I am currently babysitting my sister’s cat while she is away on vacation. She told me that I could eat anything in the refrigerator. I took her up on that because I usually like what I find in there.
This time the selection of ingredients was meager but good enough to make a delicious dinner: blue cheese, organic ground beef, semi-wilted lettuce, an heirloom tomato, fresh herbs and random condiments. I have never had a blue cheese burger so I thought, “Yay, experiment time!” This is how I made it.
1 lb ground beef
1 handful fresh parsley
1 handful fresh cilantro
3/4 brown onion (1/2 slivered, 1/4 chopped)
1 tsp granulated garlic
fresh cracked rainbow peppercorns
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp season all
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
tomato, romaine lettuce, caramelized onions, mayo
Chop 1/4 of the onion, parsley and cilantro- put in a big bowl. Add the beef and the rest of the ingredients, minus the blue cheese. Mix/work with your hands until all the ingredients are well combined. Divide the beef mixture and form 6 patties. In 3 of the patties, carefully place enough blue cheese to fill the center. (I apologize for the blurry photo- it was taken with my new phone!)
While I was making the burgers, Biscuit Baby came and kept me company. I enlisted her as my sous chef because she is a carnivore, aka meat expert.
Heat a bit of oil in a medium skilled. Saute the slivered onions until they are translucent. Set aside. Cook the burgers on medium high for 4 minutes each side. This will produce a medium-well burger. If you like yours more raw, cut down the cook time…But don’t cut it down too much because ground beef is known to contain a lot of fecal coliforms (pathogenic bacteria found in poop-this is what I learned in microbiology). Do not press the burgers down with your spatula because it will cause the juices and cheese to come out. Once they are cooked, place the patties on the buns and top with tomato, lettuce, caramelized onion and mayo.
Look at that cheese ooze! Yummy. I put a bed of romaine under the burger so that I could munch on it as I ate the burger. If a particular bite has too much blue cheese, it will help to balance out the flavor.
I did find that the blue cheese was overwhelming at times. Next time I’m going to make a blue cheese spread instead so that it will be more evenly distributed and creamier.