Don't be fooled by the previous rater (who didin't follow the recipe at all, btw, so I don't know why she bothered rating it.) This is hands-down the BEST burger recipe I have ever tried. I've never been able to make burgers this delicious before. Now this is the only recipe I use. I've made it a handful of times now and it always comes out excellent. I don't have an outdoor grill so I just use my grill pan. I've also used center-cut bacon whenever I have trouble finding pancetta and it comes out just as good. EXCELLENT!
Pancetta and Swiss Cheese-Stuffed Burgers with Pesto Mayonnaise
"This is my answer to the bacon cheeseburgers we were eating way too often at our house. Stuffing the burger allows you to use a smaller amount of high-fat ingredients, but in a way that still makes a big impact. And as far as my husband is concerned, stuffing anything with bacon is never a bad idea." —Jill Simmons, Suisun City, Calif.
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- Calories: 444
- Fat: 18.3g
- Saturated fat: 6.2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 7.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 3.1g
- Protein: 39.9g
- Carbohydrate: 30g
- Fiber: 3.4g
- Cholesterol: 82mg
- Iron: 4.4mg
- Sodium: 687mg
- Calcium: 229mg
- Cooking spray
- 1 ounce pancetta, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (about 2 slices)
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 pound ground round
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese (such as Sargento)
- 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon commercial pesto
- 4 (2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns
- 1. Prepare grill or broiler.
- 2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add the pancetta to pan; cook 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove pancetta from pan, reserving drippings in pan; set pancetta aside. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Combine onion mixture, pepper, salt, seasoning, and beef in a bowl. Shape beef mixture into 8 (1/4-inch-thick) patties. Top each of 4 patties with pancetta and 2 tablespoons Swiss cheese, leaving a 1/4-inch border around edge. Top with remaining 4 patties; pinch edges to seal.
- 3. Place patties on grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 5 minutes. Turn and cook 5 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in center measures 160°. Combine mayonnaise and pesto. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise mixture on bottom half of each bun. Top each serving with 1 patty and top half of the hamburger bun.
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