Inside Out Bacon Cheddar Burgers with Caramelized Onions

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Last Friday I made the Turkey, Cheddar, and Potato Pie. I told you all that Seth’s girlfriend was coming over and she doesn’t eat red meat so I changed the recipe, that originally called for ground beef, to ground turkey. So now I had two lonely pounds of ground beef hanging out in my refrigerator. I didn’t know what kind of trouble they could get into in there with nothing to do so I figured I had better come up with something to do with them ASAP.

Of course my first instinct was BURGERS, but I didn’t want to make just plain burgers. Usually when we make burgers anymore we wait for the chuck roast to go on sale and then have the butcher grind it for us. It makes awesome burgers. One time Kevin decided he wanted ribeye burgers…WOW that was expensive…..GOOD but verrrrrrrry expensive. Oh anyway, ya plain burgers, not wanting them, OK back on track.

We all love bacon cheese burgers here so I decided to do a little twist on your basic bacon cheese burger. Plus I was trying to save Kevin from cleaning a cheesy grill. So I decided to put the bacon and cheese in the INSIDE of the burger, hence “inside out”, cool huh? OK I know, not so original but I liked the idea and ran with it. I opened up the spice drawer and the fridge to get some ideas. With Jessi being home and my Dad eating with us I knew I couldn’t go TOO crazy, so the only thing I used that I used heat wise, was some horseradish sauce. I went a little light on it so I know when I make them again I will probably double the amount I used.

Then, as Kevin was preheating the grill, I got the idea to caramelize some onions to put on top. If I had thought about it I would have made roasted garlic aioli but it was too late to roast the garlic *sigh* Anyway, I quickly sliced up some onions and got them going in a pan and it worked out perfectly. Just as the burgers came off the grill the onions were done TADA I love when a plan comes together!

I loved the way the little chunks of cheese made little “cheese pockets” and the bacon flavor was spread through the whole burger which was awesome because I don’t know about you, but I always take one bite of a bacon cheese burger and end up pulling half the bacon off in that one bite. So the last half of the burger is not so much bacon burger, just burger.

Everyone loved the burgers. My Dad’s comment was “Not too bad Brat” hehe gotta love him.

Inside Out Bacon Cheddar Burgers with Caramelized Onions

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 to 6-ounces Sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed in 1/4 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 hamburger buns


Preheat the grill to high.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions. Cook onions for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and reserve.

In a bowl mix together the ground beef, horseradish sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and bacon bits. Once combined add in the cheese cubes. Score the meat in an “X” so you divide it into 4 equal portions. Form 4 patties.

Place patties on the grill and, depending on thickness, grill about 5 minutes per side for well done.



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About Bobbi Burleson

Mom to 2 kiddos and one little Westhighland Terrier. A So Cal girl at heart, I now live with my boyfriend/sous chef in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am a writer, recipe developer, photographer, and lover of wildlife, the out of doors, and scrapbooking. My philosophy is to hold those you love close and enjoy each and every moment you can. Oh, and eat mac and cheese, you can never have too much mac and cheese!

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