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Mac and Cheese Bun Burgers
Enjoy two favorites in one with this Mac and Cheese Burger. The buns are made of breaded, deep-fried mac n cheese that melts in your mouth! Perfect for a party, Game Day or just because.
Servings: 6 servings
Mac and Cheese Buns
- 1 pound elbow pasta 455 grams
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups bread crumbs
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or 3 beef patties
- 3 slices tomato optional
- lettuce optional
Mac and Cheese Buns
Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
Place the pot on medium-low heat. Add the milk, garlic powder and cheddar cheese, stirring until creamy. Remove from heat to cool and thicken for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment. Place a 4-inch circular cookie (bun size) on top and spoon cooled mac and cheese into to 1-inch thickness. Lift off the cookie cutter and repeat for 5 more pieces. Place the baking sheet into the freezer for at least 2 hours to harden.
Add 2 inches of oil to a pot or deep fryer and heat to 325°F. Line a large plate with paper towel and set aside.
Set up three shallow bowls with flour, egg and breadcrumbs. Dredge one piece of mac and cheese first in flour, then egg and finally breadcrumbs. Using tongs, place the breaded mad and cheese into the hot oil.
Fry for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown before removing to the paper towel lined plate. Repeat for the remaining pieces of mac and cheese.
Season the ground beef with salt and pepper and form into patties. Place a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and fry the burgers to your desired doneness, about 2-4 minutes per side.
Place each burger between two mac and cheese buns. Garnish with optional tomato slices, onions and condiments. Serve immediately.
- Mac and Cheese: You can use boxed mac and cheese to save time. You'll still need to form it into buns and freeze before breading and deep frying.
- Hamburgers: You can use frozen patties instead of making homemade burgers if you prefer.
Serving: 0.5burger | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3.6mg