Zesty's Ultimate Cheeseburger

by zesty on September 10, 2009 · 24 comments

Ever crave a good old fashion cheeseburger?  Well this kid craves them all the time.  I know it is not great for you but listen to this… How about some extra lean ground beef, a whole wheat bun, mushrooms, onions (if you like them), dash of mustard, and a splash of ketchup.  Oh wait – you can’t forget the cheese.

For my cheeseburger, I play a little game called “Hide the cheese”.  I can hear you saying “Oh dear, this zesty guy is crazy”.  Well that is partially true but hear me out.  I like to put the cheese inside the burger when I mix it.  For this I cut the old cheddar cheese up in little cubes and add it to the beef mixture. By doing so, it ensures the beef to be juicy and gooey and embed the flavor in every bite.



I went ahead and paired the burger with some savory potato wedges, some sweet potato chunks and a simple salad. They were a huge hit as always.Follow along below and check out the process.  Pretty simple but fun and let me know what you think of the zesty tip today.


  • 2 Lbs Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 Eggs
  • Black Pepper
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Cheddar Cheese


  1. Prepare the ground beef in a large mixing bowl
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  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat
  4. Add eggs and pepper too beef and mix well.
  5. Cut cheese  into small chunks and add to beef
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  7. Using your hands, incorporate the cheese into the beef
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  9. Form the patties to the size of your liking ( I prefer to have them a larger circumference and a thinner height)
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  11. Place patties onto a plate and press your thumb in the center of the burger making a slight indentation
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  13. Clean your grill as it is reheating.
  14. Place the burgers on the grill and do not move them until a nice crust is formed.  You can do a half turn for grill marks if that tickles your fancy.
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  16. In a frying pan, over medium heat add olive oil and saute the onions until translucent.
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  18. Add mushrooms and continue cooking down until golden brown.
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  20. Turn the burgers over, add your favorite barbecue sauce if so desired and continue cooking until no longer pink
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  22. Remove from heat and let rest.
  23. Assemble the burger to your liking.
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  25. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: To prevent the burger from puffing up in the center as it cooks, I press down in the center.  Also another great tip is too not add sauce to your burgers to early. It will just burn as most sauces have sugar in them.

So I guess that wraps up the “Zesty Ultimate Cheeseburger”.  This was a really fun post to do and I hope you enjoy it!  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me an email.  Have a great Thursday and I will see you with a weekday wrap up tomorrow.
Take care


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Morgan (lifeafterbagels)

Oh yes I crave the ultimate cheese “burger”. It’s funny, most of my friends ask how I could crave something so much that is not the “real thing”. But to me it is the real thing! . . . and delicious!


2 Pam



3 Lainie

Oh man, these burgers look AMAZING. I love how cheesy they are!


4 Kristen @ Simply Savor

love the idea of adding cheese directly into the burger before cooking! and no cheeseburger is ever complete without some cooked onions and mushrooms on top! great post zesty :)


5 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat!)

YUM! I wish I could eat that for breakfast!


6 Kim

Yummy! I think that is the best post you have ever done! That looks awesome, except for the mushrooms. Ha. I’ll have to maybe try that for Auburn’s (in Alabama) next big football game! War Eagle!


7 Jenny Flake

Double YUM! I haven’t even had breakfast yet and I am wishing I had a big burger. Great post, stumbled it for you!


8 Hugging the Coast

Looks so good! I’ve been eating a lot of homemade burgers lately and this one is classically good!


9 Andrea@WellnessNotes

I’m usually not a big “burger person,” but this burger sounds delicious. I love the cheese right in the patty. Great tip about not adding the sauce too soon! I used to do that all the time when grilling… :)


10 Sarah Parker

My mouth is watering! I got online to check out recipes for dinner…I know what I am making!!! Too bad Alex doesn’t like mushrooms…that looks HEAVENLY!!!!


11 Marisa (Trim The Fat)

Oh YUM! How delicious! Now, I want that for lunch… :)

Hope to try your dinner rolls tonight!


12 Donalyn

Looks pretty yummy Zesty – givng it a Stumble for sure!


13 Gina

I was craving a burger last weekend, but ended up getting wings instead (what was I thinking!?) Your “hide the cheese” burger looks amazing, especially with my favorite vegetable, mushrooms!! Great recipe. Thanks.


14 Lara (Thinspired)

I sent this recipe to my hubby and he came home saying, “When can we have those Zesty burgers for dinner?!” LOVE the hidden cheese ;)


15 Pam (Highway to Health)

I LOVE the cheese in the burget trick. What a great idea! This is a must try!


16 Jessie

wow what a great way of kicking cheeseburger up a notch! I must try this one


17 Olga

what a great idea to add cheese into the patties!


18 farida

Nice burgers! I love the idea with onion-mushroom layer. Must be delicious!


19 Jess (Fit Chick in the City)

The Husband would absolutely love this recipe! I’ll have to tell him to start reading your blog.


20 Bobbi

The Hubby WOULD LOVE THESE!!!!!!


21 pigpigscorner

This is YUM! Love the idea of adding chunks of cheese!


22 Heidi from Savory Tv

That looks killer! I’m a hopeless fan of all things burger!


23 Tanya

Wow these look DELICIOUS! That’s a great idea to add cheese in the meat; never thought of that before. This is why I love searching through different recipes because I always find great ideas. Thanks!


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