What better way to start the weekend than with a succulent, cheese-filled burger? A crowd-pleasing classic, this cheeseburger comes together quickly and simply. For a leaner variation, use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Once you've mastered the technique, get creative. Provolone, blue cheese, or mozzarella would make for a delicious molten center with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, and pesto as toppings. To add the recipe to your collection, read more.

Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers

Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers

Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
4 ounces cheddar, cut into 4 slabs
Vegetable oil, for grates
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 hamburger buns, lightly toasted
Toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, red onion, bread-and-butter pickles, and ketchup

Directions

  1. Divide beef into 4 equal portions, and gently form each into a ball. Insert a piece of cheese in the center of each ball, and flatten into 1-inch-thick patties, pinching beef to enclose cheese.
  2. Transfer to a plate; with thumb, make a shallow indentation in center of patties, taking care not to expose cheese.
  3. Heat grill to high; lightly oil grates. Just before grilling, season patties with salt and pepper. Place on grill; cover, and cook to desired doneness, 2 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let burgers rest 3 to 4 minutes; serve on buns with desired toppings.

Serves 4.