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Smoked Paprika & Cheddar Burgers

Smoked Paprika & Cheddar Burgers. Thick and juicy cheddar burgers with the complimentary flavours of smoked paprika, roasted garlic and little pockets of melting cheese cooked right inside.

Smoked Paprika and Cheddar Burger

Smoked Paprika and Cheddar Burger

I have to admit that I am mostly a burger purist. I do not like a burger with a lot of filler like bread or cracker crumbs.

I’ve always preferred a simply seasoned, lean, grilled, pure beef burger that leaves the natural flavour of the beef front and centre. I like to vary the condiments and toppings to that natural burger to create different flavour combinations in  my burgers.

In this case, however, I did not regret a little experimentation with the seasonings and flavours in this burger. It was in a word, outstanding.

I’ve added grated cheddar to burger meat before but in this case I cut the cheddar into small 1 cm cubes and I like that method much better as the cheese forms little melted pockets that you bite into.

The smoked paprika, roasted garlic and toasted sesame oil add a fantastic smokey deliciousness to this cast iron cooked and crusted burger. I have shown it here with basic condiments and a couple of slices of red onion.

This burger is so full of flavour that it doesn’t need a lot of toppings but it is also very good with tomato and bacon.

Of course in summer, the grill is king around here and the added smokiness from the backyard BBQ can make them all the more delicious.

Smoked Paprika and Cheddar Burger

Smoked Paprika and Cheddar Burger

First posted July 2014. Updated Oct 2020.

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Originally Published March 9, 2011.

 
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Smoked Paprika & Cheddar Burgers
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
 
Thick and juicy cheddar burgers with the complimentary flavors of smoked paprika, roasted garlic and little pockets of melting cheese cooked right inside.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 1 burger
Calories: 423 kcal
Author: Barry C. Parsons
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 ounces old cheddar cut in 1 cm cubes
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 clove roasted garlic mashed into a paste
  • 2 tsp hot sauce optional
Instructions
  1. Note: This recipe is written for a single burger so that you can multiply it for as many people as you need to serve.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together well.
  3. Form into patties and grill over medium high heat or cook in a hot, lightly oiled cast iron pan until well done (internal temperature with a meat thermometer should read 160 degrees F or higher. Serve on toasted crusty rolls.)
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.
Recipe Notes

The total prep time noted includes time needed for roasting the garlic.

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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Wednesday 16th of July 2014

This looks just sensational! And the idea of adding cheese cubes, rather than just shreds, is brilliant! I love that there will be wonderful little pockets of cheesy goodness! And wow ... all that flavor from smoked paprika, roasted garlic and toasted sesame oil!?!? Seriously ... I'm so hungry now that I'm walking directly over to my fridge to make lunch (if only one of these burgers was in there waiting for me!!!). :D

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 16th of July 2014

Thanks Shelley, they sure are delicious. My video producer made them twice the same week as the video shoot. I think that's a great endorsement for this recipe....and welcome to our Bloggers board on Pinterest. Barry.

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 18th of September 2011

Oops! Fixed.

Anonymous

Sunday 18th of September 2011

Sounds great, but where is the smoked paprika in the recipe?

Dana

Wednesday 9th of March 2011

This sounds great, I love the idea of having little pockets of cheese to bite into! I find it is best to make a burger with just meat and no filler breadcrumbs - it tastes so much better.

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