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Hatch Chile Gruyere Burgers with Bacon and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Labor Day is meant for hanging out with friends and family, relaxing, and sharing great food. Hatch Chile Gruyere Burgers with Bacon are quick, easy and delicious and Crab Stuffed Portabello mushrooms are amazing. Best of all they can be put together early and quickly cooked without ever leaving your guests.

Sideview of a burger stuffed with hatch chile and Gruyere layered with lettuce, tomato, a hatch chile, and bacon secured with a bamboo skewer. A second burger sits in the background.John and I love to eat great food, but we are very picky when we go out. A lot of the time, we will measure a restaurant based on their burger. The problem is we can make better burgers at home, and this Hatch Chile Gruyere Burgers with Bacon is proof!

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 A Hatch Chile Gruyere Burger on a bun cut in half showing how its stuffed with cheese and chile and layered with bacon, tomato, and chile then secured with a bamboo skewer.Labor Day is on its way. We love having friends over for a casual barbecue, but I have learned your guests don’t want you working your butt off while they’re there, so I wanted something that I could make up ahead of time and cook quickly on the grill while socializing.

Sideview of a burger stuffed with hatch chile and Gruyere layered with lettuce, tomato, a hatch chile, and bacon with the top of the toasted bun sitting next to it. A second burger sits in the background next to fresh tomatoes.This time of year is all about the Hatch chile in my book. Unlike other chilies, they are only available for a short time. I loved the Gruyere Hatch combination in my Hatch Chile Bacon Mac and Cheese, so knew Hatch Chile Gruyere burgers with Bacon would be delicious. That’s an understatement,  it’s a “blow your mind” amazing burger!

I made these burgers three different ways:

  1. First, charring the Hatch chile, removing the skin, dicing and adding them into the ground beef.
  2. Secondly, stuffing a slice of raw Hatch chile into the center with the Gruyere before grilling.
  3. The WINNER! Grill a slice of Hatch chile and added it to the top of the burger.

Sideview close-up of a burger stuffed with hatch chile and Gruyere layered with lettuce, tomato, a hatch chile, and bacon secured with a bamboo skewer. A second burger sits in the background.When I grilled the burgers using the first method, we couldn’t detect enough flavor even though I used a 1/2 cup in with the beef. The second method, while good, the chile remained pretty al dente. The third method, and also the easiest, has it all, great flavor and texture.[Tweet “#ad Hatch Chile Gruyere Burgers with Bacon are perfect for Labor Day! @shopfamilyfare #FamilyFareOmaha #burger #LaborDay”]

Crab stuffed portabello mushroom cut in half with more stuffed mushrooms sitting in the back over a red checked napkin.In addition to the burgers, I found some Dill Havarti at Family Fare. I haven’t been able to find it at other stores for quite some time, and it’s my favorite cheese to stuff portobello mushrooms with. The mushrooms, crab, cheese, and Panko make this appetizer perfect. They can be made ahead and then cooked in 10 minutes when you’re ready!

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Hatch Chile Gruyere Burgers with Bacon and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Labor Day is meant for hanging out with friends and family, relaxing, and sharing great food. Hatch Chile Gruyere Burgers with Bacon are perfect.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6 people
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

Hatch Gruyere Burgers with Bacon

  • 1 pound ground beef I used 85% lean
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 Hatch chilies seeded
  • 1 block Gruyere Cheese 8 slices 1/4" thick
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 10-12 strips of bacon cooked
  • 5-6 hamburger buns
  • Olive oil

Crab & Havarti Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  • 3-4 medium to large Portobello mushroom caps
  • 1 block of Havarti with dill cheese
  • 1 6 oz can of crab meat completely drained (I used Bumble Bee Fancy White)
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Olive oil

Instructions

Hatch Gruyere Burgers with Bacon

  • Combine the ground beef, onion, salt, and pepper together and form 5 to 6 balls. Split each ball in half and form a 4" patty by pressing each half onto a piece of waxed paper. Put two slices of Gruyere cheese onto the center of one-half. Place the patties together with the cheese in the middle, and press together to form one patty.
  • Slice the chilies to fit the burger. Drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Butter the inside each half of the hamburger buns set aside.
  • Grill each burger to preferred doneness. Grill chilies until just slightly soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Grill buns until toasted.
  • Assemble by putting the burger on the bun, topped with tomato, chili, and bacon.

Crab & Havarti Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  • Preheat the broiler of an oven.
  • Wipe any debris from the mushroom, and using a spoon, remove the stem and gills from the caps.
  • Brush the outside of the cap with olive oil and fill each with crab meat. Top with thinly sliced Havarti with Dill cheese. Sprinkle top with Panko crumbs.
  • Place 6 to 10 inches under a broiler. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Watch carefully. Mushrooms are done when Panko is a golden brown.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1144mg | Potassium: 610mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 25.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.3mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Family Fares Supermarkets banner.I was able to get all of my ingredients for these two recipes at my Family Fare Supermarket. That’s something I really appreciate. Who has time to store hop? Thumbing through their ads, I was able to get some ingredients on sale. They actually had 161 organic produce items available on the day I visited! In addition to the ads, you can get their coupons before you visit here, and make sure to sign up for the Family Fare YES card for even more savings. We can’t go out for what my groceries cost, and these recipes are just as good (better) than what I could get at a restaurant.

I want to thank my friends over at Family Fare Supermarkets for allowing me to share their great ingredients!

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Sideview of a burger stuffed with hatch chile and Gruyere layered with lettuce, tomato, a hatch chile, and bacon secured with a bamboo skewer. A second burger sits in the background.
A side view of a portobello mushroom that is stuffed with crab and topped with toasted breadcrumbs sitting on a red checked napkin. Stuffed mushrooms sit in the background.

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Sally T

Saturday 30th of May 2020

A coworker gave me some hatch chillies from her family in New Mexico. I can't wait!

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Jennifer A Stewart

Friday 9th of September 2016

I love burgers for Labor Day. Something seems so American about standing by the grill and having friends over. These hatch chilies, which I can never find in my area BTW, look so good and add such a wow factor to the burgers. And that bit of cheese in the middle?!?! YES!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 10th of September 2016

Thank you Jennifer! You could easily use an Anaheim pepper too. That cheese in the middle added so much flavor too.

Shari

Thursday 8th of September 2016

I love chilies on my hamburgers, but I have never used Hatch chilies before. I also love gruyere cheese so I know this would be a great burger for me. I think I could eat hamburgers every day. Especially if it was one of these! I like the mushroom appetizer, too, Julie! Your guests were very lucky.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 8th of September 2016

Thank you Shari! I would have thought you would have had hatch chilis coming out of your ears. They can only be called hatch chilis if they're from Hatch New Mexico.