Cheesy bacon stuffed mushrooms hot off the grill are the ultimate summer appetizer! Easy to make and impossible to resist, these grilled stuffed mushrooms are a guaranteed crowd pleaser!
Grilled mushrooms stuffed with melty cheese, crispy bacon and just the right amount of heat — the perfect addition to your next summer gathering! You can make these cheesy treats in just 30 minutes or prep them a day in advance for an easy make ahead appetizer!
prepping the mushrooms
Button mushrooms and cremini mushrooms (also called baby bellas) are our preferred choice for these grilled stuffed mushrooms.
We generally choose whichever package has a good amount of similar-sized mushrooms. We’re looking for mushrooms that will hold a heaping tablespoon of filling. That being said, a little variety in size is fine — you might just need to take some off the grill a bit earlier than others.
cleaning + removing the stems
When it comes to cleaning the mushrooms, you can either rinse them or use a damp paper towel to rub off any dirt. Using the paper towel method will ensure no excess water absorption, which can help prevent soggy mushrooms. That being said, rinsing the mushrooms is my preferred method as it’s quite a bit easier. Just make sure to thoroughly dry the mushrooms before stuffing.
To remove the stems, I usually just snap them off by hand. You can then use a small knife to cut out any little bits remaining in the cap.
cheesy bacon filling
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bacon: Cooked until just crispy!
- Garlic: Three cloves of minced garlic for an extra bit of flavor.
- Mushroom stems: Discard any tough ends and finely chop the rest. The mushroom stems will add an incredible depth of flavor to the mix!
- Cheese: Cream cheese and cheddar are our cheeses of choice here. Feel free to substitute the cheddar for your favorite shredded cheese.
- Spices: Smoked paprika, cayenne and a pinch of salt give these stuffed mushrooms just a little kick. Make sure you’re using smoked paprika to get maximum flavor and adjust the cayenne to taste.
The filling can be made in just three easy steps:
- Cook the bacon until crispy.
- Saute the chopped mushroom stems and garlic in a bit of rendered bacon fat until tender.
- Mix everything together!
fire up the grill!
To prep the mushrooms for the grill, start by lightly brushing the bottoms of the caps with a bit of olive oil. Then fill each cap with a heaping tablespoon or two of the delicious cheesy bacon filling.
Now get the grill going! Preheat the grill to medium-high (about 375-400F or 190-205C), clean the grates and brush them with oil.
When the grill is hot, place the bacon stuffed mushrooms directly over the flame. Close the lid and cook for about 5-8 minutes depending on the size of your mushrooms. You’ll know they’re done when the cheese is melty and the mushrooms are soft (they’ll squish a bit when grabbing them with tongs). Serve warm and enjoy!
grilled stuffed mushrooms: FAQs
To make this recipe ahead of time, I recommend prepping both the mushrooms and filling up to a day in advance, but only adding the filling on the day of grilling.
Yes! They can be baked at 400F (200C) for 15-20 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese is melty.
Clean the mushrooms using a damp paper towel (as opposed to rinsing or soaking) to avoid taking on any excess water. Additionally, you could pre-bake the mushrooms for 5-10 minutes before adding the stuffing so that they release some of their liquid.
Fore more summer appetizer inspiration, make sure to check out these recipes!
- easy mango pico de gallo
- chunky guacamole
- mexican street corn fritters + chipotle sauce
- smoked deviled eggs
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