The first of our Cook the Book recipes for the week is for cheese-stuffed cheeseburgers. As in, the cheese is inside. Whenever I write about cheese-stuffed cheeseburgers (like the Jucy Lucy) on A Hamburger Today, people seem to go wild for them. The recipe follows the jump here, but before you get to it, I'd give you two pieces of advice before making and eating this thing.
1.) In Step 4, Make sure you seal the patties tight. If you don't, the melting cheese will ooze out.
2.) Let your burger rest a bit before biting in. The hot, molten cheese can scald you.
- Yield:6 servings
- 1 ounce dried mushrooms (see note)
- 1/2 cup very hot water
- 1 pound ground beef sirloin
- 1 pound ground beef chuck
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
- 4 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
Put the mushrooms In a small bowl and add the hot water. Cover and set aside for about 20 minutes for the mushrooms to hydrate.
Combine the beef, Worcestershire sauce, marjoram, and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
Squeeze the mushrooms dry, and discard the soaking liquid or reserve it for another use. Mince the mushrooms and combine the mushrooms with the cheese, scallions, and salt. Divide the cheese mixture into 6 equal portions, flattening each into a thick patty about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Divide the meat Into 12 portions, and flatten each into a thin patty. Set a cheese patty on 6 of the beef patties, and top with the remaining beef patties. Press the edges of the patties closed to seal tightly and hold in the juices during grilling. Refrigerate until ready to grill.
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill, Lightly spray the grill rack with vegetable oil cooking spray. Light the coals or heating elements. and let them burn or heat until moderately hot to hot.
Grill the burgers for about 5 minutes. Turn and grill for 4 or 5 minutes longer for medium-well burgers. Use a large spatula when turning the burgers, taking care that they do not split.
Note: Dried mushrooms are sold in packages containing several different kinds. This mixture works well here, or buy loose dried mushrooms.