Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork and Chorizo Burgers

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork and Chorizo BurgerThe humble burger has come so far in the last few years it seems. No longer a simple beef patty (or two or three) on a bun, a burger can be made from a variety of meats, or none at all, come served on any sort of roll, or none at all, and be accompanied by so many different toppings. While burger purists may proclaim the the beginning of the end for the true burger, I for one see it as fantastic for those of us who grill and otherwise entertain during the summer months. Burgers are a comfortable starting point for people when you want to introduce new flavors or ingredients. A twist on an old favorite is always fun on a menu and makes it memorable. Burgers are also easy party food because you can prep the patties and many of the toppings ahead, making them a great addition go any effortless entertaining plan.

A trend in burgers that I particularly enjoy is the stuffed burger. The fillings permeate the entire burger instead of just topping it, and when you stuff a burger with goodies you’d usually pile on the top, you create even more space for more interesting topping combinations without threatening the delicate patty to topping ratio. While cheese immediately comes to mind as the perfect stuffer, and is in fact the stuffing star in this recipe, so many other ingredients are great candidates to secret away in the center of a patty. From caramelized onions to roasted peppers and even diced mushrooms, any sturdy filling will do. Your limited only by your imagination.

The stuffing of the burgers themselves isn’t too difficult once you’ve had a little practice. They even make fun little gadgets to help you create more uniform stuffed burgers. Out of curiosity I tried the stuffed burger press from Sur La Table. I did find it made prettier stuffed burgers than I’d ever made on my own, but it really only worked well when I made 1/2 or 3/4 lb. patties. 6 oz patties, which are my preferred size, didn’t fare as well.

Have you ever made stuffed burgers? What’s your favorite meat and filling combination?

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