Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

Recipe posted in: Lunch/Dinner

These cheeseburgers might be inside-out, but there’s nothing inside-out about their flavor. They’re just as juicy and satisfying as any of your favorite cheeseburgers.

The primary difference between these cheese-stuffed burgers and your typical fast food favorites is that these feature flaxmeal, which is high in cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). If you can only find whole flaxseed at the market, simply grind it into meal using either a spice grinder or a small coffee grinder.

If you enjoyed that tasty recipe, try our Classic Burger Recipe! >

Phase: Weight Maintenance Phase

Servings: 4

Nutrition Information

  • 2 Healthy Fat
  • 0.5 Protein
  • 1 Good Carbohydrates


  • 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup flaxmeal (2 ounces)
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons soft goat cheese, preferably one flavored with herbs or garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 very thin whole-wheat sandwich rolls (1.5 ounces each), split, or 8 slices multigrain bread
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Bibb lettuce (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, flaxmeal, bell pepper, scallions, 2 tablespoons of the goat cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Using your hands, blend well and form into 4 balls. Poke a hole into the center of each ball and stuff each with 1 tablespoon of the remaining goat cheese. Pinch the turkey mixture to seal in the cheese and gently form into 4 patties. Make them as flat as you can (to speed the cooking), taking care not to squeeze the cheese out.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pan with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat to medium, add the patties, and cook until browned on 1 side, about 3 minutes. Turn the patties over and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan, reduce the heat to a high simmer, and cover. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the burgers are cooked all the way through.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly toast the sandwich rolls.
  4. To serve, brush 1 side of each of 4 roll halves with the balsamic vinegar. Top with a burger, a tomato slice, lettuce (if using), and the other roll half.