Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers

In celebration of the upcoming first day of Spring, I partnered with Kraft and Collective Bias to create these delicious Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers.

Cheese-Stuffed Curry BurgersIs it just me, or is this the longest winter ever?  Growing up in the South, I didn’t get to see snow all that much.  I still remember when I was in middle school and we got a “big snow.”  We lived at the bottom of a huge hill, and all of the neighborhood kids came out and sledded down that hill all night long.  It was one of the more memorable events from middle school!  Fast forward to present times when I live in upstate New York.  Snow isn’t as much fun anymore.  (Although I do still get a kick out of firing up the snowblower.)

But it’s mid-March, and I’m over the snow.  I’m over the single-digit temperatures.  So yesterday I decided to take things into my own hands.  What’s the fastest way to make it feel like summer again?  Nope, not running around the yard in a bathing suit.  It’s firing up the grill.  I just rolled that bad boy right out there on top of the snow and ice.  I might have had to shovel a path to get to the grill, but you know what?  It’s time.  Tomorrow is the first day of Spring, and I officially declare grilling season open!  To celebrate, I made these delicious Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers.  They’re cheesy, loaded with flavor and the perfect way to begin grilling season!

Cheese-Stuffed Curry BurgersMy wife is a huge fan of Indian food.  I, on the other hand, love classic, American food.  Fusion cuisine is all the rage right now, and we got to thinking about how we could create an Indian fusion recipe at home.  Of course, burgers came to mind for me, and my wife suggested adding curry powder into the burgers.  I’ll be honest that I was a bit skeptical about these burgers the first time we made them.  But these Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers turned out to be really tasty.  The curry powder complemented the beef burgers quite well, and I mixed in pieces of Kraft Naturals Cheddar Cheese Slices for an extra cheesy flavor.  I’d picked up the Kraft Naturals Slices at Walmart with the intention of just melting the slices on top of the burger, but my wife actually had the genius idea to tear the slices into pieces and mix those into the burger.  I actually now prefer this method as it creates these pockets of melted cheese throughout the burger.  Talk about delicious!

Cheese-Stuffed Curry BurgersThe Indian flavors in these Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers come partly from the curry powder and partly from the raita topping.  Curry powder is a mixture of spices, and it can vary quite a bit from one version to the next. We happened to have some mild Madras curry powder in our spice cabinet, so I used that this time.  But I’ve made these burgers before with standard curry powder from the spice aisle, and they tasted great.  Just know that each curry powder is slightly different, but they should all work fine for the purposes of these burgers!

Cheese-Stuffed Curry BurgersTo complete these Indian fusion burgers, I added a raita-like topping before serving.  Raita is a classic Indian yogurt-based condiment that often appears as a dip or sauce.  Since I wanted the raita to stay on top of the burgers, I used Greek yogurt to create a somewhat thicker version.  The cool raita topping partners quite well with the spicy hot-off-the-grill burgers.  All together, these Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers are a delicious creation that blends my love of classic American style food with my wife’s love of Indian cuisine.  And of course, these burgers were an excellent way to welcome in the first day of Spring and the start of a (hopefully) very long grilling season!

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Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers

Cheese-Stuffed Curry Burgers

Ingredients

    For the Burgers
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (at least 80% lean)
  • 4 slices Kraft Natural Jalapeno White Cheddar Cheese Slices, torn into 1/2"x1" pieces
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • sliced cucumber, for topping
  • For the Raita Topping
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (i.e. one 5.3 ounce container)
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, diced
  • 1-2 tsp jalapeno, diced and seeds removed
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cucumber, diced
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch ground cumin

Instructions

    For the Burgers
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a medium pan, add the diced onions and olive oil; saute over medium heat until onions are soft and translucent (~5-6 minutes).
  3. Transfer the onion mixture to a medium bowl and mix with the ground beef, cheese, red pepper flakes, curry powder, cumin, salt and pepper. (Tip: Mix well, but take care not to overmix or the burgers may be tough.)
  4. Form mixture into 4 patties.
  5. Grill burgers on medium-high heat until internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  6. For the Raita Topping
  7. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients together; stir well.
  8. To Assemble Burgers
  9. Place a spoonful of Raita Topping on each burger.
  10. Top each burger with 2-3 additional slices of cucumber before serving (optional).
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Comments

  1. Your wife has good taste! I so love Indian Cuisine too – from the spicy to the sweet – I can never seem to get tired of it! Such a BRILLIANT idea to top these curry burgers with raita – wow this must have been one heck of a PAR-TAY for the tastebuds!

    • Haha…I’ll have to pass your compliments along to my wife! This really was her idea…I just made it. :-) And yes, the tastebuds were definitely happy after this burger. Thanks for commenting!

  2. These looks AMAZING! My mouth is now watering for a Cheese Stuffed Burger! Thanks for sharing. #Client

  3. That looks so good and savory! Delicious! #client

  4. Dude, I’m so incredibly happy to see you grilling out on your snow-lined deck! That is awesome… and it really makes me want to go home today after work and get my grill going as well. These burgers look phenomenal. Love the Indian fusion thing you’ve got going on!

  5. We are big curry fans! This recipe sounds and looks delicious. I’m going to have to give it a try! #client

  6. Sounds yummy and these look so delicious! I’m ready for warmer weather and grilling season! #client

    • Thank you so much, Linette! I finally got over waiting for warmer weather and just took things into my own hands…snow or not. Hah!

  7. Those look amazing! I can’t wait until it’s warmer here in Chicago to get out and grill :) #client

  8. This looks so delicious! I pinned it to definitely try during grilling season!

  9. These sound right up my alley!

  10. Love the idea of adding cucumber slices to this burger. Thanks for the creative recipe!

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