What a fun way to serve up hamburgers that closely resembles a shepherd’s pie! This recipe is great whether you are doing family night or if you are trying to wow your dinner guests! It is truly one that is simple but looks elaborate! Have you made any yet? No? Then let’s dive into the details of grilled hamburger bowls!
It’s very easy to get caught up in making the biggest and best grilled hamburger bowl, so you must remember that once it is created and grilled…you must eat it! Keep that in mind! My suggestion here is to go a bit smaller in diameter if you are doing individual bowls OR create a big monster that can be split between two people!
Creating the Grilled Hamburger Bowl ~
Season your hamburger liberally with your choice of spices. One of our favorites is Montreal Steak Seasoning. We use this on SO many dishes! Another fantastic option is Blues Hog Bold & Beefy!
Section off the amount of hamburger you wish and roll into a ball. Select a bowl and press it down into the ball of meat. As you can see from the picture, I used more of a “cereal” bowl. I will use a bowl with a flatter bottom the next time! Regardless, you will most likely need to firm up the shape of the hamburger bowl with your hands for final stage.
This is how it should look when you are done shaping ~
Cut a piece of foil about the length of a cookie sheet. Turn it length-wise and do a tri-fold so that you have one long strip that will fit completely around the outside of the bowl. This will help the bowl hold its shape while cooking as well as balance the heat while cooking. (It is also a great idea to have a piece of foil underneath to help with transition to/from the grill later!
Get Those Mushrooms Simmering ~
Rinse a package of sliced mushrooms. Place in skillet on low heat. For extra flavor, pour a can of french onion soup (undiluted) over the top. We absolutely love cooking our mushrooms this way and use them as a side dish or as a topper for many meals. If you want less onion, pour about 1/4 cup of water over the mushrooms and season with more Montreal Steak Seasoning. Cook until softened. While these are simmering, you can get started on the next step.
Prepare The Mashed Potatoes ~
Clean red potatoes and cut into small chunks. Place in boiling water and cook until softened. Blend softened potatoes with a half stick of butter, milk, and salt and pepper to taste. When using red potatoes, I leave the skins on. If using white or Russet potatoes, I would peel them. This obviously is according to your preference.
While the potatoes are boiling, you can start with the next step.
Let’s Get These Hamburger Bowls Stuffed ~
We are ready to fill these babies with all the goods! Start out by filling the bottom with a handful of shredded cheese of your choice. We used Cheddar Jack, but, of course, the sky is the limit here!
Next, add in your assorted veggies. I cut fresh broccoli florets in small pieces. Throw those over the cheese. Top with sliced onions and the cooked mushrooms once done. You can add any veggies you prefer. Some great options are:
- zucchini/squash slices
- carrot bites
- green beans
- white navy beans
Top With Fancy Mashed Potatoes ~
Once the potatoes are cooked and mashed, it is time to add them over the veggie mixture. I love any opportunity to use my Easy Accent Decorator from Pampered Chef! (I’ve included a link here to my favorite consultant, Rose Berg, in case you need a great gal!) This baby is good for so much more than just icing…like this fun recipe, deviled eggs, etc! It comes with 6 fun tips!
Load your decorator up with potatoes and start adding some potato swirled fun to the top of your burger bowl.
Not only is this so satisfying to create but it is so much fun to serve up looking all fancy! Now, I know not everyone has a decorating tool, so you can either create your own by snipping off a small tip from a zip lock baggie or you can just dollop potatoes on with a spoon! Once again, I am all about options!
Let’s Grill! ~
Grill on medium indirect heat for 45 minutes or bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until meat is cooked through.
These are seriously so darn good…add this to your recipe list….it will be sure to quickly become a family favorite!