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This weekend, let’s be adventurous and grill up some Cheeseburger Kebabs! This twist on a cheeseburger offers a unique way to enjoy a summertime classic! And they can be made in advance, too. Mix flavorful, all-beef patties with cheddar cheese, then skewer with bacon, red onion, tomatoes, pickles and burger buns. Grill on both sides until perfectly cooked and serve with burger condiments. Cheeseburger Kebabs will be all the rage this summer!
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I’ve got a few more coming up, too, because it ain’t summertime without a good burger… or ten.
But today… well, today, we’re doing something different.
“Something different?” you ask.
When it comes to hosting friends and family at my house, I’m always trying to think outside the box.
Because to me, grilling season goes hand in hand with entertaining.
As y’all should know by now, I love to create twists on classic recipes, like this French Onion Risotto or Mediterranean Scalloped Potatoes. I take something we all know and love and spinning them on their heads just a little. Close enough to still be familiar but different enough to have a wow factor.
And these Cheeseburger Kebabs are just that.
They won’t require much more hands-on time than making a regular cheeseburger, and you can prep these in advance. Keep ‘em cool in the fridge, then when it’s almost time to eat, toss them on the grill.
And this all came about thanks to my friends at Sprouts Farmers Market. A few weeks ago, they challenged me to make a unique, summery beef recipe. And I was happy to accept their challenge because I love their ground beef!
Sprouts’ ground beef is always fresh and never frozen. It’s the same quality of beef that is served in fine restaurants… for a fraction of the price! And Sprouts’ butchers use the same high quality beef to make several batches of ground beef daily.
Also? It’s crazy flavorful, and y’all know I’m all about the flavor.
When I started brainstorming, I realized these Cheeseburger Kebabs would make for summertime beef perfection.
So once I had the recipe in my head, I headed to Sprouts and picked up some fresh grass fed ground beef at their meat counter.
Then I grabbed various other ingredients to create this recipe, including Sprouts Organic Bread and Butter Pickle Chips and Sprouts Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese.
And I headed back home to get started on the recipe testing process.
These kebabs are basically all my favorite things about a cheeseburger.
A juicy, all-beef patty is speckled with cheese, and the cheese creates an awesome crust on the burgers, too!
Pickles, which are delightfully sweet when grilled.
A crusty bun.
What is not to love?
Cheeseburger Kebabs Essentials
- Glass bowls.
- Cheese grater if you don’t purchase the pre-shredded cheese.
- Sheet pan.
- Gas or charcoal grill or cast iron grill/griddle/griddle.
- 2 tablespoon cookie scoop.
Get the look!
Now who’s ready to fire up the grill and serve something different but delectable to their guests?
Here’s how I made these beautiful kebabs!
This weekend, let's be adventurous and grill up some Cheeseburger Kebabs! This twist on a cheeseburger offers a unique way to enjoy a summertime classic! And they can be made in advance, too. Mix flavorful, all-beef patties with cheddar cheese, then skewer with bacon, red onion, tomatoes, pickles and burger buns. Grill on both sides until perfectly cooked and serve with burger condiments. Cheeseburger Kebabs will be all the rage this summer!
- 1 lb. Sprouts 80/20 Ground Beef
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup Sprouts Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 red onion , cut into bite-sized pieces
- 16 Sprouts Organic Bread & Butter Chip Pickles
- 5 slices bacon , cut into 48 bite-sized slices
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 whole wheat burger buns , cut into 16 pieces
Prepare the Ingredients
Before you begin skewering the kebabs, it’s best to get all your ingredients in order and to have them set up in a place where you can easily work. I like to line mine up in the order they will go on the kebabs so I can simply work my way down the line.
Place the wooden kebab skewers in a container of water. Soak for 30 minutes so the wood doesn't burn on the grill.
Chop the red onion, and place in a bowl.
Measure out the Bread & Butter Pickles, and place in a bowl.
Slice the bacon, and set out on a plate.
Rinse the tomatoes, then measure into a bowl.
Slice the burger buns, and place on a plate.
Make the Cheeseburger Patties
In a large glass bowl, measure out the ground beef.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add the shredded cheddar cheese.
Using your fingers, mix gently until the ingredients are combined.
Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out 16 patties. Round them with your hands and flatten slightly. (You can also eyeball the size and simply use your hands to measure out the patties, too. I just like using a scoop because it ensures all the burgers are the same size.)
When all the beef patties have been formed, it’s time to make and cook the kebabs!
Make and Cook the Kebabs
Preheat the grill to 450°F. (Or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.)
With all the ingredients lined up, it’s time to arrange the kebabs, then cook.
At the end of your ingredient line, have a sheet pan waiting. This will hold the prepared kebabs and transport them to and from the grill and/or grill pan.
First, skewer a burger bun bottom.
Follow that with bacon.
Add the burger patty, skewering it so the burger will sit horizontally on the grill (as opposed to just cooking the sides on the grill.)
After the burger patty, add another bacon piece.
Then skewer some red onion, followed by a pickle, a cherry tomato, more red onion, bacon and topped with the burger bun top.
Set onto the sheet pan, and continue the process until 16 skewers have been made.
Place the kebabs onto the preheated grill/grill pan, and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until the beef patties are cooked through.
Remove from the grill, and serve warm with your favorite burger condiments.
The kebabs can be made up to a day in advance. Line up the ingredients, form the burger patties, and skewer the ingredients in the proper order. Line up on a metal sheet pan, and cover with plastic wrap. When it's time to cook the kebabs, remove from the refrigerator, heat the grill (or grill pan), and cook.