Meatball Sub Stuffed Burgers

My grandma’s kitchen was full of all sorts of gadgets. She loved trying new things, so when she saw the latest kitchen gadget, she had to have it. I am so like my Grandma because one day as I was cleaning her kitchen, I saw one that I just had to have.

The “Stufz Burger Press”. At first I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it. But at the same time, I felt like there was so much I could do with it!

I thought stuffing it with mushrooms could be good, or maybe stuffing a burger with bacon. Why not add to mac n cheese to the middle? Then I thought cheese had to be added to the center as well. As I was thinking about cheeses, I came up with this recipe.

Honestly I thought it was brilliant. (Spoiler alert: it was) Meatball subs are so delicious, but I never order them because they are just so messy. The meatballs never stay on the sub. Every time you take a bite they fall out in every direction. I thought if we could make the meatball into one piece — a burger — that problem would be solved!

So, I got to work. I made the meat with this meatball recipe I found on Pinterest.

The contraption was a little hard to use, so I watched this video on Youtube to help me understand. It was very helpful because it was from the inventor himself.

I used sandwich sliced mozzarella cheese, but I wish I used shredded because I think it might have worked better.

Once the burger was stuffed, I threw it on my George Foreman grill and cooked them for about 10 minutes. Cook time will vary depending on your preference of the burger, but it will take a little longer than a regular burger because it is so thick. This got pretty messy. It is important to make sure the edges are securely pressed because the cheese will ooze out and make a mess on the grill.

Finish it off with some marinara sauce on top. I used a brioche bun because I thought it would hold up better than a regular, thin hamburger bun.

Would it have been easier to just put the cheese on top and pour the sauce on? Yes definitely. But where is the fun in that? The thrill of biting into the burger and having the cheese ooze out absolutely makes this worth it.

Meatball Burger

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Yield: 3 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Brioche buns
  • Marinara sauce

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, crumble ground beef with a wooden spoon or your fingers.
  2. Add the breadcrumbs, egg, and parmesan cheese. Mix everything with your hands.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk. Mix until smooth and even texture, adding more milk if the mixture is too dry or more breadcrumbs if the mixture it too liquidy.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Following instructions for the “Stufz Burger Press” on stuffing the burger. Add mozzarella cheese to the center.
  6. Cook burger to desired doneness. About 10 minutes is medium well.
  7. Place burger on bun, drizzle marinara sauce on top, and enjoy the ooze of the cheese when you take a bite.
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