Ever get home from work, open the fridge, see a bunch of random ingredients, and think to yourself: “Ugh, I just want something fast, easy, and comfortable?” Well, that’s what happened the other night. We saw ground meatloaf mix (veal, pork, and beef), basil, hot sauce and the smallest little sliver of some high-quality blue cheese.
“Hmmm… Should we have blue cheese stuffed burgers tonight?” Oh, hell yes.
DISCLAIMER: We choose to make 2 giant burgers, when we probably should have made 4 small ones. Our burgers were huge. So big, in fact, that even with out a side dish (salad, french fries, or otherwise,) we had a tough time finishing each portion. Just sayin’.
What You’ll Need (2 giant burgers):
- 1/4-1/2 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 1″ x 2″ rectangle of blue cheese (cut about a centimeter wide)/burger
- 1 package meatloaf mix: veal, pork, and beef
- 1 handful of fresh basil
- hamburger rolls
- hot sauce
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
- oil (olive, canola, or vegetable)
- non-stick spray
- small frying pan
- mixing bowl
- grill pan or large frying pan
Finely chop the garlic clove. Heat up some oil in a small pan and cook the garlic on low/med heat until golden brown. Mix it into the meatloaf mix with 1 egg and finely chopped basil. Make sure everything is incorporated evenly.
Cut the blue cheese into rectangles about 1″ x 2″. (About 1 tablespoon of cheese per burger.)
For 2 large burgers, divide the meat mixture into 4 even patties. Roll each patty in your hands as if you were making meatballs. Using your thumbs, create a small dent in the middle of one patty, put the blue cheese in, and cover it with another patty. Continue to roll the meat in your hands, making sure that they are sturdy enough to withhold cooking. We don’t want them falling apart in the pan. Continue with the remainder of the meat mixture.
Heat up your grill pan on medium heat, and coat with a non-stick spray. When the pan is hot, place burgers onto the grill. Use your judgement and keep an eye on them. We cooked our burgers on low- med/low heat for about 10 minutes on each side. The larger they are, the longer they take to cook.
We suggest topping your blue cheese stuffed burgers with grilled onions, crunchy raw spinach, and fresh tomato. We also made a spicy mayo sauce: just mix equal parts mayonnaise and hot sauce.