Inside-Out Burgers

August 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

J:  Here we go, kids.  We’ve kept you in suspense for a couple days with the promise of an awesome burger recipe to come, and here it is.  These aren’t your mama’s cheeseburgers.  They are thick and juicy, with a hunk of oozy cheese in the middle — yes, you heard right.  These cheeseburgers have the cheese on the inside.  Though of course, you’re welcome to add more cheese on the outside, if the center doesn’t give you that cheesiness you’re craving.

mm, burger

I got the idea for these from this YouTube video, though we made a few modifications from their recipe to spice things up a bit.  We also used ground turkey, rather than ground beef, as per Erik’s preference, but I think ground beef would give the burgers a deeper earthier flavor, which we both agreed it needed.  A remedy for this, if you want to use ground turkey as well, is to add your favorite barbecue sauce as a condiment along with the lettuce, tomatoes, and anything else you like.

Inside-Out Burgers
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 c oats
1 chipotle pepper, de-seeded and minced
2 tsp adobo sauce (the sauce that comes with the chipotle peppers)
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 lb ground turkey or beef
2 oz cheddar, or your choice of cheese

These are really quite simple to assemble, once you’ve done all the prep work.  In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the meat and cheese.

herbs, onion, garlic, chipotles... this smells terrific

Add the turkey/beef, and mix thoroughly.  It’s probably most effective to just get in there with your hands and squish it all together that way, rather than using a spoon or other implement.

Form the mixture into four patties.  They will be large, but that’s kind of necessary for the amount of cheese we’ll be burying in there.  To deal with the cheese, cut 2 oz of cheddar into four blocks, one for each patty.  Press a cheese cube into the center of a patty, and form the meat mixture around it so that it’s entirely concealed in the burger.

hidden cheese: the best kind of surprise

Now, preheat your oven to 250.  While that’s heating up, heat some olive oil in a large skillet on the stovetop, and lay the burgers down.  If your skillet is smaller than ours, you may want to consider doing this in batches.  Cook the burgers about five minutes per side, over medium/medium-high heat, until they’re browned.  At this point they will not be cooked through; these things are thick enough that they need a bit more than that.  So, pop the whole thing, skillet and all, into the oven.  Cook for 10-15 minutes, until they’re just done through.

browned all over

You can see some of the cheese escaped and started oozing out the top of the burgers.  That’s when you know these are going to be fantastic.

Serve atop your favorite burger buns, with lettuce, tomato, barbecue sauce, and/or anything else your heart desires.  Enjoy!

picture perfect

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