Quick and easy recipe for enjoying grilled burgers with flavorful melted blue cheese on a toasted bun.
Whether you call it blue cheese or bleu cheese, this cheese has a distinctive sharp and salty flavor that takes an ordinary burger to a new level.
Blue cheese is an acquired taste. Living in Buffalo, we know a thing or two about blue cheese. We are chicken wing eaters here, and every native Buffalonian will tell you the only way to enjoy eating our wings is when they are dipped (actually, drenched) in blue cheese dressing.
Aside from chicken wings and burgers, I also like topping off a good steak with a bit of blue cheese.
Varieties of Blue Cheese
Blue cheese is not one size fits all. There are different types. Here are the most common:
Rather than explain the characteristics of each, I’ll leave that up to the experts. An easy to comprehend guide I came across can be found on Delishably. Check it out if you want to learn more about the different types of blue cheeses.
Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers
Burgers are best enjoyed straight off the grill, don’t you think? If you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate where grilling can be done all year long, I am envious. Maybe that is why I enjoy them so much because I only get a few months to grill, so I have to make the best of it.
crumbled blue cheese
salt & pepper
Begin with your prep work. Finely mince the garlic and the onion, and crumble the blue cheese. You’ll also need to remove the stems from the rosemary and finely mince the leaves.
Clean the grill grates and spray them with non-stick cooking spray. Pre-heat grill to high, and get started on mixing your burger meat.
There are two things you need for super juicy, flavorful grilled burgers – fat and seasonings. For the very best tasting burgers, choose ground meat with higher fat content (80/20) and always pick regular ground beef instead of ground chuck, ground round, or ground sirloin.
Ground beef on its own doesn’t have much flavor, so it is important to add additional seasoning to it. For this recipe, a combination of ground pork, salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, and fresh rosemary are used to pack a lot of flavor into each bite. As an added bonus, the Worcestershire sauce and onion increase the juiciness of the burger without adding extra fat.
In a large bowl, add your ground beef, pork, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, and rosemary. Season with as much salt and black pepper as desired, and mix thoroughly with your hands. Yes, it’s messy but it is the best way to get it properly mixed.
Divide the meat mixture into 8 equal parts and shape each part into ¾-inch thick patties. Use your thumb to create an indent in the middle to keep from puffing up while cooking.
Place patties over direct, high heat on your grill and cook for 8-10 minutes*. Actual cooking time will depend on the desired level of doneness, so check after 4-5 minutes and adjust the final cook time accordingly.
*According to the USDA, the safe internal temperature for ground beef and pork is 160°F. Use an instant-read thermometer to confirm.
To toast the buns, brush the inside surface of each bun with the melted butter and place over indirect heat while the burgers are cooking.
Flip and move burgers to indirect heat 2-3 minutes before they are done. Top with crumbled blue cheese and close the lid to allow the cheese to melt completely.
Transfer the burgers to a platter and serve immediately on toasted hamburger buns with your favorite toppings.
If you like these burgers, I know you’ll also enjoy my Easy Homemade Sloppy Joe Sandwiches.
These blue cheese burgers are juicy and flavorful and are sure to be a big hit at your next cookout. They are also simple enough to prepare even on busy weeknights.
Bleu Cheese Burgers
- 2 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- 8 oz Bleu cheese crumbled
- ¼ cup white onion finely chopped
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
- 8 hamburger buns lightly toasted
- salt & pepper to taste
- Clean grill grates and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pre-heat grill to high.
- To a large bowl, add ground beef, pork, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, and rosemary. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and mix thoroughly.
- Divide meat mixture into 8 equal parts and shape each part into ¾-inch thick patties. Use your thumb to create an indent in the middle to keep from puffing up while cooking.
- Place patties over direct, high heat on your grill and cook for 8-10 minutes.
- To toast buns, brush the inside surface of each bun with the melted butter and place over indirect heat while the burgers are cooking.
- Flip and move burgers to indirect heat 2-3 minutes before they are done. Top with blue cheese and close lid to allow cheese to melt completely.
- Transfer burgers to a platter and serve immediately on toasted hamburger buns with your favorite toppings.