Gourmet Baked Cheeseburgers was born from an episode of running out of propane on the gas grill. We planned to cook out burgers and didn’t really have a fallback. But this tragedy turned out to be a triumph! Rather than make supper super late and run to the store for a new tank, I created an abbreviated mash-up of two different cheeseburger recipes I found on the net – one from Creole Contessa and one from Hellmann’s.
Of course I didn’t use all of their ingredients and I didn’t really measure anything. Plus, I added Gourmet Burger Seasoning from Weber and some extra salt and pepper. After patting the ground beef mixture out in my 10×14 baking dish, I realized the burgers were going to come out too thick.
Jimmie returned home with a new tank, but my plan was already well under way. I could’ve pattied up round burgers and sent them out to the grill with him, but I really wanted to see if making one huge cheeseburger would work. And would it taste good? I then patted it out in a 11×15 jelly roll pan all the way to the edges, put the pan in the oven then set the timer to 25 minutes, and worried that the rendered fat would overflow the pan.
I checked in at 20 minutes and found the meat rectangle had shrunk quite a bit, but the juices weren’t running all over my oven. I took the pan out, drained off the fat, and covered the top with 12 slices of cheese. I turned the oven to broil and put the pan back in until the cheese was melted and browned a little.
These burgers turned out unbelievably tender and juicy and were a hit with all the guys!
Two things I now do differently: 1) Divide the mixture into 2 – 9×13 pans. The burgers from the center of the original try were pretty thick. 2) Add more spices. The amount of onions sautéed in butter is perfect and the ratio of mayo to meat is spot on. They just needed more of the Weber seasoning blend. So the recipe below is written how I make them now. Be creative and change it up to suit your own tastes!
As with most of my recipes, cut in half or quarter if you’re not cooking for a crowd. 😃
Gourmet Baked Cheeseburgers
- 4 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 1 stick real butter
- 1 cup Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise
- 1 whole bottles Weber Gourmet Burger Seasoning
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 12 slices American cheese (or whatever you like best)
- 12 hamburger buns
- Optional: sliced tomatoes, pickles, sliced onions, lettuce, sliced avocado, condiments
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until browned and caramelized.
In a large bowl, mix meat, sautéed onions, mayonnaise, gourmet burger seasoning, salt, and pepper.
Divide mixture between 2 – 9×13 pans and pat evenly to the edges.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear and no longer pink in center. Don’t over-bake unless you prefer dry burgers. Top with cheese slices, return to oven and bake until cheese is melted. If you like your cheese browned a little, turn oven to broil for a minute or two. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes.
Cut cheeseburgers into squares and serve on buns with your favorite toppings.
Another fantastic burger recipe exploding with flavor, try these Lettuce Wrapped Basil Burgers!
Happy eating! 😊