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Blue Cheese Burger Recipe

Take Your Next Burger From Roadside to Bistro

Cheddar has nothing on a good blue cheese burger. The funky flavor and saltiness of blue cheese shines but does not overpower the beef, and it's enough to elevate the roadside burger to a bona fide bistro burger. Even if you're blue cheese adverse, it truly is all about the cheese choice. Using a high-quality blue cheese, like the tart, creamy Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese, may make you change your mind. I made these for a friend who claims that she's anti-blue cheese, and she practically inhaled her burger before I plated mine.

Blue Cheese Burgers

Blue Cheese Burgers

Blue Cheese Burgers

Ingredients

  1. For aioli:
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  5. Pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. Salt, to taste
  1. For burgers:
  2. 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons high-heat oil, like canola
  7. 12 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  8. 4 pretzel buns, split in half
  9. 1 red onion, cut in 1/4-inch slices
  10. 1 beefsteak tomato, cut in 1/4-inch slices
  11. 4 ounces arugula

Directions

  1. To make aioli: In a medium bowl, whisk mayonnaise, then gradually whisk in olive oil, followed by lemon juice. Season with cayenne. Using the flat side of a chef's knife, mash garlic clove into a paste with a generous pinch of salt. Whisk garlic paste into aioli. Set aside and refrigerate for later use.
  2. To make burgers: Light a grill or place a grill pan on the stove over high heat. In a medium bowl, combine beef, 1 tablespoon garlic, salt, and pepper, and mix gently but thoroughly. Divide and form into 4 equal-sized patties. Brush burgers with 1 tablespoon of oil, then place the burgers on the grill and cook, flipping once, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Two minutes before serving, place blue cheese crumbles on top of burgers; brush cut sides of hamburger buns with remaining oil and grill until toasted. Transfer burgers to a platter and let stand for a few minutes.
  3. To assemble burgers: Spread a thin layer of aioli on insides of buns. Set burgers on buns and top with onion, tomato, and arugula.

Serves 4.

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