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Pepper Jack Hamburgers
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1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground or coarse ground pepper

3 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Pepper Jack Cheese, chopped

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

4 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Pepper Jack Cheese

4 onion topped hamburger buns

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

Lettuce leaves, if desired

Tomato slices, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in large bowl; mix lightly. Shape into 4 (1/2-inch thick) patties.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine chopped cheese, 3 tablespoons butter and chives in small bowl; mix well. Shape cheese mixture into 4 equal-size balls; flatten slightly. Press a small indentation into center of each patty. Place cheese balls into each indentation; form ground beef around cheese ball, pinching to seal well. Place onto large plate. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white.

  4. STEP 4

    Place patties onto grill. Grill, turning once, 10-14 minutes or until internal temperature reaches at least 160°F or until meat is no longer pink in center.

  5. STEP 5

    Meanwhile, spread cut-sides of bread with 2 tablespoons butter. Place onto grill, butter-side down. Grill until toasted. Top each burger with 1 slice cheese before removing from grill.

  6. STEP 6

    To serve, place lettuce leaf onto bottom half of bun, if desired. Top with burger and tomato slices, if desired, and top half of bun.

Tip #1

Chilling prepared patties before grilling allows butter mixture in center to firm up, making it less likely to ooze out during grilling.

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