Good Morning America Recipes

Emeril's Bacon and Cheese-Stuffed Burgers with Green Peppercorn Mayo

A Delicious Barbecue Indulgence

The famed chef grills up some of his summer favorites.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min


  • For the Burgers:
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, coarsely ground by your butcher (or ground chuck, 85/15 blend)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 6 chunks
  • 6 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 6 Kaiser rolls
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Green Peppercorn Mayo, for serving, recipe follows
  • Lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Tomato slices, for serving
  • Red onion slices, for serving
  • For the Green Peppercorn Mayo:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons green peppercorns, drained
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking Directions

    Make the mayo: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the egg yolk, vinegar, mustard, and peppercorns and process for 30 seconds. While the machine is still running, add the oil through the feed tube to form an emulsion. Add the salt. Transfer the mayonnaise to a container, cover, and refrigerate, up to 3 days until ready to use.

    Make the burgers: Add the beef to a mixing bowl. Add the Worcestershire, garlic, thyme, and salt. Using gloved hands, gently toss the mixture to combine. Divide the mixture into six portions (about 6 ounces each) and form into balls. Make a deep hole in the middle of a burger with your fingers. Press a chunk of the cheese inside the hole, and sprinkle some of the crumbled bacon over the cheese, then fold edges of burger over the cheese and bacon to completely enclose. With the palm of your hands, flatten the burger into a thick 4-inch wide disk, and then pinch all around the edges. Set the stuffed burger aside on a parchment-lined tray. Repeat with the remaining burgers, cover, and refrigerate until ready to cook.

    Heat a grill to high heat. Liberally brush the insides of the Kaiser rolls with the vegetable oil. Add the buns to the grill to toast, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove them from the grill and set aside.

    Sprinkle the coarse salt over the outside of the burgers and grill them for about 3 minutes without moving. Flip the burger onto the other side and cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer for medium rare, or until desired degree of doneness. Remove the burgers from the grill and serve with condiments as desired.

    Serve immediately.

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: dijon, peppercorns, chuck, worcestershire sauce, boneless chuck

    Course: Dinner

    Other Recipes That You Might Like
    Super Bowl Party: Top 11 Wings Recipes
    Fire up the grill or deep fryer this Sunday for the best wings you've ever had.
    Top 7 Decadent Super Bowl Foods
    Kick your diet to the curb with these indulgent recipes.
    Emeril's Turkey Burgers with Cilantro Mayonnaise
    Eat Heathy With Emeril's Turkey Burger
    13 Recipes to Make on the Grill for Memorial Day
    Fire up the grill for a fabulous outdoor feast.
    Grady Spears' Blue Cheese And Bacon Burger With Chipotle Mayo
    From "Cooking the Cowboy Way" by Grady Spears with June Naylor/Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Emeril's Turkey Burgers with Cilantro Mayonnaise
    Eat Heathy With Emeril's Turkey Burger
    Bacon Braised Green Beans
    Emeril Kicks Up Green Beans
    Emeril's Bacon Cheddar Cheese Scones
    Savory Scones for the Ultimate Brunch
    Home-Ground Burgers with Bacon, Cheese, and Fresh Thyme
    Orange Habanero Ketchup Adds a Sweet Kick!
    Emeril's Bacon and Green Onion Cornbread Dressing
    You Say Stuffing, I Say Dressing
    Pork and Chorizo Burgers
    Perfect For A Kicked-Up Father's Day BBQ
    Latest Recipes on 'GMA'
    VIDEO: The Ramen Burger
    VIDEO: Rays & Stark Bar in LA employs an expert to help you choose from 20 brands of water.
    VIDEO: Haylee Nelson reveals all the delicious flavors that make up the new "Sunrise Sundae."
    VIDEO: Ladies and Gentlemen... The Crookie
    VIDEO: World, meet The Cronut
    Food Tips: How To...
    Karen's Kitchen
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's blog here.
    Karen's Cordon Bleu
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's delicious and celebratory chicken dish.
    PHOTO: Karen Pickus cherry galette is shown here.
    Karen's Cherry Galette Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's recipe for a tasty dessert.
    Connect with GMA
    Social Tools Facebook Twitter Twitter Connect with GMA YouTube RSS