Take your burger to the next level with this Crack Burgers. It is the perfect burger to make at your next weekend cookout for a crowd pleasing meal.

Crack Burgers cut in half with melted cheese in the center topped with fresh lettuce and red onions with a plate of french fries
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This burger recipe is packed with amazing flavor. Each bite is filled with melty cheese and a hint of ranch flavor for a twist on your grilled beef recipe. This burger is a quick weeknight dinner and can be prepared ahead of time.

I love grilling out on the weekends with friends and family, this burger is always on the menu because how easy it is to make. If you love this cheese stuffed burger, then you will probably love Juicy Lucy Burger or these Stuffed Burger Recipes.

What is a Crack Burger?

Crack burger combines the flavor of ranch seasoning mix, chopped bacon and cheese to make an ultimate burger. It has amazing texture and grills juicy with amazing flavor.

It is then served on your favorite hamburger bun with your favorite burger toppings for an amazing meal idea.

Ingredients

Hamburger buns, shredded cheese, crumbed bacon, ground beef in a bowl, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ranch seasoning
  • Ground Beef – We like using high-quality beef as lean meat may cause the hamburgers to fall apart.
  • Ranch Dressing Mix – You can use packet or make Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Cheese – We added the shredded cheese to the center of the ground beef mixture. But you can also mix it into the beef mixture or add slices of cheddar cheese to the top of the burger patties. Other cheese options to try – gouda, parmesan cheese or pepper jack cheese.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. We love the ranch flavors but make it your own. You can even add in a tablespoon Worcestershire sauce for delicious flavors.

How to Make Crack Burgers

Ground beef in a bowl topped with ranch seasoning, salt, pepper with a bowl of chopped bacon and shredded cheese on the side

Step 1 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Mix well using your hands until the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the meat.

Ground beef balls on a cutting board

Step 2 – Divide the meat mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a thin patty, about 1/4-inch thick.

Ground beef patties topped with shredded cheese

Step 3 – Place about 2 tablespoons of crumbled bacon and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese in the center of each of 4 patties. Top with the remaining 4 patties and seal the edges tightly to enclose the savory bacon and cheese. Gently press the patties to flatten them slightly.

Ground beef on the grill

Step 4 – Preheat a grill or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach the desired level of doneness. The internal temperature of the burgers should reach 160°F.

  • Step 5 – During the last minute of cooking, place the split hamburger buns cut-side down on the grill or skillet to toast lightly.
  • Step 6 – Assemble the burgers by placing each patty on a toasted bun and adding your desired toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mayonnaise.

Recipe Tips

  • Ground Beef Recommendation – For the juiciest and most flavorful burgers, use ground beef with a higher fat content, such as 80/20 or 85/15.
  • Combining Ingredients – Avoid over mixing, as this can lead to tough burgers.
  • Cooking Time – Grilling time will vary depending on the size of your beef patties and your grill. You can easily use a meat thermometer to ensure your burger is fully cooked.
Crack burgers on a plate with a side of french fries. Burger is topped with red onions, tomato and lettuce

Serving Suggestions

This burger is delicious topped with your favorite classic burger condiments. Serve with this burger with sturdy buns to hold all these delicious toppings.

  • Red Onion
  • Juicy Tomato Slices
  • Sour Cream
  • Crisp Lettuce Leaves
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Jalapeños
  • Smash Burger Sauce

Make sure to add your favorite more burger side dishes. We love Grilled French Fries, Grilled Fresh Vegetables in Foil and Grilled Watermelon for a complete meal idea.

Crack Burgers cut in half with melted cheese in the center topped with fresh lettuce and red onions with a plate of french fries

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Burgers

Store leftover burgers in an airtight container in the fridge. These burgers will last about 3-4 days if stored properly.

How to Reheat Burgers

Reheat the burger in the microwave or in the oven until fully heated.

Can I Make Burger with Ground Chicken?

Yes, ground chicken is a delicious variation and makes it a light option.

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Crack Burgers

5 from 1 vote
Take your burger to the next level with this Crack Burgers. It is the perfect burger to make at your next weekend cookout for a crowd pleasing meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 806

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 oz. ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns split and toasted
  • Optional toppings: lettuce tomato, onion, pickles, mayonnaise
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Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Mix well using your hands until the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the meat.
  • Divide the meat mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a thin patty, about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Place about 2 tablespoons of crumbled bacon and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese in the center of each of 4 patties. Top with the remaining 4 patties and seal the edges tightly to enclose the bacon and cheese. Gently press the patties to flatten them slightly.
  • Preheat a grill or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the burgers for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach the desired level of
  • doneness. The internal temperature of the burgers should reach 160°F.
  • During the last minute of cooking, place the split hamburger buns cut-side down on the grill or skillet to toast lightly.
  • Assemble the burgers by placing each patty on a toasted bun and adding your desired toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mayonnaise.

Recipe Notes

– For the juiciest and most flavorful burgers, use ground beef with a higher fat content, such as 80/20 or 85/15.
– Avoid over mixing, as this can lead to tough burgers.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 806kcal, Carbohydrates 27g, Protein 46g, Fat 55g, Saturated Fat 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 23g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 156mg, Sodium 1323mg, Potassium 626mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 76IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 214mg, Iron 5mg

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  1. Kasey Harris says:

    5 stars
    I loved the melty cheese center!