Inside-Out Cheeseburgers
Bush’s<sup>®</sup> Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

Bush’s® Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

Steven Raichlen, host of public television’s “Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke,” created this recipe for BUSH’S® BBQ Bootcamp™ and shared great tricks like mixing cheese, bacon, and scallions into the beef patties for a burst of flavor. Don’t forget to make his Grilled Corn Salsa for the side!
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Recipe Details

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 6


  • 2 strips artisanal bacon
  • 2 each scallions
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 8 ounces coarsely grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 each hamburger buns (brioche or Kaiser rolls)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • Optional Toppings:
  • lettuce leaves
  • tomato slices
  • pickle slices
  • sweet onion slices


  1. Set up well-oiled grill for direct grilling and preheat to medium-high.
  2. Grill bacon and scallions until bacon begins to crisp and scallions have grill marks. Move to paper towel or cutting board.
  3. Cut bacon into slivers and slice scallions crosswise.
  4. Place ground beef, cheese, grilled bacon and scallions in a large mixing bowl and mix well with hands or wooden spoon.
  5. Divide meat into 8 equal portions.
  6. Working quickly and with light touch, pat each portion into a patty.
  7. Make slight impression in center of each patty.
  8. Arrange burgers on plate lined with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  9. Generously season burgers with salt and pepper on both sides, then place on hot grate.
  10. Grill burgers until cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side for medium.
  11. To test for doneness, insert instant-read meat thermometer through side of burger into center: internal temperature should be about 160 degrees F for medium.
  12. Brush buns with melted butter and toast on grill, 1-2 minutes per side.
  13. Place lettuce leaf on each bun so the juices from the meat don’t make the bun soggy.
  14. Add burgers and optional toppings (tomato, pickle, onion slices), if desired. Serve immediately with BUSH’S Beans of choice or BUSH’S Grilled Corn Salsa.
  15. Pairs well with BUSH’S® Grilled Corn Salsa