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by KRISTIN LUCIANO · June 4, 2009

[Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner] Grill This. After some careful research around town, the consensus said that Bleu Cheese Burgers are by far one of the tastiest burgers to make at home. This recipe comes from one of Hamptons finest chefs, Ina Garten. Although her store, Barefoot Contessa is no longer part of the Hamptons, her Food Network show still broadcasts from her East Hampton abode. It's no surprise that she can cook up a mean bleu cheese burger. The recipe is as follows, enjoy!


2 pounds ground chuck

1 pound ground sirloin

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup steak sauce

3 extra-large eggs

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

8 to 10 hamburger buns

8 ounces bleu cheese, sliced (Danish Bleu)

Arugula and sliced tomatoes, for serving, optional


Carefully mix the meats, bread crumbs, steak sauce, eggs, salt, and pepper with the tines of a fork, but do not mash them. Lightly form hamburger patties and press lightly into shape.

Pre-heat the grill. Cook the hamburgers for 4 minutes on 1 side, then turn and cook 3 minutes on the other side for medium-rare. Remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the hamburgers to rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grill the buns, cut side down, for 1 minute, until toasted. Place a hamburger and a slice of bleu cheese in each bun, plus arugula and tomato, if desired, and serve hot.