July 3, 2014

Blue Cheese Burgers

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Something crazy is happening in Boston: the Fourth of July is being celebrated tonight, on the third. Because of the hurricane that's comin' to town, they (and I don't know specifically who 'they' are) decided to move up the big celebration with the Boston Pops and the fireworks and the patriotism and the whatnot to this evening. So I guess today's the day to make burgers and hot dogs and light up the fireworks (totally illegal in MA). The only problem is that Boston didn't exactly decided to cancel business hours, so while I'd love to drink all day until the sun goes down (our fridge is full of Miller High Life, ready to go), I still have that little thing called 'work.' 

The only way I'll eat a cheeseburger is if it's with blue cheese. No blue cheese? That's fine, I'll just have a straight up hamburger. I think this is something I picked up from my mother, who also prefers her burgers with the blue. Despite having both blue cheese AND mayo on these burgers, they're surprisingly healthy and totally WW approved (and delicious). Grab the potato salad and the coleslaw and Happy Third of July. 
Blue Cheese Burgers | hardparade.blogspot.com

Blue Cheese Burgers
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Serves: 4, PointsPlus: 11
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup light mayo
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce (I used Frank's because it's the best)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 slices Vidalia onion
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 hamburger buns (I used whole wheat)
  • 4 slices tomato
  • Lettuce mix (I used arugula)
Directions:
  • Combine the blue cheese, mayo, thyme, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Set aside in the refrigerator while preparing the burgers. Heat a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray
    • You can obviously grill if you want, but I live in a 4th floor apartment in the city sooo...
  • Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions and season well with salt and pepper
  • Lightly coat the Vidalia onion slices with a bit of cooking spray and place onto the cast-iron skillet along with the beef patties
  • Cook burger to your liking and set aside, keeping warm (I usually just cover them with tinfoil). Place the onions in a zip-loc bag and toss with apple cider vinegar
  • Spread hamburger buns with the blue cheese mayo mixture, top with a burger patty, tomato slice, onion, and lettuce!
  • PS: You can find the recipe for the potato salad pictured HERE
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