Bacon-Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers


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Bacon-Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers
These loaded burgers are one hearty meal in a bun.
MAKES: 4 servings

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup bacon bits
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 romaine leaves
1 medium tomato, sliced

Shape beef into eight thin patties. Combine the cream cheese, blue cheese and bacon bits; spoon onto the center of four patties. Top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal. Combine the salt, garlic powder and pepper; sprinkle over patties.
Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms in oil until tender. Stir in water and mustard.
Serve burgers on buns with mayonnaise, romaine, tomato and mushroom mixture. Yield: 4 servings.