Extraordinary Ideas for Cheeseburgers

If cheeseburgers are your barbecue go-to and you're in the mood to jazz up basic burgers, you'll be interested in picking up a few of these cheeseburger recipes.

First of all, make sure you always buy high quality, high fat ground beef for your cheeseburgers. A good cheeseburger needs the high fat for it to be juicy and tasty. Always grill your cheeseburger on medium-low to medium heat with the grill cover down, flipping the burger only once, and adding the cheese a minute before removing the burger from the flame.

You may want to consider mixing grated or crumbled cheese right into the ground beef for the ultimate gourmet cheeseburger. You will want to mix in cheese at a ratio of two ounces of grated or crumbled cheese to every pound of hamburger. Because this will make your cheeseburger even fattier and juicier, you may also want to mix in bread crumbs (only a tablespoon or two per pound of hamburger) or chopped chives, onions, peppers or chili peppers so the burger will hold together well.

In addition to mixing shredded cheese into the ground beef, you will want to top the burger with a slab of cheese thick enough to add flavor but thin enough to melt in a minute or so on the grill. Some popular cheeses for topping burgers are swiss cheese, provolone cheese, jack cheese and cheddar cheese.

You'll want to serve your cheeseburgers on buttered and toasted hamburger buns. Place buns, buttered sides down, on the grill and toast them lightly.

Swiss and Mushroom Cheeseburger
Chop up a few fresh mushrooms and mix into your ground beef. Grill as normal. Add a slice of swiss cheese just before burger is done cooking. If you like even more mushrooms, sauté a few mushrooms in butter to place on top of the burger before serving.

Bleu Cheese Burger
Add in two ounces of crumbled bleu cheese when mixing up the ground beef. Top with a bleu cheese sauce after grilling.

Bacon Cheeseburger
Fry up a few slices of bacon. When burger is almost finished cooking, add a slice of either cheddar, provolone or smoky jack cheese to the burger. Top with bacon before serving.

Chili Cheeseburger
Mix in leftover chili with your ground beef before grilling. Top with Monterey Jack cheese in the last minute of grilling. Add another dollop of leftover chili on top of burger before closing bun.

Spicy Pepper Jack Cheeseburger
Chop up and add jalapeño peppers and onions to ground beef before forming patties. Grill as usual. Top with a slice of pepper jack cheese in the last minute of grilling. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top of the cheeseburger.

Pimento Cheeseburger
Mix in pimento cheese with the ground beef before forming patties. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on cheeseburger.

Avocado Lime Cheeseburger
Combine minced garlic, onion, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and lime juice with ground beef. Form into patties. Grill as usual. Top with Monterey Jack cheese in last minute of grilling. Top with slices of avocado or a dollop of guacamole. Enjoy!

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