Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers Recipe - Made with Ground Turkey, Cheddar, and Spices

Cheddar-stuffed Burgers

Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers Recipe - Made with Ground Turkey, Cheddar, and Spices
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4


Cheddar-stuffed Burgers
Cheddar-stuffed Burgers

Cheddar-stuffed burgers are a delicious twist on the classic burger, with gooey melted cheese hidden inside the juicy patty. This recipe combines lean ground turkey with flavorful seasonings and a surprise burst of cheddar cheese in every bite.


The concept of stuffing burgers with cheese has been around for decades, with variations found in different cuisines around the world. This recipe puts a healthier spin on the traditional beef burger by using lean ground turkey as the base.


How to prepare

  1. Prepare the grill or broiler.
  2. In a bowl, combine ketchup and the next 8 ingredients.
  3. Stir in half of the ketchup mixture into the turkey and mix well.
  4. Divide the mixture into 8 equal patties and place 1 piece of cheese on 4 of them.
  5. Top with the remaining patties, pinching the edges to seal.
  6. Grill or broil the patties, turning once, until cooked through. Brush the remaining sauce over the burgers during the last 2 minutes of cooking time.
  7. Serve the burgers on buns with lettuce and tomato.


  • Swap out the ground turkey for ground beef or chicken for a different flavor profile.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese for the stuffing, such as pepper jack or mozzarella.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to seal the edges of the patties well to prevent the cheese from oozing out during cooking.

- Use a meat thermometer to ensure the burgers are cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165°F.

- Customize the seasonings to suit your taste preferences, adding more or less spice as desired.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these cheddar-stuffed burgers with a side of sweet potato fries or a fresh green salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Grilling or broiling the burgers ensures a delicious charred exterior and juicy interior.

Ingredient Substitutions

Feel free to customize the seasonings and toppings to suit your taste preferences.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the patties ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Presentation Ideas

Serve these cheddar-stuffed burgers on a platter with a variety of condiments and toppings for a fun build-your-own burger bar.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair these cheddar-stuffed burgers with a crisp, refreshing beer or a glass of chilled white wine.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of these cheddar-stuffed burgers contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of these cheddar-stuffed burgers contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of these cheddar-stuffed burgers contains approximately 12 grams of fat.


Each serving of these cheddar-stuffed burgers contains approximately 30 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

These burgers are a good source of iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.


This recipe contains dairy (cheddar cheese) and gluten (hamburger buns).


These cheddar-stuffed burgers are a balanced meal option, providing a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.


Cheddar-stuffed burgers are a delicious and satisfying meal option, perfect for a backyard barbecue or weeknight dinner. With a juicy turkey patty and a gooey cheese center, these burgers are sure to become a new family favorite.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of wonder I felt when I first saw this recipe for cheddar-stuffed burgers. It was a warm summer day, much like today, and I was visiting my dear friend Mary at her quaint little farmhouse. Mary was known for her delicious home-cooked meals, and that day she had a special treat in store for me.

As soon as I walked into her kitchen, I could smell the mouth-watering aroma of sizzling beef and melted cheese. Mary greeted me with a warm smile and a twinkle in her eye. "I have a new recipe to share with you today," she said excitedly. "It's my famous cheddar-stuffed burgers."

I watched in amazement as Mary expertly mixed together ground beef, breadcrumbs, and spices. She then formed the mixture into patties and carefully placed a generous amount of sharp cheddar cheese in the center of each one. As the burgers cooked on the grill, the cheese melted and oozed out, creating a deliciously gooey surprise in every bite.

I couldn't wait to try one of these burgers for myself. Mary served them up on toasted buns with all the fixings – lettuce, tomato, onion, and a dollop of tangy barbecue sauce. As I took my first bite, I was blown away by the burst of flavors – the juicy beef, the melted cheese, the crunchy vegetables, and the savory sauce. It was a culinary masterpiece, and I knew I had to learn how to make it myself.

Mary was more than happy to share her recipe with me. She handed me a handwritten card with all the ingredients and instructions neatly written out. I thanked her profusely and promised to make these cheddar-stuffed burgers for my family.

When I got back home, I wasted no time in gathering all the necessary ingredients. I followed Mary's instructions to the letter, mixing the ground beef, breadcrumbs, and spices together and forming them into patties. I then carefully stuffed each patty with a generous amount of sharp cheddar cheese before grilling them to perfection.

As the burgers cooked, the cheese melted and bubbled, creating a tantalizing aroma that filled the kitchen. I couldn't wait to taste the finished product. When I assembled the burgers with the toasted buns and fresh toppings, I knew they looked just as delicious as Mary's had.

I called my husband and children to the table and served up the cheddar-stuffed burgers with a flourish. Their eyes lit up at the sight of the cheesy center peeking out from the juicy patties. As they took their first bites, I watched with bated breath, hoping they would enjoy the burgers as much as I had.

To my delight, their faces broke into smiles of pure delight. They raved about the flavors, the textures, and the overall deliciousness of the cheddar-stuffed burgers. My husband even declared them the best burgers he had ever tasted.

From that day on, cheddar-stuffed burgers became a staple in our household. I would make them for family gatherings, backyard barbecues, and even just for a casual weeknight dinner. Each time I made them, I would think back to that warm summer day at Mary's farmhouse and remember the sense of wonder I had felt when I first saw the recipe.

Over the years, I have shared Mary's recipe with friends, neighbors, and even strangers who have tasted my cheddar-stuffed burgers and wanted to know the secret behind them. I have made a few tweaks and additions of my own, adding different cheeses, spices, and toppings to create new flavor combinations.

But no matter how many variations I try, the original cheddar-stuffed burger recipe will always hold a special place in my heart. It reminds me of the joy of discovering new flavors, the satisfaction of mastering a new dish, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food with the ones you love.

And so, whenever I make cheddar-stuffed burgers, I do so with a sense of nostalgia and gratitude for the friend who first introduced me to this delectable recipe. Mary may no longer be with us, but her legacy lives on in every bite of these cheesy, savory, unforgettable burgers.


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