Black and Blue Steak Burger
"Why chop up perfectly good steaks to make burgers? Why, for the extraordinary taste and texture, of course; and it's nice to know exactly what you're eating. Most ground meat from the store is too fine, horribly overworked, and a little tough by the time you form it into patties. We avoid that problem by using a sharp knife and partially frozen meat. Plus, the sharp, savory funkiness of blue cheese helps form a glorious crust as the meat sears into it."
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Ingredients1 h 15 m servings 436
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 burgers)
- Slice steaks in half, then into strips about 1/4-to 1/2-inch-thick. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until very cold and firm, but not quite frozen, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Place blue cheese in the freezer as well so it's easier to handle.
- Chop the partially frozen steak with a sharp knife or meat cleaver until it resembles coarsely ground meat. Crumble about 1/2 cup (unpacked) blue cheese on top; use the cleaver to fold and chop it into the meat.
- Lightly dampen your hands with water and roll the mixture into 3 or 4 patties. Flatten onto individual pieces of plastic wrap; seal and refrigerate until ready to cook.
- Unwrap patties and continue pressing them to your desired thinness. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Heat a dry cast iron pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Sear each patty, without disturbing it, until a crust forms on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the surface springs back when lightly pressed, about 3 minutes more.
- Spread some mayonnaise over each bottom bun half. Serve patties on the buns, topped with pickled red onions.
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- Chef's Notes:
- This will also work with cheaper cuts like chuck, or round, but there's a certain luxury to starting out with meat that's already tender before it's even chopped. If you can find some extra flavorful dry-aged beef, this will be even more memorable.
- Feel free to use no cheese, or a different variety, but the blue cheese promises impressive crustification.
- To make your own quick-pickled red onions, season 1 sliced red onion with a big pinch of salt, cover with red wine vinegar, and refrigerate overnight, or until the onions turn color and soften slightly.
Per Serving: 436 calories; 23.1 23.9 30.9 80 915 Full nutrition
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