Thursday, June 2, 2011

Blue Cheeseburgers

As I mentioned in my last post, to me Memorial Day and the beginning of summer should always be commemorated with the grilling of burgers. Robert and I did just that this past Monday as we celebrated with 2 other couples and enjoyed the back patio on one of our last days of housesitting.

While we could have easily made your normal burger patties and topped them with an array of cheeses and condiments, I decided to get a little fancy instead. One of my favorite burger joints in Dallas, Twisted Root Burger Co., has a burger on their menu that is topped with a big dollop of blue cheese. It always looks so delicious, but the thought of the mess that would inevitably ensue the moment that blue cheese was squeezed out by the bun always dissuaded me from ordering it.

To avoid the mess I decided to incorporate crumbled blue cheese into the patties themselves rather than topping them with a softer blue cheese variety. The melted cheese and the minced onions provided a nice juiciness that can sometimes be missing when using the leaner ground beef. I think these burgers would be excellent served on Suzie's homemade hamburger buns along with your favorite combination of condiments and veggies. Next time your planning a cookout with burgers, consider adding this recipe to your menu, you'll be glad you did!

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Blue Cheeseburgers
2 pounds ground sirloin
1/2 medium sweet yellow onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

Place the 2 pounds of ground sirloin in a large mixing bowl.
Add the minced onion,
Minced garlic,
Blue cheese,
And salt and pepper.
Mix with your hands until everything is evenly incorporated throughout.
Divide the mixture into 6 equally sized patties roughly the size of your palm and relatively thin, about 1/2-1/4 inch thick.
Heat the grill to medium high heat and place the patties on the grill. Cook for 5 minutes then flip.
Cook for an additional 5 minutes for medium, it will take longer for medium-well and well done.
Remove from the grill and enjoy!

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