One of my favorite appetizers in the world is stuffed mushrooms. I don't know why but I rarely make them. I think about them and drool over them often, but it's just not something I end up cooking! This past weekend I was really craving some and hubby was craving a BBQ burger. So, we improvised and created one of our absolute favorite burgers ever -- Stuffed Mushroom Burgers. They are crazy good. They are actually more of a "Deconstructed" stuffed mushroom burger because the mushrooms are on top of the burger, while the "filling" is in the center of the burger. Did I mention the filling has bacon in it? And cream cheese? And Parmesan cheese? And other yummy things? I didn't?! Well, it does. These would be perfect for Memorial Day, since it's coming up so soon! You should probably make them.
[Here's a picture of the filling before the "top" of the burger was put on and sealed.]
Deconstructed Stuffed Mushroom BBQ Burgers Recipe:
- 2 pounds ground beef (15%)
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
- 3 heaping tablespoons green onion, sliced
- 5 ounces shredded parmesan cheese - divided
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/4 cup beer (optional)
- 6 large hamburger buns
- Green leaf lettuce
- Condiments - mayonnaise, mustard, etc.
In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, garlic, bacon, green onion, about 3 ounces of the parmesan, onion powder and salt. Mix well. Form into a 6" log, place in saran wrap, roll and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until somewhat firm.
Combine ground beef, worcestershire, salt and pepper to taste, and divide into 12 parts. Flatten each piece until very, very thin. Remove cream cheese log from fridge and slice into 6 even discs. Place one disc in the center of one of the flattened patties and top with additional flattened patty. Seal edges and flatten. (You definitely don't want it to be super balled up at this point or your end result will be a huge burger ball.)
Lightly grease the grill and prepare it for direct heat grilling. Place burgers on grill, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and wrap in foil.
Place butter in medium skillet over medium heat and melt. Add mushrooms and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes and add beer. Cook for additional 4-5 minutes, or until beer has mostly cooked out and mushrooms are a golden brown.
Place your burger on your bun, top with mushrooms and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Add lettuce and any other condiments you choose. [We, personally, kept them simple and just used the mayo and the lettuce so we could really taste the burger. The filling is very, very flavorful and delicious!]