I love cheeseburgers. I love burgers of all kinds really. I’m exploring different flavors with my burgers now that I can’t eat cheese, and while I have had some amazing burgers, I still crave something extra. I want a little something different and completely rethinking how a burger is constructed delivered exactly what I wanted.
A while back I shared my Macaroni And Cheese Stuffed Waffles. We originally made the Mac And Cheese Waffles on vacation at the beach in Oceanside, California, and about halfway through the vacation, we had so much food leftover from already cooked meals, and so much food left to cook, that we started experimenting with the waffle iron. We figured that if we could stuff a waffle with macaroni and cheese, then we could probably stuff it with other things — like chopped up leftover burgers.
Stuffed Burger Waffles. Genius. We would use up the leftover burger patties, add a ton of barbecue sauce, and make something totally new and delicious.
Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffles were everything we hoped they would be and more.
I made one Cheeseburger Waffle and one Burger Waffle and both were gone in minutes. Not only are the waffles totally, amazingly delicious, but they are easy to make and they don’t make a giant mess in the waffle iron because the filling is trapped inside the dough.
Now, while on vacation, we used leftover burger patties to avoid food waste. But later, we made them again at home so I could photograph the waffles and share the recipe on the blog — and we made the burger meat from scratch without the grill and with basically no mess.
Making Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffles
Before you can make Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffles, you need to make the burger meat. I cooked one pound of ground turkey in a skillet — yes, a large skillet. I make my waffle burger meat kind of like I make taco meat. I put the ground turkey in the skillet with about a half cup water and break the turkey meat up as much as possible, until there aren’t any large pieces.
When the turkey meat is about halfway done cooking, I added a half cup of barbecue sauce and a little salt and pepper, mixed it together, and finished cooking the turkey meat.
While the turkey meat was cooking I preheated the waffle iron and prepped the crescent roll dough sheets, rolling them out on the counter, and cutting them up into smaller circles using a cookie cutter. I was able to get six dough circles (enough for three waffles) from each tube of crescent roll dough. You could also re-roll out the leftover dough pieces to get two more dough circles if you want.
Once the waffle iron is ready, place a crescent dough circle on the waffle wells, pile on a large scoop of burger meat, add a generous amount of shredded cheese, top with a second crescent roll dough circle, and close the waffle iron lid. In my 2-waffle round waffle iron, I can cook one waffle on each side. In my 4-waffle square waffle iron, I can cook two waffles side by side.
I cook the waffles until the crescent roll dough turns a dark golden brown. To serve, I top them with more shredded cheese and barbecue sauce — and I add a little chopped tomato to make myself feel a bit better about what I am about to eat. That counts as vegetables right?!
Then, if you love these waffles as much as we do, try my Stuffed Taco Waffles, Stuffed Macaroni And Cheese Waffles, and Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Waffles, and if you want something sweet, try my Stuffed Nutella Waffles, Stuffed Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Waffles, and Stuffed Apple Pie Waffles.
Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffles
Cheeseburgers inside waffles for dinner? Nothing about this is bad.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tubes crescent roll dough sheets
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tomato, diced
- Barbecue sauce
- Preheat the waffle iron on medium heat. Put the ground turkey in a large skillet with 1/2 cup water over medium-high heat and break the turkey meat up until there aren't any large pieces.
- Add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and a little salt and pepper. Mix it together and finish cooking the turkey meat.
- While the turkey meat cooks, prep the crescent roll dough sheets. Roll the dough out and using a large round cookie cutter, cut each dough sheet into six individual circles.
- Place one crescent dough circle on the waffle wells, pile on a large scoop of burger meat, add a generous amount of shredded cheese, top with a second crescent roll dough circle, and close the waffle iron lid.
- Cook waffles until the crescent roll dough turns a dark golden brown. To serve, top the Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffles with shredded cheese, barbecue sauce, and some diced tomatoes.
Makes about 6 waffles.