The Bleu Cheese Burger:
A Tribute for NCD!

Happy National Cheeseburger Day – or as we like to call it – NCD! You may have noticed the cheeseburger buzz across the interwebs today, but in the Plated office it’s an all-out frenzy. Not too long ago, we polled the palates of our esteemed Platers to decide the best burger recipe around, and the results were unanimous: The Bleu Cheese Burger reigns supreme!

In celebration of the obscure beloved holiday, pick up some brioche rolls from your local bakery and enjoy this recipe for our Red, White, & Bleu Burger:

Bleu Cheese Burgers with Baked Parsley Chips

  • 2 russet potatoes, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 packet Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 pound butcher’s blend ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 2 brioche buns
  • 4 ounces bleu cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

1. Cook Potato Chips

Preheat oven to 425° F. Wash the potatoes and slice them, widthwise, as thinly as possible. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper and lay in one even layer on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. Toss with chopped parsley and season with salt.

2. Sauté Onions

Thinly slice the red onion. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onion to the pan and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

3. Caramelize Onions

Once the onions are soft, add the balsamic vinegar and sugar to the pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer until almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water and cook until almost evaporated, about another 5 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

4. Cook Burgers

Using your hands, combine the ground beef with steak sauce, salt and pepper. Form into two patties, making a well in the middle. Heat pan over high heat and cook the burgers about 5-6 minutes per side. The USDA recommends cooking beef to 145° F internal temperature.

5. Toast Buns

Remove the pan from the heat and carefully wipe it out with paper towel. Place the same pan over low heat and toast the buns for about 1 minute on the cut side.

6. Plate Burgers

Place the burger on the bun and stack it with bleu cheese and caramelized onions. Serve with parsley potato chips on the side.

Pro tips:

Help! Need some extra instruction? Check out the recipe video!

Caramelize: the browning of sugar. Onions have natural sugars in them; by cooking them slowly over a long period of time, their sugar is released and browned.

Keep it flat: We suggest making a “well” in the middle of the burger by pressing your thumb into the middle of the uncooked patty. This prevents you from having to push it down to keep it flat while it cooks (which pushes all the delicious juices out of the burger).


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