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Skillet Blue Cheese Burger on a wooden board

Skillet Blue Cheese Burgers

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 medium burgers 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Juicy burgers filled with melting cheese that are cooked in a skillet and served with salsa in a warm bun!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 7 oz (200g) pork sausage (no casings) or ground pork
  • 14 oz (400g) ground beef, with no more than 15% fat
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 oz (115g) blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 oz (60g) mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup Salsa (see recipe here)
  • 4 burger slider buns

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Roast garlic cloves wrapped in foil with a drizzle of olive oil, until tender, about 30 minutes. You will have soft, caramelized garlic 'meat'.
  3. In a bowl mix ground pork and beef with mashed garlic.
  4. Add salt (not too much since the blue cheese is salty) and black pepper.
  5. Mix very well with your hands for a few minutes; this part is important so the proteins in the meats break down and bind the whole thing together.
  6. You can also knead it with a stand mixer, something I recommend if you’re making burgers for a crowd.
  7. Heat skillet over medium/low heat.
  8. Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts. Take each part, divide it in two, flatten one into a disk and add some blue cheese and a smaller amount of mozzarella.
  9. Top with the remaining portion of meat and carefully cover the cheese, making sure the sides are sealed. Flatten it without letting the cheese spill.
  10. Repeat with remaining meat and cheeses.
  11. Add patties to the skillet, and cook them for about 7 - 10 minutes on each side, until golden.
  12. Push the meat to one side, stacking them if needed, or transfer them to a tray, and keep them warm in a very low oven.
  13. Divide the salsa in two. Increase the heat to high, add a drizzle of olive oil to the skillet and half a cup of salsa. Sautée it for a minute or two and add the bottom of the buns if you want to the skillet, so they warm up and soak some of the juices.
  14. Mix the fresh salsa with the cooked one. Put the burgers with salsa on top between the warm bread and eat.

Notes

Tips & tricks for making this recipe:

  • Meat: use beef and pork for a better flavored and juicier burger.
  • Cheese: use a cheese that melts well and another that has a sharp flavor.
  • Buns: they can also be warmed in the oven or not at all. I think a crisp, warm bread add a lot to the final burger.
  • Salsa: you can omit the salsa and use tomato slices. The real star of this recipe is the burger itself.
  • Cooking: I use a skillet and make these year-round, but of course you can grill them.
  • Yield: If you make sliders you will get about double the amount.

Keywords: blue cheese burgers, skillet burgers