Mac & Cheese Burger

The mac and cheese burger - topped with bacon and jalapeño mac & cheese!

The Mac and Cheese Burger proves that mac & cheese isn’t just for kids!

It may seem weird to top a burger with pasta shells, but let me tell you why making this burger was a delicious choice…

First off, you might think the noodles on the burger would be extra heavy, but they’re actually a good contrast with the burger. And the extra cheesiness helps out.

The mac and cheese burger - topped with bacon and jalapeño mac & cheese!

Have you ever had ‘gourmet mac and cheese’ that’s at a handful of restaurants? That’s the effect we’re going for with this mac and cheese burger. To start off we’re upgrading from the standard powdered mac to the creamier Velveeta Shells & Cheese.

Next we’re spicing it up with some diced jalapenos that give it a nice kick. Finally, we’re adding some bacon because why not make this even more delicious?

You could also take a look around for gourmet mac & cheese recipes and get some additional ideas like adding ham, peas, broccoli, mushrooms. Or make your own noodles and mix up the cheese options.

The mac and cheese burger - topped with bacon and jalapeño mac & cheese!

mac & cheese burger

Mac and Cheese Burger

Step by step guide to making a Mac and Cheese Burger. This recipe proves that mac & cheese isn't just for kids, check it out!
Servings 4


  • 2 Lbs Ground Chuck Beef 80% lean / 20% fat
  • 4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Box Velveeta Shells & Cheese or make your own
  • 1 Jalapeno diced
  • 8 Pieces Bacon
  • 4 Hamburger Buns


  • Dice jalapeno and set aside.
  • Begin cooking bacon. You can put it in a pan, in the oven for about 15min at 400 degrees.
  • Get your grill/pan/etc hot & begin boiling water.
  • Mix salt, and pepper with the meat. Flatten into patties that are about 1/2 inch larger than the buns.
  • Put a thumbprint in the middle of the patty so it doesn’t puff up when cooking.
  • Put noodles in boiling water.
  • Grill your burgers about 4min on the first side.
  • Flip burgers & cook until you reach the correct temp (140F for medium), usually about 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Once mac is ready, mix with cheese and diced jalapenos.
  • Stack up burger, bacon, mac & cheese and enjoy!

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