Friday, March 18, 2011

Blue Cheese & Balsamic Burgers

We love this restaraunt in Tequesta called Corner Cafe and Brewery. When we go there we get the exact same thing. Every. Time.  The waiter chuckles and says, “Let me guess, Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with sweet potato fries??” As if it’s even a question. Please.

We’ve tried to re-create these burgers at home numerous times without success.  We’ve tried it all – mixing in a TON of balsamic into the hamburger meat – and we STILL couldn’t taste it.  We also tried mixing the blue cheese crumbles into the meat… but it wasn’t concentrated enough and you could hardly tell it was in there. Oiy veh, we became frustrated!

Well, kids, we have finally done it! This burger comes as close as it’s going to get!! The trick is to mound a heap of blue cheese on top of each patty as it’s cooking and then to drizzle additional balsamic vinegar on top of the patty once it’s on your bun (the balsamic soaks into the bun into delicious yumminess)! It’s phenomenal.

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Blue Cheese & Balsamic Burgers

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Beef (we used Bison this time)
Garlic Salt
Black Pepper
Balsamic Vinegar
Blue Cheese

Toppings of Choice:
Mixed Lettuce
Ketchup
Pickles
Tomato & Onion (optional)

Directions:

Preheat grill to medium high heat.

Patty the meat into 3 or 4 burgers (we usually do 3 with 1lb of meat - 1/3 lb each). Splash about 1 tsp of Balsamic Vinegar onto each patty and gently rub it evenly across each patty. Next, liberally sprinkle with garlic salt and black pepper (Don't be shy people!). Flip patties and repeat.

Spray grill with non-stick cooking spray. Place one side down and close lid. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes (until there are nice grill marks on the one side). Gently flip patties with a spatula and turn the heat down to Medium - Medium low (depending on how hot your grill gets). Scoop a small heap of blue cheese crumbles on top of each patty (or a large mound if you REALLY get down with the Blue Cheese like we do!). Close grill lid and allow to cook to desired done-ness. I'm a medium girl - the hubs likes his a little more on the medium-rare side!

Pull the burgers off the grill and allow to rest for just a couple of minutes. I like to prepare my bun while this is going on. I put some lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, and my ketchup on the top half (along w/ pickles & tomatos if I have them - this night I did not have them). Place the burger on top of the lettuce and splash some more balsamic vinegar on top (at least a good tsp - or more!). Put the top bun on top and take a bite of the tastiest burger! Ever.

We heated up some Alexia Sweet Potato fries to go with our burgers (A little tip: cook them for about 15 minutes longer than the bag says - they are SOOO much crunchier {AKA: better!}).


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4 Responses to “Blue Cheese & Balsamic Burgers”

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — March 18, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    These look amazing! Wow! I’ve never been to that restaurant…but love sweet potatoes. I may have to check it out :)

    • Kristina replied: — March 21st, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

      you have to check it out – it’s SO good! :)

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    Nami @ Just One Cookbook — April 5, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    This looks good! Never thought of putting blue cheese on burgers. I LOVE sweet potatoes and I’m sure they will go with this burger. Hmm!

  3. 3

    Lisa — June 14, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    In place of ketchup, reduce the balsamic vinegar to thicken it and spread that on…yummmmmmmy!

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