In preparation for the party season along with giving myself a mani/pedi, getting a hair cut and buying a cute dress, I needed to prepare for the onslaught of food by getting my stomach used to bigger meals… Ok, so that’s a complete lie. In reality, I was just hungry for a burger. Hmm, maybe I should have bought a dress with more tummy room.
So, we’ve established that these burgers aren’t exactly going to help with the pre-Christmas diet but they really are tasty. Rather than using breadcrumbs to help keep the burgers moist I used a small amount of oats soaked in milk. A dash of mustard adds some zing and the melty cheese hidden in the middle takes the ordinary burger to delicious new heights.
These burgers scored 9/10 on the husband-ometre, the extra point was lost on the bun which was too soft. Oh well, that’s what you get for buying fresh bread… Mix things up by using cheddar or goat’s cheese and different toppings; I went for tomato, pickles and BBQ sauce, husband went for bacon and brown sauce.
Blue cheese burgers
Makes 4 pretty big burgers
- 600g minced steak
- 1 onion
- 40g rolled oats
- 100ml milk
- 2tsp Dijon mustard
- a handful of parsley
- 100g blue cheese (I used gorgonzola)
- salt and pepper
In a large bowl mix the oats, milk and mustard and leave to soak for 5 mins. Finely chop the onion and parsley and stir into the oats. Add the minced steak, salt and pepper and mix well.
Divide the mix into eight fairly even portions. Flatten one portion in your hand and place a quarter of the cheese in the middle. Take another portion and flatten over the cheese forming a pattie. Repeat until you have 4 burgers. If you have time, leave to firm up in the fridge for a few hours and bring to room temperature before cooking.
Put a griddle/frying pan on a medium heat. Brush the burgers with a little oil and cook for 10 minutes until the juices run clear, flipping halfway through. Serve on toasted buns with your favourite toppings.