Memorial Day is the “unofficial” beginning of summer in the US and is a major “grilling” holiday. Your favorite feline foodie (that would be me) will be posting a few grilling recipes (between now and the big holiday) that include cheese (but…of course). Recipes The Lady and The Man use from time-to-time.
The first is a nice twist on “The All-American Cheeseburger”…The Lady adds her “everyday” blue cheese/gorgonzola…Black River Gorgonzola. Rather than stuffing the burger with the cheese, she adds the crumbles to the meat.
- 3 pounds lean ground beef (do not use extra lean – you need the fat to keep the burgers moist). The Lady prefers Angus Beef
- 6 ounces Black River Gorgonzola, crumbled
- ¼ cup minced fresh chives
- ¼ cup minced fresh onions (The Lady prefers Vidalia or seasonal sweet onions such as Walla Walla or Maui Wowie, etc.)
- ½ teaspoon Tapatio pepper sauce (use the hot sauce of your choice – this is the one The Lady prefers)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (or as The Man likes to say, “What’s this here sauce?” He thinks he’s so funny…)
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper (If you’ve got the cajones, try Habanera-flavored salt. The Lady uses it but The Man does not…)
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional – depending on how spicy you like your meat)
- 12 hamburger buns – The Lady prefers Oroweat Whole Wheat
- Mayo or Salad Dressing
- Sliced Onions
- Sliced Tomatoes (Homegrown Beefsteak preferred around here)
- Dill Pickles
- Lettuce, Arugula, Other Greens
- In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, blue cheese, chives, onion, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, salt, chili flakes and mustard. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The Lady usually does this the night before and puts in the fridge overnight.
- Oil the grill grate. Set aside until ready to grill.
- Preheat grill for high heat.
- Gently form the burger mixture into about 12 patties.
- Grill patties 5 minutes per side, or until well done.
- Serve on rolls with condiments.