Weekend Recipes: Cheesy Stuffed Burgers

It is a well known fact that if you come to our house for a barbecue, Bekah is the queen of the grill. Tonight, she (with much trepidation) entrusted the Weber - charcoal, flames, and all the accessories - into my care. I've been itching to try out something new that Bekah has previously poo-poohed (thinking the idea was preposterous). Good news: Bekah now approves. It turned out perfect.

Cheesy Stuffed Burgers

1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup bread crumbs
several slices of your choice of cheese (we used co-jack)
1 teaspoon oil
your favorite garnishments and condiments

Knead the bread crumbs into the meat until well mixed. Divide the pound of beef into eight approximately equal sections; roll each section into a ball.

Coat the surface of a plate with oil to prevent the meat from sticking while forming the burger patties. Take one ball, place it on the oiled plate and flatten it into a thin patty. Place one or two slices into the middle of the patty. Flatten out a second ball and place the second patty on top of the other, sandwiching the cheese between the two beef patties. Fold the edges of the two patties into each other to form one cohesive burger - trapping the cheese inside. Mold the joined patties into burger shape.

Repeat with the remaining six meatballs.

Grill until the burger is completely cooked. Top with your choice of condiments and garnishments (my favorite is a blend of BBQ sauce and ranch dressing). The cheese will be melted into the middle of your burger, but if you're the type (like my wife) who craves an abundance of cheese, you can add as much, either inside or on top, as your heart desires.

One pound of ground beef makes four burgers. They're meaty enough that you shouldn't need more than one burger.

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