Friday, May 18, 2012

Idea for Grilling a Better Cheeseburger

Memorial Day is fast approaching and grills will be dusted off, fired up, and loaded with brats, dogs, and burgers.  Here's a way to amp up the flavor of your cheeseburgers.

This isn't a recipe post so much as just a general idea that I like to use when grilling cheeseburgers.  I'll post it as a recipe just to give some basic proportions but the gist is this - instead of grilling a burger and then just slapping a piece of cheese on it, upgrade your cheese with a party of flavor.  Mix up some shredded cheese with herbs, spices, and whatever add-ins you like.

Hot Mess Cheeseburger
Serves:  4 burgers

  • 1 1/3 lb ground chuck
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
For the cheese mix
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp roasted red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp coarse ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp creole seasoning* 
  1. Preheat a charcoal grill to 450f (medium-high).
  2. Season the beef with the salt, pepper, and garlic.  Divide into 4 equal portions and form into 1/2 inch thick patties.  [Tip - keep the beef very cold and rinse your hands in cold water before forming the patties.  This will help keep the natural fats from rendering and keep the meat from getting dense.]
  3. Toss the cheese mix ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  4. Grill the burgers for 4 minutes with the grill lid closed.  
  5. Flip and top the burgers with equal portions of the cheese mix.  Grill another 4 minutes with the grill lid closed or until the cheese is melted and the burger is an internal temp of 165f.  
  6. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.  Serve with toasted buns and your favorite burger toppings.  I used lettuce, tomato and bacon.
  • I used Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning because it's what I had on hand.  

Again, just an idea.  Throw whatever flavors you want into your cheese mix.  No rules.

This would also be a great stuffing for "Jucy Lucy" style stuffed cheeseburgers.

Put the cheese on as soon as you flip so it has time to melt evenly.  It's also important to keep the grill lid closed for  reflective heat.

Not your ordinary cheeseburger and it's totally adaptable to your preferences.


  1. My burgers are just good but not great and I have had no idea of how to go the next step. It's the cheese etc. that's missing. The slice of cheese is now band from the grill.

  2. Great plan of attack. Now if I only had a grill! LOL

  3. I think this is a great idea - builds a better burger and gets people involved.

  4. Fabulous idea Chris to mix different kinds of cheeses with spices. When I first saw the picture, my mind went to pimento cheese. I've seen people put pimento cheese on burgers, but it sounds rather rich because of the mayo. This would be much better.

    You've got a winner here.

  5. Good looking burger Chris I like the idea of kicking up the cheese and including the onion with it.

  6. While I've been ridiculously busy all week, it looks like I've missed some fabulous food!!! Gotta pay more attention, now that I've inherited a grill. Everything looks amazing!

  7. Love this idea! Grilling tomorrow for a party. I may have to change up my plans for my blue cheese burger and do this instead.

  8. I love the idea of an amped up cheese spread on a burger. Kinda reminds me of a different take on pimiento cheese!

    Hope you all are good! I'm ready for summer. It's been crazy our way lately.

  9. That is one of the most delicious looking cheeseburgers I've ever seen!

  10. My mouth is watering as it always does when I come here! I like the name of these! Jucy Lucy burgers are on my menu this week. . . I might have to nudge them up a few days.

  11. What a great idea! They look delicious!

  12. Drool worthy! I think that mixing the goodies with the cheese is a great idea.

  13. Great...I am sitting her at my desk eating carrots and cucumber slices, and now all I can think of is this burger! YUM! :-)

    Kim in MD

  14. You make the BEST burgers! And you make it look so easy but when it comes time for me to do it, all sorts of probs happen lol!! I love your fancy cheese mixture. Trying this one day! Um, I need to get on that grill. It IS summer... what am I waiting for?!

  15. That topping is also awesome on hot dogs.

    Thanks for the post!


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