Cheddar Stuffed Saucy Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Charmaine Broughton, Food Styling and Photography by Meagan Broughton.

A ‘lighter’ version of a BBQ classic – perfect for any backyard or dockside gathering. The only ‘filler’ in these burgers are finely chopped Canadian mushrooms and a hunk of Canadian cheddar.  Happy summer grilling and eating!

3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared mayonnaise
2 tbsp (30 mL) grainy Dijon mustard
1 tbsp (15 mL) Canadian maple syrup
2 tsp (10 mL) finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

250 g (8 oz) cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and cut in half
1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil
1 tsp (5 mL) quality balsamic vinegar
½ tsp (2 mL) each; salt and pepper
1 lb. (500 g) lean ground Ontario beef
¼ cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley (*or 1 tbsp (15 mL) dried parsley)
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh thyme (*or 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme leaves)
1 tbsp (15 mL) grainy Dijon mustard
2 cloves minced garlic (*or to taste)
4 oz (120 g) Aged Canadian cheddar cheese, cut in 4 even pieces
4 hamburger buns and garnishes of choice


Stir together sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Place mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until very finely chopped. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes. Add balsamic, salt and pepper and cook for an additional minute until brown. Remove from heat and place mushroom mixture in a large bowl. Crumble in beef. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese. Using your hands mix ingredients until evenly combined. Form into 4 even size patties. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (*or up to 2 days). Preheat grill to medium high. Using your thumb, make a well in the middle of each burger. Place one piece of cheese in each well and cover with beef. Place burgers on well greased preheated grill. Turn heat down to medium, and grill for 5 minutes. Flip burgers and grill for an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until internal temperature reads (160 F). Remove from grill. Place on buns and garnish evenly with sauce and additional garnishes of choice.

Nutritional Information:

Per Serving (based on burger and sauce *no bun): 466 Calories, 28.1 g Total Fat, 11.7 g Saturated Fat, 0.5 Trans Fat, 93 mg Cholesterol, 682 mg Sodium,10.4 g Carbohydrate,1.7 g Fibre, 4.9 g Sugars, 34.6 g Protein

Makes 4 Burgers