cuisinart burger pressSummer is here! And with it comes good times at in the backyard. Having a barbecue cookout is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors or just hang out with friends and family. A delicious burger and a cold drink are a perfect pair to a sunny afternoon. But did you know that there’s a way to cook burgers that make everyone around you come begging for more? Stuff those things with deliciousness! And Cuisinart’s stuffed burger press lets you do just that.

It gives your food the look and taste of the outdoor grill but with minimal effort. A burger press is a very convenient item to have around the kitchen, and one like this opens up the door to all sorts of stuffed goodies like cheese, spices and herbs, and even bacon! They enable you to create patties which are of consistent shape and size with its intricate design.  The item has a non stick coating which makes it very easy to cook and clean, and it’s dishwasher safe. The burger press doesn’t just do stuffed burgers, it can also help you cook sliders with it’s smaller, slider press insert. For regular patties, it can hold up to 3/4 of a pound of meat. But stuffed burgers are where the heart lies! And the trick to getting the stuffed innards to stay where they’re meant, is to properly “seal” the meat.

cuisinart burger press_trioThere are 3 easy steps to use a stuffed burger press:

1. Place a small amount of meat on the bottom of the press. (the total amount of meat needed is about a 1/4 of a pound, so use less than half of this for the bottom portion of the patty)

2. Add the goodies into the center of the bottom patty, making sure not to let touch the side of the press. (cheese is my favorite! And it goes over well with the kiddies too.)

3. Top it off with the rest of the meat, and make sure to “tuck in” the meat so that both patties are touching on all of the sides around the stuffed goodies.

Then, cook it! For those of you that don’t have access to a grill or are living in an apartment, you have the option of broiling the burgers in an oven, frying them in a pan, and you can even throw them on the good ol’ George Foreman grill.

Happy burger stuffing!  Bon appetit 🙂