Recipe: Hot buffalo burgers with blue cheese
- ½ cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)
- 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 5 tablespoons Tabasco or other hot sauce
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 8 hamburger buns
- 2 small Vidalia onions, cut into 1⁄4-inch-thick rounds
- ½ cup chopped celery leaves
1 In a small bowl, stir together the blue cheese and mayonnaise.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter and 2-1⁄2 tablespoons of the Tabasco.
2 In another bowl, mix together the ground beef, the remaining 2-1⁄2 tablespoons Tabasco, the salt, and pepper until just combined.
3 Form the beef mixture into eight 1-inch-thick patties and brush with some of the Tabasco butter. Pack the patties into a plastic bag and place in the cooler to transport.
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4 Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and brush the grate with oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
5 Transfer the burgers to the grill. Close the cover and cook, brushing halfway through with more Tabasco butter, to the desired doneness, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Let the burgers rest off the grill while toasting the buns.
6 Meanwhile, place the buns on the grill, cut side down, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
7 Brush the burgers with additional Tabasco butter. Sandwich the onion slices, celery leaves, and a dollop of blue cheese dressing inside the buns and serve.
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Excerpted from The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up by Jamie Deen, Bobby Deen and Melissa Clark © 2011 by Jamie Deen, Bobby Deen and Melissa Clark. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.