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Grilled Cheese Burger Recipe

Satisfy your cravings with this grilled cheese burger recipe! A juicy burger between two crispy grilled cheese sandwiches is the ultimate comfort food.

Grilled Cheese Burger cut in half  showing melted cheese and smoked burger between sliced bread topped with sliced pickles on a skewer.

Indulge in the ultimate culinary delight that will make your taste buds dance with joy, these grilled cheese burgers! Each mouthwatering bite is a symphony of textures, from the crispy edges of the grilled cheese to the tender, beef patty.

It’s officially grilling season here so we’ve fired up the Traeger and have been enjoying the warmer weather.  Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers are at the top of the must make list to kick off our summer of BBQ!

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Picture this: a juicy, burger patty nestled between two perfectly grilled, buttery slices of golden brown bread. As you take a bite, the warm melted cheese oozes out, harmonizing with the savory flavors of the beef. 

It’s a heavenly collision of comfort food favorites, a taste explosion that leaves you craving more. So go ahead, take a bite of this combination of double cheeseburger and grilled cheese sandwich, it’s sure to be the best grilled cheese of your life!

Grilled Cheese Burger cut in half  showing melted cheese and smoked burger between sliced bread topped with sliced pickles on a skewer.

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Burger making supplies

  • Traeger 780 Pro Smoker Grill – this is our Traeger model, it’s the perfect size for families who like to entertain! Be sure to check out all of our must have Traeger products.
  • Meater Thermometer – we love this wireless meat thermometer. It connects to an app that tells you exactly when your meat is done!
  • BBQ tongs – we keep ours by the smoker for easy use.
  • Large mixing bowl – you’ll need the largest one that you have for this recipe.
  • Measuring cups & measuring spoons– we often eye ball the ingredients in this recipe now but for the beginner it’s good to measure everything exactly. 
  • Parchment paper – used to separate the patties as you make them.
  • Kitchen scale – for making the burgers equal sizes.
  • Burger press – this is optional but good for making uniform burgers.
  • Paper towel – to make clean up a breeze.
  • Cast iron pan or skillet –  for grilling the smash burgers
  • Large metal spatula – for flipping the grilled cheese
Grilled Cheese Burgers cut in half  showing melted cheese and smoked burger between sliced bread topped with sliced pickles on a skewer on a wooden cutting board.

The entire family is sure to love this smoked burger recipe. These burgers are cooked low and slow on the smoker, locking in the juicy flavor!  

This is our preferred method of cooking hamburgers but if you don’t have a smoker, not to worry!  I’ve linked up our delicious homemade pattie recipe that is ideal for cooking on the grill of your barbecue, skillet or oven too.

Close up of Grilled Cheese Burger cut in half  showing melted cheese and smoked burger between sliced bread topped with sliced pickles on a skewer.

This recipe uses simple ingredients from the grocery store to make the most delicious, melty cheese burgers!   Let me show you how…

Grilled Cheese Burger Ingredients, sliced bread, cheddar cheese slices and cooked burgers on a white counter.

Grilled cheese burgers

Ingredients:

  • Burger patties, cooked*
  • White bread, sliced
  • Salted butter, room temperature
  • Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • Bread and butter pickles

*Use your favorite burger patties to create this grilled cheese recipe.  We recommend these smoked burgers or this homemade burger pattie recipe.

Buttered bread on a wooden cutting board.

Instructions

1. Spread butter generously over one side of each slice of bread.

Burgers cut in half on a wooden cutting board.

2. Slice the burger patties in half thinly.

Grilled Cheese Burger in a skillet.

3. Place a large skillet on the stovetop and preheat over medium-high heat.

4. Place one piece of bread, butter side down on the hot griddle.

Bread stacked with cheese and cooked burger patties in a skillet.

5. Layer the bread with a slice of cheese, half a pattie, slice of cheese, half a pattie and a slice of cheese.

Bread stacked with cheese and cooked burger patties in a skillet.

6. Top with another piece of bread, butter side facing out.

Grilled cheese burgers in a skillet.

7. Grill the cheese burger for about 3-4 minutes on each side. 

Tip: check the bread for doneness frequently so that it doesn’t burn.  Flip the sandwich when the first side reaches a crispy, golden hue.

Grilled Cheese Burgers with golden brown toasted bread on a cutting board.

8. Use a spatula to press the sandwich together and combine the melty layers.

Grilled Cheese Burgers with golden brown toasted bread on a cutting board.

9. Slice each of the grilled cheeseburgers in half and top with pickles.

This easy recipe makes 4 burger grilled cheese sandwiches.

Grilled Cheese Burgers with golden brown toasted bread cut in half and stacked on a cutting board.

Tips & Tricks

  • Add mayonaisse, mustard or special sauce to the bread before toasting.
  • Use garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, black pepper or onion powder to add more flavour to the beef patty.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap for up to five days.
  • Instead of bread use hamburger buns.
Close up of Grilled Cheese Burger cut in half  showing melted cheese and smoked burger between sliced bread topped with sliced pickles on a top.

How long do you cook hamburger patties?

  • Hamburgers can be cooked in a slow cooker on high for 5 hours or low for 7-9 hours.
  • Patties may be placed in an air fryer basket and cooked for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Hamburger patties can be cooked on the gas grill grate or charcoal grill for 8-10 minutes.
  • Smoked hamburgers take 2 hours to cook when smoked at 165 degrees F.
  • Baked hamburgers in the oven take about 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet, cook juicy burger patties on medium heat for 7-9 minutes.
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
Grilled Cheese Burger Recipe

Serve these with tomato soup, french fries, onion rings or potato salad.  The combination of classic american favorites is the ultimate in comfort food!

Grilled Cheese Burger Recipe

Topping Suggestions

  • Change up the cheese!  You could use slices of pepper-jack cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella or provolone cheese.
  • Top with crispy bacon, a fried egg, bell pepper or sliced red onions.
  • Add fresh slices of tomato, pickles or sauteed mushrooms.
  • Caramelized onions would be a great addition to this amazing burger. 
Grilled Cheese Burgers with golden brown toasted bread on a cutting board.

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Grilled Cheese Burger Recipe

Grilled Cheese Burger Recipe

Satisfy your cravings with this grilled cheese burger recipe! A juicy burger between two crispy grilled cheese sandwiches is the ultimate comfort food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 4 burger patties cooked*
  • 8 slices of white bread
  • 8 tablespoons of butter room temperature
  • 12 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 pickles

Instructions

  • Spread butter generously over one side of each slice of bread.
  • Slice the burger patties in half thinly.
  • Place a large skillet on the stovetop and preheat over medium-high heat.
  • Place one piece of bread, butter side down on the hot griddle.
  • Layer the bread with a slice of cheese, half a pattie, slice of cheese, half a pattie and a slice of cheese.
  • Top with another piece of bread, butter side facing out.
  • Grill the cheese burger for about 3-4 minutes on each side. 
  • Use a spatula to press the sandwich together and combine the melty layers.
  • Slice each of the grilled cheeseburgers in half and top with pickles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1252kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 80g | Saturated Fat: 41g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 30g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 266mg | Sodium: 2110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g
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