Mac and Cheese Burger

Some times I come up with some crazy recipe when I scavenge through my refrigerator. This again is one of those times, and it was all due to some leftover mac and cheese that my kid had his fill on. I wasn’t going to let it go to waste. Who lets mac and cheese go to waste after all? It was burger night at the house and as I typically know what everyone likes, I let them call out their burger and see if anyone will get creative on me. My oldest is straight up burger with lots of bacon, the daughter refuses the burger, every time, and the other two are straight cheese burgers. That leave me, lonely me, to get creative. My go to lately has been straight up smash burgers with caramelized onions and cheese, topped with pickles. I’m hungry just thinking about it, and the smell of those onions, well, I can picture them now.  But as I was thinking about that mac and cheese, I was reminded as to how great this homemade hamburger helper was, as well as this cheese crisp burger was, so that  I knew, as funky as it sounds, that this mac and cheese was going to be great. It was.

Mac and Cheese Burger Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 1 hamburger bun, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of caramelized onions
  • 1/2 cup of macaroni and cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

I like to begin by caramelizing the onions first. This allows me to provide some nice aromatherapy for the family members, while at the same time allowing me to season my cast iron skillet that I cook the burgers in. I will let you decide on which route to take.  While the onions are cooking, form your ground chuck into a nice ball. We will smash that ball when we are ready to make the burgers. Season the top of the ball with a generous pinch of that salt.

Once the onions are done cooking, remove them from the skillet, and set them aside.

Bring up the heat to the skillet to a medium high heat. Add the burger to the middle, and let this cook for a few minutes.

Mac and Cheese Burger Recipe

With a large spatula smash the burger down, completely flattening it. Let cook another minute, then flip it over. You should have an awesome, caramelized burger. Season with a bit more salt, then add the caramelized onions to the top, and cover the onions with the mac and cheese.  After a couple of minutes, flip the burger, allowing the mac and cheese to warm through, and get a nice crisp onto the noodles.

Remove and place onto your sliced bun. Get ready to dig in. This burger is pretty darn amazing. It is everything you expect in a great cheese burger but with this great texture from the mac and cheese. If you happen to have any leftover mac and cheese, try topping some on your next burger and let me know what you think of this creation, the mac and cheese burger. Hope you enjoy.

Mac and Cheese Burger
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Recipe type: Burgers
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground chuck
  • 1 hamburger bun, sliced
  • ½ cup of caramelized onions
  • ½ cup of macaroni and cheese
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
Instructions
  1. I like to begin by caramelizing the onions first. This allows me to provide some nice aromatherapy for the family members, while at the same time allowing me to season my cast iron skillet that I cook the burgers in. I will let you decide on which route to take. While the onions are cooking, form your ground chuck into a nice ball. We will smash that ball when we are ready to make the burgers. Season the top of the ball with a generous pinch of that salt.
  2. Once the onions are done cooking, remove them from the skillet, and set them aside.
  3. Bring up the heat to the skillet to a medium high heat. Add the burger to the middle, and let this cook for a few minutes.
  4. Mac and Cheese Burger Recipe
  5. With a large spatula smash the burger down, completely flattening it. Let cook another minute, then flip it over. You should have an awesome, caramelized burger. Season with a bit more salt, then add the caramelized onions to the top, and cover the onions with the mac and cheese. After a couple of minutes, flip the burger, allowing the mac and cheese to warm through, and get a nice crisp onto the noodles.
  6. Remove and place onto your sliced bun. Get ready to dig in. This burger is pretty darn amazing. It is everything you expect in a great cheese burger but with this great texture from the mac and cheese. If you happen to have any leftover mac and cheese, try topping some on your next burger and let me know what you think of this creation. Hope you enjoy.

 

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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