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Blue Cheese Burgers

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  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 3 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 6 extra-large egg yolks
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 8 to 10 hamburger buns
  • 8 ounces blue cheese, such as Danish Blue
  • Arugula, for serving
  • Sliced tomatoes, for serving

In a large bowl, carefully mix the meats, steak sauce, egg yolks, salt, and pepper with the tines of a fork, but do not mash the mixture.  Lightly form hamburger patties and press lightly into shape.  Press a thin slice of butter into the top of each hamburger, making sure the meat entirely encases the butter.

Prepare a charcoal or a stovetop grill and cook the hamburgers for 4 minutes on one side, 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 blue cheese in each bun, plus arugula and tomato serve hot.

Copyright 2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

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