The Kickoff Burger (Burger of the Month, September 2021)

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A gooey, cheesy, stuffed burger featuring all your favorite game day flavors: jalapeno, cheddar, bacon, beer, and onion rings.

A burger stuffed with jalapeno bacon cheddar beer cheese, topped with cheddar and an onion ring

September has never been my favorite month. With it comes back to school and the end of summer. Not very fun things. However, the saving grace of September is the start of the football season. 

Nicole and I figured there’s no better way to celebrate week 1 of the NFL season than with a cold beer, a side of buffalo wings, and September’s Burger of the Month: The Kickoff Burger.

The Kickoff Burger features a classic burger stuffed with a jalapeno bacon beer cheese, topped with cheddar cheese, a crispy onion ring, and Sir Kensington’s Special Sauce all put together on a potato bun. 

The star of the show is the rich, gooey, beer cheese that comes through in every single bite. 

A burger stuffed with jalapeno bacon cheddar beer cheese, topped with cheddar and an onion ring
Making these stuffed burger patties was super easy using our Cuisinart Stuffed Burger Press. Here’s how we did it:
  1. After making your burger meat, split it into even amounts as usual. We like to aim for third-pound burger patties.
  2. Place approximately two thirds of the meat for one patty in the press, and use the small press to create your pocket for stuffing.
  3. Scoop the cheese, or other stuffing, into the pocket you just created.
  4. Take the remaining third of the meat, flatten it to approximately the diameter of the press to create your patty lid.
  5. Place the lid into the press, covering the stuffing, and use the regular press to seal your patty.

Once your patties are made, cook them how you normally would. However, when stuffing the burger with something cold, such as a beer cheese, it is best to cook the patties a little longer than normal to ensure the middle is heated through and fully cooked.

Even though a stuffed burger takes a little more time and effort, it doesn’t have to be hard, and we can assure you that it is well worth it. A stuffed patty is a great way to mix up any burger recipe and the only limit to the stuffing is your imagination. 

The Kickoff Burger is the perfect meal for a tailgate, a football party, or to just treat yourself for a special game. And just as intended, it pairs perfectly with some spicy buffalo wings (psst keep an eye out for our Buffalo Wing recipe coming soon!) and a cold local beer such as one of our new favorites, the Blonde Ale from MadeWest Brewing Company

We hope that you try our stuffed Kickoff Burger and enjoy this football season! Cheers!

A stuffed burger, buffalo wings, and a beer

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A burger stuffed with jalapeno bacon cheddar beer cheese, topped with cheddar and an onion ring

The Kickoff Burger

A gooey, cheesy, stuffed burger featuring all your favorite game day flavors: jalapeno, cheddar, bacon, beer, and onion rings.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 burgers
Calories 728 kcal



The Patties

The Buns

  • 2 potato buns

The Jalapeno Bacon Beer Cheese

  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup beer
  • 2 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices cooked bacon chopped
  • ½ jalapeno diced
  • Salt to taste

The Toppings


How To Assemble The Kickoff Burger

  • Prepare the Jalapeno Bacon Beer Cheese first, then let it cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the burger meat, following steps 1 to 2 of our Classic Burger Patties recipe. When forming the patties, stuff each patty with about 2 tablespoons of the cooled Jalapeno Bacon Beer Cheese.
  • Grill the burger patties according to your preferred method, until desired doneness, topping with sliced cheddar cheese about halfway through cooking. Since these burgers are stuffed with cold cheese, we recommend cooking for a few extra minutes than you normally would.
  • Spread about 1 teaspoon of Sir Kensington's Special Sauce on the inside of each bun.
  • Transfer cooked patties to buns and top each with a crispy onion ring.
  • Serve hot with your favorite side, a cold beer, and enjoy!

Jalapeno Bacon Beer Cheese Filling

  • Shred the 2 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese with a cheese grater and set aside.
  • Melt the cream cheese in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Slowly add the beer, stirring or whisking constantly until fully incorporated.
  • Add the shredded cheese a little at a time, whisking constantly to combine, until fully melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the chopped bacon, diced jalapeno, and salt to taste.
  • Transfer to a bowl and let cool at room temp for about 10 to 15 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before stuffing into burger patties.


Classic Burger Patties: This is our original burger recipe. We recommend using this since you’ll need to make the burger patties from scratch in order to stuff them.
Beer: We recommend using a lighter beer for making the cheese filling. For this burger, we used some of the MadeWest Standard Blonde Ale we ended up drinking with our meal!
Onion rings: If you have an air fryer, it’s the best way to get perfectly crispy onion rings for topping burgers with. We cook them at about 400 degrees for 8-ish minutes.
Jalapeno Bacon Beer Cheese Filling: You will end up with extra cheese after stuffing the burgers… it tastes delicious with some tortilla chips or fries if you’re looking for a way to use it up!
Stuffing the patties: Our Cuisinart stuffed burger press makes it super easy to stuff patties with anything you want!
Grilling the patties: You can find directions for different methods of cooking our Classic Burger Patty here. We use our trusty cast iron grill pan and they turn out perfect every time!
Serving suggestions: The Kickoff Burger deserves the best game day side dish – crispy, spicy buffalo wings! Try our easy recipe here for making perfectly crispy wings in the air fryer.


Calories: 728kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 47gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 855mgPotassium: 446mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 989IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 604mgIron: 5mg
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