Everyone’s summer favorite just got way better! We all love a big, classic juicy burger, but these Bacon Cheese Stuffed Burgers really kick things up a notch. Get ready for your taste buds to go crazy! These burgers are everything – SO juicy, incredibly flavorful and super easy. And don’t forget my secret burger sauce!

bacon cheese stuffed burgers served with French fries

If you love a juicy burger – this stuffed burgers recipe is for you! The combination of cheese and bacon cooked right into the patty makes them EXTRA juicy and then the secret sauce takes this burger to the next level of delicious! My family requests these all summer long!

These were the juiciest burgers ever! So good!

— Mary

There are few things better in life than a juicy burger, fresh off the grill. I know you agree! These are what we grilled for our Mother’s Day cookout and then again for our Memorial Day celebration. They turn out so flipping delicious, the whole family was raving about them. They’re definitely going to be a regular cookout item!

Ingredients needed

Making the perfect juicy burger doesn’t require tons of ingredients or special equipment. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Ground meat. Good quality ground meat is a must if you are looking to make the most juicy, flavorful burgers. I buy grass-fed beef and I opt for 96/4 lean beef. The added cheese and bacon will keep these lean burgers plenty juicy without being overly greasy. Feel free to use any type of ground meat you prefer. Ground chicken or ground turkey would work great!
  • Flavor creators. To take these to the next level, we’re adding in chopped cooked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and salt + pepper.
  • Buns. Challah buns are soft and flavorful. But feel free to use any favorite type of bun. You could even wrap your burger in lettuce for a low carb option. I recommend spreading a little butter on each half of the bun and then lightly grilling them for the best taste and texture.
  • Cheese. Even though we’re stuffing these with shredded cheese, they don’t turn out super cheesy. Stuffing them with cheese does keep them amazingly juicy, but if you want a really cheesy burger, add a slice of your favorite cheese to the top during the last minute or two of grilling.
  • Burger sauce. Our burger sauce is made from basic ingredients that truly make this the BEST burger. You’ll need mayonnaise, ketchup, sweet pickle juice, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt & pepper and cayenne pepper (if you like a little spice).
  • Toppings. Use your favorites here. We love lettuce, tomato, and red onions.

Looking for a healthier burger? Check out my other burger recipes: Easy Turkey Burgers, Healthy Burgers, Juicy Chicken Burgers, Chicken Parmesan Burgers, Black Bean Veggie Burgers, and Salmon Avocado Burgers.

How to make this recipe

Just a few simple steps and you’re well on your way to a killer stuffed burger! For the full, printable recipe, scroll down to the recipe card. Here’s the simple method:

  1. Cook the bacon. We want the bacon cooked, but not cooked so long that it becomes crispy. It will continue to cook and release flavor in the meat.
  2. Make the burger patties. Add chopped bacon, beef, shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to a large bowl and combine. I use my hands to evenly disperse the ingredients. Do not over-mix because you’ll run the risk of ending up with tough meat. Form the mixture into 4 patties.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour. This will help the patties keep their shape on the grill.
  4. Grilling time. Over direct heat, 3 minutes per side, or until the meat registers 160ºF.
hands forming beef into hamburger patties

How to grill burgers

My husband is actually the grill master in our household, but here’s how it goes down.

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place patties on the grill. Only flip one time and after about 3 minutes.
  3. If using, place sliced cheese on top of patties in the last minute or two of cooking.
  4. Butter buns and grill until golden. This will most likely only take about 30 seconds.
  5. Assemble your burgers with your favorite burger toppings!

How long to grill burgers

If you’re using 1/4 pound ground beef per burger, the grill times (per side) below will ensure you have your perfect burger.

  • Medium rare – 2-3 minutes. It’s okay and safe for your burger to be pink in the middle as long as it has reached an internal temperature of 160ºF.
  • Medium – 3-4 minutes. I like my burgers barely pink in the center and about 3 minutes per side usually does the trick.
  • Well done – 5-6 minutes. In my opinion, an overcooked burger is a dry, ruined burger, but I know there are people that like a burger well done.
raw stuffed burger patties on parchment paper

Secret sauce

Adding sauce to my burger is actually a new thing for me. I’ve always been a mayo girl, but after making this sauce for a family gathering, I’ll never go back to just plain mayo on my burger! This sauce is epic and will elevate the flavor of any burger recipe. And it’s so easy to whip up!

While the burgers are firming up a bit in the fridge, make the burger sauce. Simply, stir mayonnaise together with ketchup, pickle juices, garlic powder, paprika and salt & pepper to taste. Store the sauce in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

burger sauce for stuffed burgers

Assembly

Once you’ve mixed together the sauce, prep all of the burger fixings. Slice tomatoes, wash and tear lettuce, slice the onion, and get together anything else you want to serve, like pickles and all of the condiments.

