Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes

With summer and backyard barbecues coming around, there’s nothing like a good, juicy burger. I’m talking the drip down your chin, piled high with toppings, and nearly too big to bite kind of burger. But we’re moving burgers to the next level: stuffed burgers. We like to call them cantina burgers.

Imagine biting down into a soft, tasty bun on top of crisp lettuce, tomato, and zesty condiments followed by a bite of that juicy burger stuffed with ooey-gooey melted cheese. That’s the type of burger that’s sure to impress more than just your taste buds and maybe even the in-laws. This article will help you to rock your next backyard barbecue with the best stuffed burgers.

Make Stuffed Burgers in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Fill the Burger Press

Divide the meat into equal portions (we use 6 ounces per patty), split the portions in half and press a half into either side of the burger press.

Step 2: Stuff the Burger

Use the insert to flatten the patties on either side of the press and form a pocket. Place cheese or desired fillings in this pocket.

Step 3: Seal the Burger

Using the burger press, firmly press the two patties together, sealing in the fillings. Use the excess meat from the sides to further seal the edges and shape the burger. Gently lift your burger out of the press and cook it to your preferences. Enjoy!

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Sweet and simple. This stuffed burger is your typical American cheeseburger turned inside out. You’ve got crispy bacon on top with ooey-gooey melted cheddar cheese in the middle. Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to like it because it’s so simple and just a different take on the old favorite.

Ingredients:

For the Patty:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Recommended Toppings:

  • bacon
  • lettuce
  • tomato

Directions:

  1. Cook bacon strips in a large skillet over medium heat to preferred crispness and transfer to a plate to cool. Drain the pan of the bacon grease, leaving one tablespoon to cook the onions.
  2. Cook the diced onions in the bacon grease until clear or golden brown. Remove them from the heat.
  3. Gently toss the bacon bits, diced onion, salt, and pepper with the ground beef until mixed.
  4. Follow the directions as shown above for how to form the burger.

People who dislike blue cheese may not be so quick to try this bacon and blue cheese burger, but one of the taste-testers from downstairs who despises blue cheese even admitted that this burger was pretty tasty. With the blue cheese mixed with cream cheese, the result is a delightfully creamy filling without so much of the power from the blue cheese. And of course, you can never go wrong with mixing in some crispy, savory bacon.

If you like blue cheese (I know I do), you can add a bit more blue cheese into the filling for a stronger flavor.

Ingredients:

For the Patty:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped

For the Filling:

  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese

Recommended Toppings:

  • lettuce
  • tomato

Directions:

  1. Gently toss the ground beef with the bacon, salt, and pepper until just combined.
  2. Follow the directions to form the burger as shown above, stuffing the blue cheese and cream cheese in the middle.

One of the best party appetizers has got to be jalapeno poppers. Now we’ve turned them into a stuffed burger. A punch of heat in every bite being tamed by the savory and sweet cream cheese melted in the middle. Spice it up even more by using fresh diced jalapenos and pairing the burger with a spiced burger bun.

Ingredients:

For the Patty:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 small can of diced green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Recommended Toppings:

  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • extra grilled jalapenos

Instructions:

  1. Gently combine the ground beef with the chopped bacon, onion, chilies, and seasonings.
  2. Mix together the shredded cheese, cream cheese, and cayenne pepper in a separate bowl.
  3. Form the patties as shown in the directions above, stuffing the cheese mixture in the middle.

One of Dennis’s favorite cuisines is Thai with all the great flavors, so of course we had to get a Thai stuffed burger. Take all of your favorite flavors from Thai food, mix them into the patty along with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce to give it an extra kick, and fill the burger with your favorite cheese. The result will be an absolute masterpiece.

Ingredients:

For the Patty:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup very coarsely chopped
  • peanuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

For the Filling:

  • Garlic and Herb Cheese (or your choice of cheese)

Recommended Toppings:

  • bean sprouts
  • extra Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • mayonnaise

Directions

  1. Gently toss the beef with the chopped nuts, green onion, sauce, and seasonings.
  2. Form the burger as shown in the directions above, stuffing your choice of cheese in the middle.

Taco Tuesday just became a burger. With this Tex-Mex burger, you get all of your favorite flavors of a typical taco mixed into a burger and stuffed with zesty Monterey Jack cheese and guacamole.

Ingredients:

For the Patty:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • about 20 medium black olives, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon South of the Border Taco Seasoning or equal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Filling:

  • 3/4 cup Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese
  • 1/4 cup guacamole (optional)

Recommended Toppings:

  • extra guacamole
  • lettuce
  • tomato

Directions:

  1. Gently toss the beef with the chilies, olives, onion, cilantro, and seasonings.
  2. Form the burger as directed above, spreading the guacamole on both patties and stuffing the cheese in the middle.
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