I came up with the idea for these several years ago. They are filling and super versatile; simply vary the cheese and toppings however you want. Try them tonight!
BACON CHEESEBURGER TWICE-BAKED POTATOES
3-4 medium baking potatoes
1 pound ground beef (you could also use ground turkey)
Salt and pepper
Grill seasoning (I like Montreal Grill Seasoning)
2-3 tablespoons butter
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese (I like extra-sharp)
Toppings: diced raw onion, shredded lettuce, diced dill pickle, diced tomato
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean the potatoes well and rub the skins with a little olive oil. Put them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until they are tender when pricked with a fork; it will take an hour to an hour and a half depending on the size of the potatoes. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool. When they are cool enough to handle, cut them in half and gently scoop out the potato flesh into a large bowl, making sure to leave the skins intact. I find that if I leave a small amount of potato in the skin, it helps it hold its shape.
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until crumbled and browned all the way through, about 10 minutes. While cooking the beef, season it to taste with salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and grill seasoning.
Add the butter and a splash of milk to the potatoes and mash with a potato masher. Mix in the ground beef, 1 cup of cheese, about half of the crumbled bacon, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the potato mixture back into the potato skins and top with the remaining cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, until heated through. Top the potatoes with remaining bacon and desired toppings.
NOTE: You could do so many different things with these. For a spin on a mushroom Swiss burger, use Swiss cheese and add sautéed mushrooms to the toppings. If you like Tex-Mex burgers try Pepper Jack cheese and include guacamole and jalapenos in your toppings. Get creative!
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