To assemble, add plenty of secret sauce (or whatever condiment you prefer) to the bottom bun, then add lettuce. Next, stack the burger patty on top of the lettuce. Top the beef patty with any other desired toppings and add the top of the hamburger bun. Enjoy!

Expert tips

  • I use 90% lean ground grass-fed beef. It has plenty of flavor but is not overly greasy. You can use any ground meat that you prefer, even ground bison, turkey or chicken.
  • Burger patties should be evenly formed and more wide than thick. The patties will shrink up as they cook.
  • While grilling, DO NOT push or press on your burger. When you press on it, all of the juices leave the burger and this can lead to dry burgers. It’s a good idea to have a food thermometer, so you don’t have to worry about making sure the juices run clear.
  • The stuffed burger patties can be made up to 8 hours in advance and feel free to double the recipe, if you’re serving a crowd.

Frequently asked questions

How do you keep stuffed burgers from falling apart?

We recommend refrigerating the patties for about an hour before grilling. This will help them stay together and keep their form.

What does putting a hole in a burger do?

It is recommended to make a thumbprint indentation into the center of each patty before it goes on the grill. This is to ensure that the meat cooks evenly and it helps the patty hold its shape, rather than swelling, as it shrinks during cooking.

What temp should a stuffed burger be?

To be safe, ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF.

Variations

  • Stovetop burgers. If you can’t or don’t want to use the grill, try cooking them in a skillet. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to a cast iron skillet or nonstick skillet or grill pan and place it over medium heat. Once your pan is hot, cook for 3-5 minutes per side until they’re no longer pink.
  • Ground meat. Choose any favorite meat for this recipe. Aside from your classic beef or turkey, there’s lamb, pork or buffalo.
  • Cheeseburger. I typically use cheddar or American cheese, but some other tasty options are pepper jack, Colby, blue cheese, Swiss or feta cheese.
  • Juicy Lucy. This is a popular stuffed burger that originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s the ultimate stuffed burger! Not only is it stuffed with cheese and bacon, but there are also caramelized onions added to the mix. Grab a yummy recipe for the juicy Lucy burger HERE.
cheeseburger with burger sauce, tomato, red onion and lettuce served with fries

Serving suggestions

You have the perfect summer burger, now what are you going to serve with it? Here are some of our favorite burger sides.

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Bacon Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Everyone's summer favorite just got way better! We all love a big, classic juicy burger, but these Bacon Cheese Stuffed Burgers really kick things up a notch. Get ready for your taste buds to go crazy! These burgers are everything – SO juicy, incredibly flavorful and super easy.
Author: Kim

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef (I like to use 96/4 extra lean)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese or other favorite variety (optional)
  • for serving: toasted hamburger buns, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, burger sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.

Burger sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • dash of cayenne, optional for spice
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  • Cook the bacon until it is cooked, but not yet crispy. It will finish cooking in the burger patties. Let it cool slightly and then chop it into small pieces.
  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and use your hands to combine the mixture until the bacon and cheese is evenly dispersed. Do not overmix, though.
  • Evenly divide the ground beef into 4 equal servings and form into patties. Make the patties more thin than thick because they will shrink up some while cooking.
  • I like to cover and refrigerate the patties for about 1 hour, if I have time. (This will help the burgers keep their shape on the grill.)
  • While burgers are in the fridge, you can make the burger sauce: stir mayonnaise together with ketchup, pickle juice, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne (if using) and salt and pepper to taste. Place in refrigerator until you're ready to use.
  • Prep your burger toppings: slice tomatoes, tear lettuce, slice the onion, etc.
  • To grill, place each burger onto preheated grill or grill pan. Cook 3 minutes on one side and then flip and cook for another 3 minutes or until burgers register 160 degrees F. If adding cheese slices, do this after the burger has been flipped to the second side and after about 2 minutes. Top each patty with a slice, cover and cook 1 minute.
  • Serve as desired, on toasted buns with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and burger sauce or other condiments. Enjoy!

Notes

Grilling guide:
If you’re using 1/4 pound ground beef per burger, the grill times (per side) below will ensure you have your perfect burger.
  • Medium rare – 2-3 minutes. It’s okay and safe for your burger to be pink in the middle as long as it has reached an internal temperature of 160ºF.
  • Medium – 3-4 minutes. I like my burgers barely pink in the center and about 3 minutes per side usually does the trick.
  • Well done – 5-6 minutes. In my opinion, an overcooked burger is a dry, ruined burger, but I know there are people that like a burger well done.
Serving: 1stuffed burger patty, Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 107mg, Sodium: 713mg, Potassium: 506mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 142IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 117mg, Iron: 3mg

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