This is prrrobably TMI, but writing about these burgers makes my mouth water and my tummy grumble. They are so. Good.
Everyone knows that beef and blue cheese are a match made in cheese and meat heaven. Put that combo in burger form, then slather a little homemade tomato-onion jam on there, and WHAM. You know how foodies talk about "elevating" food? This tangy, sweet, unctuous jam takes this dish from elevated to through the roof.
I'm surprised more people don't make burgers at home. It's just ground meat with some seasoning formed into a shape. Like, yea, you have to touch it. You will live. Wash your hands. And making it at home means you get to choose what goes into said burger. Wanna use turkey? Go for it. Chicken? Yum. Beef is just what I happened to have, and blue cheese with beef.... we went over this.
I seasoned the beef very simply with a bit of S & P, a dash of steak seasoning and a few sprinky dinks of Worcestershire. I wanted the meat to taste meaty. No, actually, MEATY. Like that.
If you're debating whether or not to make this jam, let me help you. MAKE IT. Kris and I couldn't get enough. I thought we'd have a touch leftover for another dish; we ate it ALL.
Also, am I on a blue cheese kick lately? The answer is yes.
Blue Cheese Burgers with Tomato-Onion Jam
makes 4 burgers
1 pound ground sirloin (or other ground meat)
1 tablespoon steak seasoning
2-3 teaspoons worcestershire
salt and pepper
4 burger buns
Romaine lettuce leaves
Tomato-Onion Jam (recipe follows)
Mix ground meat with steak seasoning, Worcestershire and salt and pepper to taste. Form 4 patties. On a griddle at medium/ medium-high heat, cook patties to desired doneness. Once burgers are cooked through, place about 1 tablespoon of blue cheese on each patty and let it melt a bit. Meanwhile, toast the buns. Build burgers with mayo, lettuce, and tomato-onion jam. Serve immediately.
makes about 1 cup
4 medium Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 white onion, sliced thin
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons Sriracha
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
water if needed
Heat oil in a pot on medium heat. Add onions and sauté until soft and translucent. Add tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add Sriracha-salt and pepper. Adjust measurements to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce to simmer. Simmer until the jam thickens to desired consistency (I let mine become almost like a chunky ketchup). Slather on burgers or whatever else your heart desires.*
*Probably killer on a grilled cheese. Just sayin'.