Cheeseburger Wellington


A budget-friendly version of Beef Wellington with a bacon cheeseburger twist that will impress your guests.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins

Cheeseburger Wellington – Less is More, More or Less

This gorgeous, budget-friendly version of Beef Wellington is sure to impress your guests, both visually and flavor-wise. Just please don't tell them how easy it was, since we chefs like it when people think these kinds of things are complex, and require a high level of skill. In fact, this might be easier than making an actual bacon cheeseburger. Which reminds me…this isn't as good as an actual bacon cheeseburger.

I know that seems like a strange thing to write in a post hyping Cheeseburger Wellington, but it's true. One reason I hesitated filming classic beef Wellington for so long, was my contention that there are so many better ways to enjoy beef tenderloin, but that not what a preparation like this is about. It's about putting on a show. And while a proper bacon cheeseburger is an amazing thing to eat, it's not a show.

However, if we take the same ingredients, wrap them in French pastry, and scratch a fancy design on top, we'll have people oohing and ahhing, while they trip over each other to post a picture online. Hopefully, those pictures show a nice pink center once cut, which you can insure with an internal temp to 135 F. in the center of the meat. If you have to practice a few times to dial that in, so be it. That's another advantage of using cheap ground beef instead of very expensive filet mignon. But, whether you practice or not, I really hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!


  • 6 ounces frozen puff pastry

  • 1 slice bacon, cut in half

  • 8 ounces ground beef

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • cayenne pepper to taste

  • ½ ounce sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 large egg


  1. Place bacon in a large cold skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Drain bacon fat and wipe the pan, but do not clean completely.

  2. Shape ground beef into a patty that is about 1 inch thick by 4 1/4 inches in diameter. Season well with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Sear seasoned burger on high in the skillet for 2 minutes per side. Move the burger to a plate and transfer into a refrigerator to cool.

  3. Remove a sheet of puff pastry from the freezer (I used 1/2 package of Dufour Puff Pastry). Roll the pastry to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out a 5 1/4 to 5 1/2 inch round circle of dough for the bottom. Cut out a 7 1/4 to 7 1/2-inch round circle of dough for the top. Place the dough on a sheet pan, and put in the freezer until firm.

  4. Cut a small hole into the middle of the top piece (to function as a vent), and lightly score the surface of the pastry with the tip of a knife, but do not cut all the way through. Place the top piece in the fridge to keep cold.

  5. Take the bottom pastry on the pan from the freezer and top with burger, bacon, and cheese. Beat egg with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl and brush the edges with the egg wash. Place the top pastry piece over the fillings. As dough warms and softens, press the top edges into the bottom piece edges and seal tightly. The bottom edge of dough can be rolled up and over top of the pastry to finish the seal. Place in the fridge until well chilled, about 20 minutes.

  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  7. Crimp the edge of the pastry with a fork, and egg wash the top surface.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until nicely browned, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

    Cheeseburger wellington in puff pastry
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

935 Calories
72g Fat
39g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 935
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 72g 93%
Saturated Fat 24g 122%
Cholesterol 204mg 68%
Sodium 460mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 31g
Potassium 374mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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