Thursday, July 21, 2011

Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo and Sherry Sweet Onions

I think I’m becoming a little too obsessed with trying out all these recipes from Cooking Light. Here’s one from their June 2011 issue.

I used yak instead of beef for this burger. It’s healthy and lean and we have access to it locally. You could use anything you like here. Bison, beef or even a good hearty veggie burger would be great.

Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo and Sherry Sweet Onions
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The trick to juicy burgers with leaner cut meats is to sear the outsides, then turn the grill to medium low and cook slowly until the burgers are done to preference.

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, divided
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 pound lean ground sirloin (or bison, yak or a veggie burger)
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 sweet onion, sliced into 4 thick rounds
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
4 (1 1/2 ounce) hamburger buns, toasted
2 cups loosely packed arugula
1 to 2 sliced tomatoes

1. Preheat the grill to medium high heat.

2. Combine blue cheese, mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon thyme and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl. Stir well.

3. Spray cooking spray on onion slices. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Coat the grill with cooking spray and cook onions until their tender and start to brown.

4. Place the onions, vinegar and 1 teaspoon thyme in a gallon sized plastic bag and seal to steam onions for 5 minutes.

5. Divide meat into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2 inch-thick patty. Spray with cooking spray. Season with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 salt. Press an indent into the middle of each patty with your thumb.

6. Sear patties on both sides. Turn the heat to medium low and cook until burgers are done to preference.

7. Spread bottom buns with blue cheese mixture. Top with arugula, tomato slices, burgers, onions and the top bun.

Yield: 4 burgers. Calories 420 Fat 21.8g Protein 31.5 Carb 26.7 Fiber 4.2 Chol 76mg Sodium 623mg.

Recipe adapted from June 2011 issue of Cooking Light. Picture by Laura Flowers.


Velva said...

YAK? Seriously? Very, very cool.


Mari said...

Those look delicious. Even bacon couldn't make them better. Well...

Joanne said...

You and your yak are super spiffy.

Simones Kitchen said...

I love the sound of that burger with blue cheese. Would be interesting to use yak but I'm pretty sure we would not have that anywhere in the country!

Veronica Miller said...

OK, I've never had yak! Honestly, I'm having trouble picturing one. Let me go Google it real quick. Huh. Well alrighty then. Sort of looks like a cross between a cow and a buffalo. I've been subbing venison for beef lately--I'm surprised how well it works! Emu even tastes a lot like beef. Yay for us with our crazy beef stand-ins.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

You threw me with that yak - and everyone else obviously. If I could find it, I'd try it - but that burger would be great with beef too. Any burger with blue cheese sounds divine.

Krysta said...

Hi Laura,
Haven't commented in a while but love all your posts! This sounds amazing. I don't eat meat very often, but I have been craving a good burger!

Amee said...

Hi Laura, I just wanted to say that I tried the candy airplanes with my nieces this past weekend and they LOVED them...and then about 30 seconds later they said "when can we eat them?" :) thanks for sharing. I would love to see more kids craft foods like that!

Sue said...

Yak?!? Wow!
The blue cheese mayo sounds amazing!
Happy Weekend Laura!

the Yak Ranch said...

Thanks for getting the conversation going! Yak is terrific but I would have to say that wouldn't I?

If you can find it locally, give it a try, you won't go back!

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