I rarely eat beef, let alone burgers. But when I do cook a burger, I want it to be packed full of flavor. Actually, I should correct myself, my husband was the one actually standing by the grill cooking the burgers. Now that we have access to a grill, he was really itching to do some grilling, haha. I just created the concept for dinner, did all the prep work, sauteed the zucchini/summer squash that we ate the burgers with, and the plating. Figuring out how to stuff a burger with cheese took a little bit of finagling at first, but I figured it out. It turns out the easiest way to to stuff burgers that I found is to make two super thin patties and sandwich them together with the stuffing in between. It worked great!
1 lb. ground beef or turkey (for four 1/4 lb. burgers)
2-3 tbs. chili powder
1/2 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
1. Mix chili powder and salt/pepper into the ground meat. Shape meat into 8 very thin patties.
2. Spoon about 2 tbs. bleu cheese onto the center of 4 patties (leave some space near the edges), and place another pattie on top to make a “sandwich”
3. Very carefully pinch the edges closed, well enough that the burger will stay together when grilling.
4. Grill til burgers are fully cooked. Ground meat has a high surface area throughout, so to be safe you should not eat ground meat when it is still “pink”. Since these burgers are a bit hard to test, I suggest making a small mini burger (no cheese) of the same thickness and cooking it on the grill too. Then you can use this one to cut into it to test how done they are.
5. Serve however you like your burgers! I suggest a little bit of BBQ sauce instead of ketchup to balance the bleu cheese. My husband and mom ate theirs without a bun, but since my dad and I have no bread issues, we got these great rolls that I slathered garlic butter on and then had tossed on the grill. It was like a garlic bread bun, it was awesome!
Photography note – we cooked these after it was dark, so I had no natural light available. Taking photos in artificial light is very hard to do! I suggest keeping your food as far away from direct light as possible, and trying to position yourself to minimize the shadows. I am still not 100% pleased with this picture because everything still looks very “shiny”, but it was the best that I got.