Fire Up the Grill for Dave Meli’s (The Healthy Butcher) Blue Cheese Burger | An Homage to the Hamburger
It is hard to imagine North America without the hamburger. Let’s face it: the burger is a key part of our society. Many of the 10,000 restaurants in Toronto have a burger on the menu, be it a veggie burger, a fish burger, or the classic beef burger. And we have American restaurant owner, Louis Lassen, to thank. Lassen invented the modern hamburger and made it famous at the 1904 World’s Fair. How did I not know who Louie was? Why don’t we have a Lassen Day? It could be just like Robbie Burns Day but instead of eating haggis and drinking Scotch we eat hamburgers in parking lots, drink cola, and relish our fancy condiments, which we use to adorn this masterpiece. Lassen Day … Think about it! Yields: 5 burgers 2 lbs medium ground beef (finely ground once)½ cup bread crumbs¼ cup finely diced shallots1 large egg1 Tbsp kosher salt1 Tbsp pepper5 pieces of blue cheese, each the size of a Toonie and ¼” thick
- In a clean stainless steel bowl mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, shallots, egg, salt and pepper. Work them well until the meat has started to stick together so they do not fall apart on the grill.
- Form the meat into 5 equal sized balls.
- Open each meat ball in the middle so they look like Pac Man. Place a chunk of cheese in the middle of each ball. Close up the ball and then flatten so that patties are 1½” thick.
- Season the patties with salt just before grilling.
- I recommend serving on a bun with Kozlik’s Orange Mustard and Granny Smith Coleslaw.
Granny Smith Coleslaw1 cup shredded cabbage1 shredded granny smith apple1 shredded carrot1 thinly sliced shallot1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar1 Tbsp honey¼ cup mayonnaiseSalt and pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a clean stainless steel bowl.
- Serve right away.