Well apparently yesterday was mac and cheese day... We were out last night, so I thought we'd celebrate in some fashion today. Really, I saw way too many photos of mac and cheese, so I had a craving to satisfy.
I had also seen ideas for mac and cheese as a topping on burgers. I've been trying to limit my gluten since I've been told I'm "gluten sensitive", so I decided to try to make a mac + cheese stuffed burger with a gluten free variety and without a bun!
The process is pretty self explanatory, but if you need some direction, see below!
Mac + cheese stuffed burgers
MAC + CHEESE STUFFED BURGER
Protein: turkey (or beef) Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes
(15 minutes for the macaroni, ~20 minutes to cook the patty)
INGREDIENTS (5+): macaroni and cheese, boxed
ground turkey or beef (1 lb)
breadcrumbs (3/4 c)
seasoning, to taste
I prefer Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb
additional fillings/condiments as desired
ex. chiles, queso, shredded cheese, etc.
INSTRUCTIONS: - Prepare macaroni and cheese as instructed
- Let macaroni and cheese cool to at least room temperature, or prep ahead and put in the fridge until ready to prep the burgers
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, egg, breadcrumb and seasoning
- Add breadcrumb until the meat is no longer sticky
you may need more than 3/4 cup - Divide the meat into an equal number of portions
# of patties you make will depend on how much meat you use and how big you'd like your patties
- Roll and pat each portion into a patty - Scoop a portion of macaroni and cheese on half of the patties
feel free to add additional cheese/toppings inside... - Place a plain patty on top of a dressed patty and press the edges together to seal in the filling
- If possible, transfer the prepared patties to a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a half hour to set
- Preheat the grill to 450F
- Arrange the patties on the grill to cook and flip halfway between cooking time (est. 10 minutes a side)
- Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160F
- Feel free to use a bun and top with any desired condiments - customize as you wish
- Dig in!
Mac + cheese stuffed turkey burger with queso and green chiles (left) and regular mac + cheese (right)