August Recipes

Beer-Can Cheeseburgers

Cheeseburger with everything cut in half
Hands On:
60 minutes
Total Time:
105 minutes


  • 4 Hatch chile peppers
  • Hy-Vee canola oil
  • 2 lb 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp Hy-Vee salt
  • 1 tsp Hy-Vee black pepper
  • 8 slices thick-sliced Hy-Vee double-smoked bacon
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. Hatch pepper Cheddar cheese, shredded; divided
  • 4 oz smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 4 Hy-Vee Bakery sesame seed hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • butterhead lettuce leaves, for serving
  • tomato slices, for serving
  • red onion slices, separated into rings, for serving
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Preheat a charcoal or gas grill for direct cooking over high heat (500°). Rub Hatch chiles with canola oil. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes or until blistered and slightly charred. Remove from grill and place in a glass bowl. Tightly cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
Prepare grill for indirect cooking over low heat (250°). Combine beef, salt, and pepper in large bowl. Be careful not to overmix. Form 4 meatballs.
Tightly cover the bottom and sides of a beer can with foil. Form burgers by pressing the beer can into each meatball to form a cup. If necessary, press the meat one-third up the side of the beer can. Wrap 2 slices of bacon around each burger cup; skewer together with wooden toothpicks. Gently twist beer can to remove from meat.
Peel, seed, and chop Hatch chiles; set aside 2 tablespoons chiles. Combine remaining chiles, cream cheese, and half of shredded Hatch pepper cheese; set aside ¼ cup cream cheese mixture. Stir Gouda cheese into the remaining cream cheese mixture.
To stuff burgers, spoon cream cheese-Gouda mixture in burger cups. Top with remaining shredded Hatch pepper cheese and reserved 2 tablespoons chiles.
Place a sheet of heavy foil on grill rack. Grill burger cups on foil for 35 to 45 minutes or until meat reaches 160° and cheese is melted. To assemble burgers, place lettuce on bun bottoms. Top with burgers, tomato, and red onion. Spread the reserved ¼ cup cream cheese mixture on bun tops and place on top to enclose sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 100g 128%
Saturated Fat: 48g
Trans Fat: 3.5g
Cholesterol: 330mg 110%
Sodium: 2030mg 88%
Total Carbohydrate: 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%
Sugars: 8g 16%
Protein: 74g 148%

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