Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Burgers

Servings 3 large patties


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 12 ounces fresh chorizo
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 extra sharp cheddar cheese slices (cut about ¼ to half an inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of smoker wood chips


  1. Soak the wood chips in water for about 10 minutes.
  2. While the wood chips are soaking, mix the ground beef, chorizo, garlic powder, ¾ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ tsp of black pepper together.
  3. Divide this meat mixture into 6 equal portions, and then make them into patties.
  4. Place a slice of the cheddar cheese onto three of the hamburger patties.
  5. At this point I like to lightly season the patty (the part of the patty where the cheese is lying) with a little salt and pepper – your choice… It’s optional….
  6. Place a plain hamburger patty on each hamburger patty with cheese.
  7. Pinch the seam of this new hamburger patty together and reshape your hamburger patty as needed.
  8. Start your charcoal grill as you would for any grilling needs.
  9. Drain your soaked wood chips.
  10. Once the coals have grayed over, place your wood chips onto the charcoals.
  11. Brush your grill with olive oil, and then place your burger patties onto the grill.
  12. Close your grill’s lid and cook the patties for about three to four minutes.
  13. Do not press down the hamburger patties! I repeat – do not press down the hamburger patties! Flip the burger patties, close the grill, and cook the burgers for another three to four minutes. Remove the burgers from the grill, and let them rest for a few minutes. Serve with your favorite condiments.

Recipe Notes

Tasty Tip:
If you cook the burgers for four minutes on each side, the burgers patties will be cooked to well done.
Using cheese slices that are sliced ½ inch thick in size will provide a very large cheesy center. Cross over to the other side with me and try it – if you dare! But I do make some with cheeses slices that are ¼ inch thick in size for the weak! But seriously, try it out both ways and see what your favorite is.