Easy, Flavorful Stuffed Burgers
Stuffed hamburgers are an amazing upgrade from your standard burger fare. Better yet, they're much easier to make than they look. Use the instructions below as a master recipe for stuffed hamburger patties. Choose from our tangy Greek Filling or our kicky Fiesta Filling, or simply fill the patties with cheese or your own creative way to stuff a burger. Once you've got the hang of it, give some of our other great stuffed burger recipes a go! Find links to more recipes at the bottom of this story.
Step 1: A Perfect Meat Mixture for Stuffed Hamburgers
Most stuffed burger recipes start with ground meat and a handful of seasoning ingredients; usually there's also an egg involved—this helps bind the meat so the stuffed hamburgers don't fall apart during cooking.
This basic recipe for stuffed hamburger patties serves four. To make the meat patties, start by mixing together the following ingredients:
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1-1/4 pounds lean ground beef or turkey.
Mix well, then set this mixture aside.
Step 2: Great Fillings for Stuffed Hamburgers
Stuffed hamburgers can be filled with a variety of ingredients. Below, we give two great options—the Fiesta Filling and the Greek Filling. Both are terrific stuffed burger ideas.
Fiesta Filling for Stuffed Hamburgers
In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, 2 tablespoons finely chopped tomato, 2 tablespoons finely chopped and seeded jalapeño chile pepper, 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro, and two tablespoons thinly sliced green onions.
Greek Filling for Stuffed Hamburgers
In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup finely chopped, seeded tomato; 1 ounce crumbled feta cheese; 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion; 2 teaspoons finely chopped pitted ripe olives; 1/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar; 1/4 teaspoon olive oil; and 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed. Cover; chill for at least 30 minutes before using.
More stuffed hamburger ideas: If you prefer, you can simply use shredded cheese for the filling. Some of our favorite cheeses for stuffed hamburgers include mozzarella, blue cheese, feta cheese, and cheddar. Use about 2 tablespoons of cheese per hamburger.
If you wish, you can add other ingredients to the filling, such as fresh or dried herbs, spices, chopped olives, green onions, chiles, sweet peppers, or dried fruits. Use about 2 tablespoons of filling per hamburger.
Note: In addition to the fillings, you'll also need four hamburger buns for serving.
Step 3: How to Right-Size the Meat for Stuffed Hamburgers
One of the only challenges to making stuffed hamburgers is figuring out how to make each patty just the right size. You can buy a handy gadget—a stuffed burger press—to help you.
However, if you don't have a stuffed burger press, follow these simple instructions.
After mixing the meat mixture for your stuffed hamburger patties, place the mixture on a cutting board or work surface. Shape the meat mixture into a large, flat rectangle. Score the rectangle crosswise into four equal sections. Cut lengthwise down the middle, making eight equal-size portions of meat.
Step 4: How to Shape Patties for Stuffed Hamburgers
Now that you have eight equal-size squares for your stuffed hamburgers, use your hands to lightly but firmly press each portion into a 4-inch-diameter patty.
Step 5: How to Stuff a Burger
Place 2 tablespoons of desired filling in center of each of four of the patties, spreading filling to within 1/2 inch of edges (be sure to leave a border to allow room to seal the patties). Top with remaining patties, pressing edges together to seal.
A Useful Gadget for Stuffed Hamburgers: A Stuffed Burger Press
Another way to stuff a burger is to use a stuffed burger press. These gadgets make it easy to shape the burgers into just the right size and to seal the twin patties together; many of these tools even have a feature that presses an indentation into one of the patties to allow you to easily fill your stuffed hamburgers. Follow the manufacturer's directions for using your stuffed burger press.
Step 7: How to Cook and Serve Stuffed Hamburgers
To cook your stuffed hamburgers:
In a grill pan or a 10-inch skillet, cook burgers over medium heat for 7 minutes. Turn burgers carefully using a wide spatula; cook for 5 to 8 minutes more or until burgers are done (make sure they reach 160°F for beef or 165°F for turkey). If desired, toast the hamburger buns.
Serve the stuffed hamburger patties in buns; if you wish, add complementary toppings and/or condiments to the burgers. For example, for our Fiesta Filling-stuffed hamburgers, try topping with additional shredded cheese, plus tomato slices, and slather some guacamole on the bottom bun.
More Superb Stuffed Burger Recipes
Looking for more great stuffed burger ideas? Check out these terrific stuffed burger recipes, including great ways to stuff a burger with mozzarella, blue cheese and cherries, roasted red peppers, and more. Also check out our recipe for stuffed sliders—made extra flavorful with sausage. And be sure to click on our link to more great homemade burger ideas.