Spanish Burger

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by gailanng

The Spanish eat many types of meatballs and this is really a big meatball stuffed with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.

Top Review by seth.cleancutkid

Ain't nothing Spanish about this bad boy. Minnesotans have been putting cheese inside a fried burger for decades, and have branched out from there. It's a Jucy Lucy, and if you've never been to Matt's in South Minneapolis you're doing it wrong.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs ground chuck
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 manchego cheese, cubes cut 1x1/2x1/2-inch each
  • 4 slices serrano ham (can sub prosciutto)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat grill on high heat.
  2. Lay out ground chuck in a single layer and season well with salt and pepper. Divide chuck into four portions.
  3. Wrap each piece of Manchego in a 4-inch square piece of ham. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add each ham-and-cheese bundle and fry, turning, until ham is crisped and cheese is beginning to melt. Allow to cool slightly, fold meat around each bundle to form hamburgers about 1 inch thick.
  4. Grill burgers for about 4 to 5 minutes a side or until just cooked through.

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