A Good Idea That Didn’t Work So Well

Last night I had burgers on the menu for dinner. I was feeling a little creative and decided to make “Inside Out” burgers with the toppings on the inside. I had seen Rachael Ray do this on her show and I looked up a few recipes, so I wasn’t flying completely blind here. I combined a few different recipes that I found and went to work.

1 – 1.5 pounds ground beef (or half ground turkey)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 tsps paprika
1 TBSP worchestershire (I use Lea & Perrins)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

I mixed all ingredients, except the cheese, together in a bowl. I then formed thin patties and placed a bit of cheese on each patty, then another small patty on top. I sealed those patties around the cheese. I placed the burgers on my George Forman grill and let them cook. When I went to get the burgers, all of the cheese had been squeezed out! LOL! So, back to the drawing board I go. First, I think that I need to have crumbled bacon in the inside along with the cheese. Second, I think that these burgers would do much better cooked either on a grill that doesn’t “smash” them or in a pan. I am now seeming to recall reading in RR’s recipe that you shouldn’t press the burgers down into the pan. I think that I am seeing the reason for this now. 😉

As for the flavor of the burgers, they were really good. Jon commented several times on how good they were. I put some cheese on top of his & Hannah’s burger, so they weren’t missing anything and didn’t realize the faux pas. This is why Aaron doesn’t like when I try new recipes on company. Thankfully we didn’t have company last night, but his “lecture” about my making new dishes on Thanksgiving was in the back of my head. 🙂

So, now that I know, I will be making these again, with bacon and in a pan or outside on our grill, weather permitting.