The game changer
With the super bowl LV aka the 55th super bowl right around the corner, it’s time to get serious about game snacks and tasty food to have alongside. We snack, they play. That kinda labor distribution sounds good to me.
This super bowl, my favorite football treats are grilled cheeseburger sandwiches. They are essentially an amazing fusion between grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers. In other words: a savory win win situation. The whole nine yards of tasty soul food. It’s like your stomach will score a touch down. Essentially, this dish is a deconstructed cheeseburger. I love it as it gives you this nice blend of all the different flavors with every bite. Besides being a great soul food option alongside watching a game, grilled cheeseburger sandwiches are also a wonderful option for a comfort food dinner with the family.
I am also fully aware that technically every burger is a type of sandwich, but this recipe makes them even more sandwich-y since you use a sandwich maker to prepare them. Have you notice what a super sporty fella this grilled cheeseburger sandwich is, since technically you could say that it is super ripped like it loves working out. So I’d say, it is indeed a perfect fit for the super bowl.
Also don’t forget my super bowl food compilation for more tasty game day inspiration.
At a glance
- Category: Dinner, Soul food, Game snack
- Serving: 4
- Preparation time: 25 minutes
- Grill time per sandwich: 3-5 minutes
- Total time from start to finish: 30 minutes
- Extra equipment: sandwich maker
Ingredients for one grilled cheeseburger sandwich
- 8 slices of (brioche) sandwich bread
- 4 slice of cheddar
- A bit if chopped up lettuce
- 5.3 ounces (150 grams) of ground beef
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1/4 medium sized onion onions
- 1 tomato
- 1/4 cup of diced up (mini) pickles
- 1/4 cup of your favorite burger sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to make a grilled cheeseburger sandwich
It’s kick-off time for your grilled cheeseburger sandwiches…
Step 1: First of all, start by chopping the onion, the tomato and the pickles into tiny a.k.a. smallish dices and then cut your washed salad leaves into thin slices.
Step 2: Add the vegetable oil to a pan and bring it to high heat, then cook the ground beef. Now, you might have stumbled over the word “high” with regards to the cooking temperature as normally you should only ever cook meat on medium heat. In this case, I advocate for high temperature as it gives the meat that slight crunch and caramlization effect to the beef.
Cook the ground beef until it’s almost well done. Almost, because any kind of protein will continue to process even when you take it off the heat and also because you don’t want to dry out the meat, by leaving it exposed to high heat for too long. How medium or well done you cook it, should depend on your personal preference. I actually do it well done, even though I have my classic burgers cooked medium.
Step 3: Add the pickles, onions, tomato, lettuce and ground beef to a bowl and toss it up until it’s well mixed. Then, add the burger sauce as well as salt and pepper to taste. Now your filling for your grilled cheeseburger sandwiches is ready for the next step.
Step 4: Place the brioche bread sliced in front of you and add a slice of cheddar to half of them. Another option here would be to go fully cheesy and add cheese to the other half and essentially have cheese back to back. Adding more cheese to the grilled cheeseburger sandwiches.
Step 5: Scoop your filling on top of the cheddar and spread it out on the bread. Make sure though to not let it get to the edge of the bread, otherwise it just squeezes out of the bread slices as soon as you close the top cover of your sandwich maker. Close the sandwich, by placing the second bread slice on top.
Step 6: Bring your sandwich maker up to temperature. Once that is the case, place the grilled cheeseburger sandwiches in the sandwich maker, close the top and let it sit on the grill for 3-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bread slices.
Step 7: Once they are done and the sandwiches earned their stripes, place them on a plate and cut them in half.