.
• Or anything else you can think of!
The simplest way to stuff a burger is to use two thin burger patties about ½ inch thick. Place one patty on a flat surface and make an indentation with your thumb or the bottom of a small can of tomato paste covered with plastic wrap. Place what you want to stuff the burger with in the center and place the other burger patty on top and press the two edges together. Chill the patty in your refrigerator to make it hold together better. Cook the burgers as you would any other burger - on a preheated hot grill flipping once per side.
Don't overstuff the centers and don't use overly liquid stuffing that will ooze out the sides as the burger cooks. A tablespoon or two of stuffing goes a long way unless you make really big burgers. And remember, burgers don't have to be just beef - mixing in ground sausage or using ground turkey or chicken is a great way to get new flavors too.
Presented by: Chef Andre Nowading, Kroger