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Homemade Stuffed Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburgers are easy to make and grilled to perfection. These super juicy burgers have bacon and cheddar stuffed inside for deliciousness in every bite.

While cooking cheese melts into the burger and the bacon adds extra juiciness and flavor. This is a combination everyone is sure to love!

A stuffed bacon cheddar burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion.

There’s really nothing better than a juicy burger! And to make things, even more, better you have to try these stuffed bacon cheddar cheeseburgers!

Grilling season is one of the best times of the year! Depending on where you live that may be a little bit different for each of us. Here in Florida, we do this just about year-round.

And while we certainly love our burgers grilled outside on the open fire, if you are craving a burger and that isn’t an option you can certainly do this in a cast-iron pan or on a griddle too.

Whichever way you cook these bacon cheddar cheese burgers up, they are the perfect dinner, game day, or summer party food!

Here’s what you need to get started.

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef: – I recommend using ground chuck if you can. It has the perfect fat ratio to make burgers so juicy.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Sharp Cheddar, Colby Jack, or any cheddar blend will work. Pepper Jack is nice for a little kick or just use your favorite cheese.
  • Bacon: Bacon just makes this burger extra special. I love to try different kinds of bacon when I make this. Applewood or cherrywood smoked are my favorites.
  • Salt and Pepper: The bacon already has some salt in it when it is cured, so lightly salt and then add pepper to taste. You could also add garlic or your favorite burger seasonings too. I recommend adding the salt right before grilling. This will ensure you don’t pull moisture out of the ground beef.
Stuffed bacon cheddar burger patties with all the ingredients needed to make in the background - ground round, bacon slices, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper.

How to make Stuffed Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburgers.

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Combine Burger Ingredients

  • Pick up your favorite ground beef – ground chuck (80 percent fat / 20 percent lean) is the perfect blend for a juicy burger. Without fat in the burger it will be dry and grainy tasting. Too much fat and it is just too greasy.
  • Chop the bacon into bite size pieces.
  • Add in preshredded or shred your own cheddar cheese.
  • Combine ground beef, bacon, and cheddar cheese in a bowl and mix together. I usually use my hands for this.
  • Form the burger patties.
  • Remember to salt just before cooking to keep moisture in the burgers.
Ground chuck mixed with cheddar cheese and bacon pieces pattied out and sitting on a piece white parchment paper.

Step 2 | Grill

Stuffed bacon cheddar patties as they are just put on the grill to cook.
  • Grill for 3 to 5 minutes on each side We fire up our grill to 250°, so they will be nice and juicy.  
  • Cook on direct heat to get the outside crispy and then move to indirect heat to finish cooking
  • Adjust cooking time to your liking (see cook times below).

    See that one on the front of the grill (pictured below) with extra crunch on the outside. That one is mine. I like mine well-done with a little extra crunch factor. But the inside is still nice and juicy. – SEE TIPS BELOW FOR A JUICY BURGER EVERY TIME
Bacon Cheddar Cheese Burgers on the grill with grill flames underneath while they are cooking

Tips

  • Keep the meat cold until ready to form the patties and cook. The cold fat inside the burger will expand while cooking on the heat and make delicious pockets of flavor inside.
  • Do not overmix the beef mixture: lightly but thoroughly mix in the ingredients.
  • When forming patties do not overpack. This will create a dense burger. Run cold water over your hands to keep the meat from sticking, form a lightly-packed ball and then press down to a 1-inch thickness. You can use a burger press or any type of lid. A peanut butter, sour cream or yogurt lid (when you are done with the product) works nicely. Then lightly smooth out the edges with your thumbs if needed.
  • To cook evenly, create an impression or shallow dimple in the middle of the patty when cooking on the grill. If you are cooking inside on a griddle or cast-iron pan, make more of a depression in the center of the patty to cook at an even rate.
  • Indirect heat: Get nice the outside crispy with nice grill marks on each side of the burger on direct heat and then move to the cooler, indirect heat side of the grill. This will give a nice crunch to the outside and a tender juicy inside.
  • Don’t press down on the burger patty with a spatula when cooking. This will squeeze out all those tasty juices produced by the fat in the burgers.
  • Using a digital thermometer is the best way to know the exact temperature of the burger. This will ensure correct doneness.

Frequently Asked Questions ?

How long do you grill burgers?

This will depend on a few factors like the thickness of the patty or how large they are and how high your heat is set. A meat thermometer will give you the best gauge. Here is a good rule of thumb:

Medium-rare burgers (warm, red center): 6 minutes total – 130 to 135°F.
Medium burgers (warm, pink-center): 7 to 8 minutes total – 140 to145°F.
Medium-well (hot, slightly pink center): 9 minutes – 150-155°F.
Well-done burgers (brown all the way through): 10 minutes total – 160 to 165°F.

The USDA recommends cooking ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F (well done).

Should you let burgers rest after cooking?

For the juiciest burger let them rest for about 5 minutes so the juices will re-distribute. To keep them warm tent with foil to keep the heat in. Keep in mind the internal temperature will rise slightly (about 5°) during this rest time.

