How to Cook Hamburger Patties With Cheese & Onion in the Middle in the Oven

by Zora Hughes
Indulge in your love of cheese with a cheese-stuffed burger

Indulge in your love of cheese with a cheese-stuffed burger

If you're a serious cheeseburger fan, you may have your favorite type already perfected, such as two slices of cheddar cheese on top, or a variety of sliced cheeses, topped with onions. Whatever your cheese preference, take your burger to the next level by stuffing it with cheese and onions, rather than adding them on top of your burger. Burgers stuffed with cheese and onions ensure that you'll get gooey, cheesy goodness and loads of flavor in every bite. Cooking the stuffed burgers in the oven offers an easy alternative to pan-fried or grilled burgers.

Heat vegetable oil over medium heat in a skillet and add diced onions, sauteing until they start to brown. Remove from the onions from the pan and set aside. For four to six burgers, you shouldn't need more than one onion.

Preheat your oven to between 375 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit and season your ground beef with salt, pepper and any other seasonings you prefer.

Form the ground beef into equal-sized ball, and with your thumb, and press a deep hole into each ball of ground beef. The hole should be halfway deep into the ground beef ball.

Stuff shredded or diced cheese into the hole, along with some of the sauteed onions. You can use any type of cheese you prefer on your burgers. For four to six burgers, you should only need about a 1/2 cup of cheese, divided evenly among the burger patties.

Reshape the ground beef to cover the hole, fully enveloping the cheese in ground beef and flatten each patty to a 3/4-inch thickness.

Place the prepared patties on a broiler pan or a wire rack that sits on a baking tray. This allows the fat to drip away from the burgers, and avoids overly greasy burgers.

Bake in the oven for roughly 15 to 25 minutes, until the patties have an internal temperature of at least 160 F and are cooked to your liking. The time may vary, depending on the thickness of your patties. Serve them hot on burger buns.

Items you will need

  • Skillet
  • Vegetable oil
  • Onions, diced
  • Ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cheese, shredded or cubed
  • Broiler pan
  • Wire rack
  • Baking sheet


  • You do not have to grill your onions before stuffing them into the patties. If you prefer raw onions on your burger, stuff them into the burgers uncooked.
  • You can also broil the patties, by placing them directly under the broiler's heating source in the oven for about three to four minutes on each side. Broiled burgers result in burgers that have a crispier coating as you would see if they had been cooked on a grill.


  • Avoid overstuffing your burgers with cheese to prevent the cheese from oozing out while still in the oven.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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