True friends are the kind that hear your family mini-van has died and they say, “Here. Take our car until you find a vehicle. Keep it as long as you need it.”
True friends are the kind who come over to check out your “new” used mini-van and pick up the car they gave you on loan and while you’re talking in the driveway, you decide you must certainly invite them in for dinner, even though dinner is…
Yes. You can invite true friends in to share your random leftovers.
So we did. We said something like, “You guys want to come in for dinner? We’re not sure what we’re eating…” It was an invitation they couldn’t refuse.
We sat together and ate re-warmed Hawaiian Beef Roast with a few other odds and ends, and it tasted just as good as a meal made fresh that day, because true friends make any food taste better.
But what really makes a friend true is when you’re eating leftovers together and they tell you about burgers stuffed with cheese. Indeed, a true friend is someone who tells you to cut a hunk of cream cheese and wrap your burger around it before you grill.
Today, my friends become your friends and this recipe becomes your BFF, because today I’m sharing my friends’ brilliant idea to make Cheese-Stuffed Burgers.
So what if these make your grill a little bit messy? Also, so what if I served these burgers on white burger buns? Indeed, I did. Would you like to know why I did this?
1) Because I don’t have time right now to make Homemade Buns. Maybe I will again eventually. Right now I have to compromise a little so I can keep up with life.
2) Also, I compared the ingredients to the 100% Whole Wheat Buns available at my local store. The ingredients in those were still terrible and they don’t taste as good. Why pay more for something that doesn’t taste good and isn’t actually healthier?
So I caved and I bought gross, cheap white store-bought buns. I’m not proud of this but I just ate a Cheese-Stuffed Burger so I actually don’t even care because all of life is better with these burgers. (Which, for the record, I ate without a bun because I’m personally not interested in buns right now. Meat and cheese though? Yes, please.)
To make these burgers, you’ll need to cut the cheese. (Saying that never, ever stops being funny.) I made it simple by cutting my cream cheese half, then in half again, then in half again…until I had eight squares of cream cheese. I then divided two pounds of hamburger meat into eight pieces, wrapped the beef around the cheese, and onto the grill they went.
I’m quite sure you could use any variety of cheese you like. I’m thinking Pepper-Jack would be a fantastic choice!
Simple Cheese-Stuffed Burgers
- 2 pounds hamburger meat
- 8-ounces cream cheese (or any cheese you like)
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Divide meat into 8 patties.
- Cut cheese into 8 pieces.
- Wrap meat around the cheese and flatten slightly.
- Grill or pan fry until meat is no longer pink, seasoning to your liking.
- Serve right away.
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Love this. We have extended this same invitation many times. Ya know, it just works out!!! Thank you for sharin the simple beauty hospitality can be!!! AND thankyou for sharin this recipe. My husband is grillin burgers tonight and i have cream cheese!! :-)
Reminded us of beef strognaff! Fixed one for us all to try as some were hesitant, all of us enjoyed it!!
Maybe chop up some jalapenos and cooked bacon and mix into the cream cheese before wrapping the meat around it- a jalapeno popper burger.
What a fantastic idea! My husband (and I!) LOVES jalapeno poppers and we hardly ever get them. I am going to keep this in mind :)
I was thinking along the same lines – blend in some dip mix (spinach…garlic & dill…sundried tomato) for an extra burst of flavor.
Like a ridiculously overpriced restaurant appetizer and your burger all in one! Mmm!
Cheese-stuffed burgers are called juicy-lucys around here. Not sure why, but I really don’t care. I just know they’re amazing.