Upclose image of a stuffed bacon cheddar cheeseburger on a slate platter served with chips and slaw.

Storing Leftover Burgers:

Storage:

Refrigerate burgers within 2 hours after cooking, 1 hour if the temperature is above 90°F. Cooked and cooled burgers can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Freezing:

Freeze wrapped in freezer-safe plastic, foil, or in a freezer-safe bag for up to 4 months.

Reheating:

When reheating be sure to bring the temperature up to 165°F. Microwave for 1 minute plus additional 30-second intervals until heated through.

What to serve with burgers?

Choose a soft bun:

Enjoy a burger on a soft pillowy bun. A potato bun is one of our favorites. But there are so many options – pretzel buns, sesame seed buns, brioche or plain white bread like my hubby grew up on.

Just make sure it’s a soft bun and not something crusty with a hard exterior. That makes it really hard to bite into the burger. Choose what you love or change it up for so you get a different taste each time.

You can leave the bun soft or grill to add a little crispiness.

For a low carb option, butter lettuce is our favorite “bun”, but iceberg, romaine, or even tomato slices can replace a bun.

Stuffed Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburgers toppings:

For this burger, the cheese and bacon are packed right inside. Juicy meat, melty cheese, bacon, and you have already picked your favorite bun – now for the toppings. Keep it simple or really go for it. Here are a few options:

  • Creamy and cool: avocado, mayo, or an aioli
  • Fresh and Crispy: lettuce, tomato, or thinly sliced onion
  • Rich: Fried egg and more bacon if you wish.
  • Tart and crunchy: Dill or garlic pickles, pickled onion or jalapenos.

The sky is the limit on toppings to create the perfect burger bite!

Upclose image of a bite taken out of bacon cheeseburger on a bun with all the fixings.

What do you like to serve with your burgers?  We change it up, but a beautiful Chopped Greek Salad, Pasta Salad, or Potato Salad are great options! And don’t forget dessert – Banana Pudding Cheesecake Parfaits will do the trick!

You can totally keep it simple and go for chips or fries too!

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Stuffed Bacon and Cheddar Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers
Author: Nikki Lee
Stuffed Bacon Cheddar Cheese Burgers are easy to make and grilled to perfection. These super juicy burgers have bacon and cheddar stuffed inside for deliciousness in every bite.

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ pounds Ground Chuck
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon, chopped, (I use kitchen scissors to cut)
  • salt, to taste (add just before grilling burgers)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper to taste, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder, optional (or to taste)

Instructions

  • Combine ground chuck, shredded cheese, bacon in a bowl. Form into 1-inch thick patties. Make a slight indention in the middle if desired.
  • Garlic, salt, and pepper to taste (make sure not to add salt to the patties until just before grilling)

Grill Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat grill to 250 degrees.
  • Place burgers on the direct heat side of the grill until you have nice grill marks then move to indirect heat and cook for 3 to 5 (total) minutes on each side. (See doneness notes for cook times below)
  • Remove from grill to a plate. Let burgers rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Stovetop Cooking Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet, griddle, or cast-iron pan to medium-high heat When the pan is hot, carefully place patties in the skillet (leaving some space between patties). Cook the burgers until nicely seared and they are browned halfway up the burger.
  • Flip the burgers and cook until done.

Notes

  • Keep the meat cold until ready to form the patties and cook. The cold fat inside the burger will expand while cooking on the heat and make delicious pockets of flavor inside.
  • Do not overmix the beef mixture: lightly but thoroughly mix in the ingredients.
  • When forming patties do not overpack. This will create a dense burger. Run cold water over your hands to keep the meat from sticking, form a lightly-packed ball and then press down to a 1-inch thickness. You can use a burger press or any type of lid. A peanut butter, sour cream, or yogurt lid (when you are done with the product) works nicely. Then lightly smooth out the edges with your thumbs if needed.
  • To cook evenly, create an impression or shallow dimple in the middle of the patty when cooking on the grill. If you are cooking inside on a griddle or cast-iron pan, make more of a hole in the center of the patty to cook at an even rate.
  • Indirect heat: Get nice the outside crispy with nice grill marks on each side of the burger on direct heat and then move to the cooler, indirect heat side of the grill. This will give a nice crunch to the outside and a tender juicy inside.
  • Don’t press down on the burger patty with a spatula when cooking. This will squeeze out all those tasty juices produced by the fat in the burgers.
  • Using a digital thermometer is the best way to know the exact temperature of the burger. This will ensure correct doneness.
Medium-rare burgers (warm, red center): 6 minutes total (130 to 135°F)
Medium burgers (warm, pink-center): 7 to 8 minutes total (140 to145°F)
Medium-well (hot, slightly pink center): 9 minutes (150-155°F)
Well-done burgers (brown all the way through): 10 minutes total (160 to 165°F)
The USDA recommends cooking ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F (well done).

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 538kcal (27%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 36g (72%) Fat: 43g (66%) Saturated Fat: 17g (106%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 152mg (51%) Sodium: 292mg (13%) Potassium: 495mg (14%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 284IU (6%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 236mg (24%) Iron: 4mg (22%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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