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Inside-Out Bacon Cheeseburgers

 Inside-Out Bacon Cheeseburgers
During grilling season, these sandwiches often appear on my menus. Cheese and bacon are stuffed inside tender burgers, which are then topped with caramelized onions.
12 ServingsPrep: 70 min. Grill: 10 min.


  • 12 bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 whole garlic bulbs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 pounds ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 12 slices Swiss cheese, quartered
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove
  • to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 1/2 cup
  • drippings.
  • Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate
  • cloves). Cut tops off of garlic bulbs. Brush with 1 tablespoon bacon
  • drippings. Wrap each bulb in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for
  • 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Squeeze softened garlic into a large bowl; add the Worcestershire
  • sauce, pepper and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into 24 patties. Layer 2 pieces of cheese, bacon and
  • remaining cheese onto the center of each of 12 patties. Top with
  • remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.

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Inside-Out Bacon Cheeseburgers (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large skillet, cook onions in remaining reserved drippings over
  • medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring
  • occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, grill burgers, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes
  • on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices
  • run clear. Grill rolls, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted.
  • Serve burgers on rolls with onions.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 burger equals 733 calories, 43 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 157 mg cholesterol, 840 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 48 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.