Mac & Cheese Burger

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I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed with burgers. I love making new creations and trying different things with burgers. This recipe is no different. I took my homemade mac & cheese and piled it on to a beef and pork burger! It’s definitely a messy eat but the flavors are stellar! Check out my latest burger creation – Mac & Cheese Burger!

Mac & Cheese Burger

I almost always toast my burger buns – whether it’s brioche, potato, ciabatta or whatever. It gives the bread a chance to survive the whole burger and it is a great way to add a little more flavor too. You can essentially turn it into garlic bread and get that yummy goodness. For this burger I just did a light toasting. Since it’s 6 buns, I put them on a baking sheet and do them all at once in the oven. You can also do them one by one in a regular toaster.

The lettuce, tomato and onion are also key to the flavors of this burger. Without them, it sorta loses the burger vibe all together. And truthfully – the red onion is SOOOOOOO good with the mac & cheese!

I have a few different burger recipes in my cookbook – as well as on this website. I seriously make burgers basically every week for my family. I use different types of meat – beef, pork, chicken, turkey – and lots of different flavors and toppings.

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

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Mac & Cheese Burger

Two all-time favorites all on one bun!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burger, burger recipes, cheeseburger, mac & cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • ½ lb Bacon cut in half
  • 8 Brioche Buns
  • 8 pieces Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Tomato cut in slices
  • ½ Red Onion cut in thin rings

For the Burgers

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced

For the Mac & Cheese

  • 1 lb Short Pasta shells or elbows
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 450. Start water boiling for Pasta. Preheat Grill or Grill Pan to Medium-High.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon strips and cook until crispy. Remove to paper towel covered plate and set aside until ready to build burger.
  • In a bowl combine the ingredients for the burgers. Form into 4-in patties. Once grill or grill pan is heated, cook patties for 7-8 minutes on each side.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water to arrest cooking process. Return to pot (away from heat).
  • Lay open buns on a baking sheet and place in oven for 10 minutes to toast.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth and cook for 3 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream and cook for 3 minutes. Add in cheese, a handful at a time, until fully melted. Let cook another 2 minutes then pour over cooked pasta and stir to coat well.
  • Build the Burger: Start with a toasted bottom bun and place a piece of lettuce, one tomato and some red onions. Then top with a burger, followed by a helping of mac & cheese and then 3 pieces of bacon and top with toasted top bun.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

One thought on “Mac & Cheese Burger

  1. Oh my that looks so decadent! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you this Sunday at the party.

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