Saturday, January 31, 2009

Heaven on a Bun

Sarah's last day eating solid food for a little while. She had her wisdom teeth out this am. Her mom says "You are one tough nugget." Just like gold. Sarah wanted something delicious for her "last" meal. We have made these fantastic burgers a few times and we can't get enough.

Burgers with Blue Cheese

1 1/3lbs ground beef - use ground beef that has a little fat in it (80/20 or 85/15)
1/2 onion chopped fine
2 garlic cloves - minced
1 tsp finely choped cilantro (we used 1 Trader Joe's frozen cube thawed)
1 tsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

We used Neal's Yard Colston Stilton this time. Use the best blue cheese you can for this recipe. It makes all the difference in the world. The last time we made these we used a similar styled cheese from the local farmer's market. Yummy!

Mix the ground beef, onions, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, a dash of salt, and ground pepper in a bowl until you get a consistent mixture. Form the mixture into 4 same sized patties approx 3/4" thick. The burgers will be about 1/3lb each.

Heat your frying pan to medium high and add a drop of olive oil to the pan.

When the pan is hot fry the burgers for about 3 minutes on one side. Flip the burgers and then cook for another 2 minutes. Add crumbled cheese to the burgers, cover and cook for another 2 minutes or so. Remove from the pan when the cheese is melty.

Let the burgers rest for a few minutes to let them really get juicy.

We served ours open-face on one side of a bun.

These burgers do not need any sauce or condiments. They are delicious on their own.


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