Stuffed burgers are all the rage these days (as they should be!!!) and we couldn't help but add to our filled meats repetoire with these Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burgers. No, you are not mistaken my hungry friends. What you see there is a heaping pile of cheesy noodle-y goodness enrobed by the best ground round our butcher had to offer. Seasoned just right on the outside and grilled over that signature Traeger wood smoke, these big and beautiful burgers will satisfy whatever tooth it is that craves beef and cheese.
If you've got a commercial burger stuffer (you can find them online for anywhere from $5-$20) then your job will be made a little more simple. If you're left to do them by hand, just be sure to handle the meat gently and create a good basin of meat to hold in your mac & cheese. We actually like to use day old mac & cheese as it seems to hold up a little bit better during the stuffing process, so this is a perfect way to use up those leftovers!
Hopefully your stuffed burger adventures don't stop here. If you liked these, be sure to check out our Pastrami Stuffed Burgers!
Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Recommended Pellets: Hickory, Oak, Alder
1 lb ground round (80/20)
1 cup leftover Mac & Cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and cracked black pepper
Traeger's Beef Shake
4 buns, plus assorted burger toppings
Start the Traeger grill on Smoke for 4-5 minutes with the lid open. Close the lid and turn the temperature setting to High. Allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes while you prepare your burgers.
Separate the pound of ground beef into quarters, then each quarter into halves so you have 8 equal portions of meat. Press four of the portions into small basins and the other four into flat patties.
Fill each of the four basins with 1/4 cup mac & cheese. Top with extra shredded cheddar and season with salt and pepper.
Gently lay the flat patties on top of the mac & cheese filled basins and press the edges together to form a sealed burger. Season with Traeger's Beef Shake.
Carefully transfer the patties to the grill and cook for 10 minutes.
Flip gently and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until an internal thermometer reads 175 degrees F.
Serve on toasted buns with desired toppings. Enjoy!