Bite into one of these extra-juicy burgers to reveal a delicious surprise: a gooey melted-cheese center. Cheddar is a natural partner for a burger, but any good melting cheese will work -- think of all the possibilities!
Everyday Food, June 2008
- Prep Time 10 minutes
- Total Time 20 minutes
- Yield Serves 4
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
- 4 ounces cheddar, cut into 4 slabs
- Vegetable oil, for grates
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 4 hamburger buns, lightly toasted
- Toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, red onion, bread-and-butter pickles, and ketchup
- Divide beef into 4 equal portions, and gently form each into a ball. Insert a piece of cheese in the center of each ball, and flatten into 1-inch-thick patties, pinching beef to enclose cheese. Transfer to a plate; with thumb, make a shallow indentation in center of patties, taking care not to expose cheese.
- Heat grill to high; lightly oil grates. Just before grilling, season patties with salt and pepper. Place on grill; cover, and cook to desired doneness, 2 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let burgers rest 3 to 4 minutes; serve on buns with desired toppings.
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