Kicked Up Blue Cheese-stuffed Hamburgers

*RAW EGG WARNING The American Egg Board states: "There have been warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds that[ the egg may be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacteria responsible for a type of foodborne illness. Healthy people need to remember that there is a very small risk and treat eggs and other raw animal foods accordingly. Use only properly refrigerated, clean, sound-shelled, fresh, grade AA or A eggs. Avoid mixing yolks and whites with the shell."]

Total Time:
21 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
6 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 12 ounces blue cheese
  • 4 large whole wheat buns, split in half
  • Desired condiments, such as sliced tomatoes, romaine, sliced onions
  • Green Peppercorn Mayonnaise, recipe follows
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Green Peppercorn Mayonnaise:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons drained green peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill. (Alternately, cook the patties in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

In a bowl, combine the beef, garlic, salt, pepper, and Essence, and mix gently but thoroughly. Divide into 8 equal patties.

In a separate bowl, crumble the cheese and form into 4 equal patties. Place 1 cheese patty on each of 4 beef patties. Top with remaining 4 beef patties, pinching the edges under to seal the cheese completely.

Place the stuffed patties on the grill and cook to desired temperature, about 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. (Alternately, cook the patties in a large skillet over medium-high heat.) Place the buns on the grill, inside down, until just warmed through, about 30 seconds. Remove the patties and buns from the grill and place on serving plates. Garnish with condiments and serve with the Green Peppercorn Mayonnaise.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Green Peppercorn Mayonnaise:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the egg, vinegar, and mustard, and process on high speed for 30 seconds. With the machine running, add the oil through the feed tube and process until it forms a thick emulsion. Add the peppercorns and pulse until well blended. Adjust seasoning, to taste. Transfer to a decorative bowl and serve with the Blue Cheese-stuffed Hamburgers.

Yield: about 1 1/4 cups


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