Blue Cheese Burger Recipe

Ooozing Blue Cheese Burger

All the credit for these goes to my friend Ron. He’s famous throughout California’s central valley for his blue cheese burgers! I don’t have his recipe because even though I think I managed to pry it from him once, I never wrote it down. But I was craving a blue cheese burger today for lunch and since Ron and Ruby live in California and I’m still in Sicily, I had to come up with something myself!

Most of the blue cheese burgers I’ve eaten in my life are just a regular burger with the addition of some type of blue cheese dressing as a condiment. Whoever came up with that idea is a genius because blue cheese plus hamburger equals YUM!

Even better is that same burger with some bacon on it. I’ve eaten many bacon and blue cheese burgers in my life thanks to McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe in Eugene, Oregon. I don’t know what I miss more, that Captain Neon Burger or those pitchers of Terminator Stout. Ah, the good old days…

So, as I was saying, most blue cheese burgers come with the blue cheese on top. But then Ron came along with his blue cheese-stuffed burgers and my whole world was turned upside down. What’s so great about blue cheese being inside the burger? I really don’t know. Perhaps it’s just the novelty, but there’s something really special about a seemingly normal looking burger that starts oozing creamy blue cheese when you bite into it!

The only thing I remember about Ron’s burgers is that the filling is a mixture of blue cheese and cream cheese. So, that’s what I did. I kept it simple and just mixed equal parts cream cheese and crumbled blue cheese, added a bit of onion powder, some chopped fresh parsley and salt and pepper to taste. I didn’t bother to let the cream cheese soften, I just mashed it all up together in a small bowl with a fork.

Blue Cheese Filling

I decided to stick with quarter pound burgers because the hamburger buns I bought are pretty small (just the standard small Wonder brand buns). So I first divided one pound of ground beef into four equal parts. Then I divided each part in half so that I ended up with eight equal portions of ground beef (each should weigh about 2 oz.). I formed those into balls and sprinkled them all with salt and pepper, rolling them around a bit so all sides were seasoned. Next, working on waxed paper, I flattened each of those little balls into very thin patties.

Thin Patty

To fill a burger, I put a spoonful of the cream cheese filling (about a tablespoon works well) in the center of one patty.

Filling

Then I spread the filling equally over the patty, leaving some room around the edges for a seal.

Filling 2

Then I put another patty on top of the filling.

Filling 3

Next, I pressed the edges together to form a seal. You don’t need to pinch the two patties together, just gently work the edges together so that they will stay sealed.

Sealing the edges

After I finished all four burgers, I liberally sprinkled both sides of them with coarsely ground black pepper.

Seasoned with Cracked Black Pepper

Then I put them on the grill! Grilling time is a matter of preference. I like my burgers well done but since I made the patties pretty thin, they ended up cooking quickly.

Blue Cheese Burger on the Grill

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you about shrinkage but I thought I would take this photo to remind you! When making your hamburger patties, always make them larger than you think they need to be!

Shrinkage

See, it ended up fitting the bun perfectly! Since these burgers are so flavorful, I keep the condiments to a minimum. But if I would have had some lettuce, tomato and bacon in the house, they would have been on here too!

Burger on the Bun

It might look plain…

The Burger

but look what’s waiting inside!

Ooozing Blue Cheese Burger

Now here’s my warning. First of all, let them rest for a little while before you eat them. The cheese in the middle is hot and oozy and I don’t want to get blamed for someone burning themselves! I also think it’s best to cut these in half before eating them. I found out the hard way that the contents inside are under pressure! I took my first bite and the burger had a blowout in the back. I’m serious, it was like a mini explosion! There’s no way around it, these are messy burgers. But that’s what makes them fun, right?

Blue Cheese Burgers

2 oz. cream cheese
2 oz. crumbled blue cheese
1/8 t. onion powder
1 T. chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound ground beef (I use 85% lean)
salt and pepper
Coarsely ground black pepper (optional)

1. In a small bowl, mash together cream cheese and blue cheese then stir in the onion powder and parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
2. Divide ground beef into 8 equal pieces. I first divide it into four pieces then divide each piece again. Form the pieces into balls then sprinkle the balls lightly with salt and pepper, rolling them around a bit to make sure all sides are covered. Flatten each ball to form thin patties of equal size. I find it easiest to form the patties on a sheet of waxed paper.
3. To fill burgers, place a tablespoonful of cream cheese mixture in the center of each of four patties. Spread the filling out evenly to within half an inch of the edge of each patty. Place the remaining patties on top to form four filled burgers. Gently press the edges of each burger together to form a seal.
4. Sprinkle burgers liberally with coarsely ground black pepper (optional).
5. Prepare your grill and cook burgers until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees (USDA recommendation) or until desired degree of doneness. Let rest for ten minutes.
6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes: I recommend cutting these burgers in half before eating to avoid ‘burger blowout.’ I don’t add anything besides salt and pepper to the meat because the filling is so flavorful, but you are more than welcome to add extra seasoning to the meat if that’s what you like. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings in the filling, too!

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99 Comments
  1. Coleen

    Hi Nicole,
    We tried your blue cheese burgers over Labor Day weekend and YUM! Gave you a shout out on my blog- http://www.balenttimes.blogspot.com.
    Hope all is well,
    Coleen

    12:32 pm  Sep 3rd, 2008
  2. fishy

    mmmMMMmm blue/bleu cheese burgers!!
    I started with feta cheese burgers and Moved up to the blue cheese a couple of years ago after trying Trader joes stuffed burgers.

    For a twist, try stuffing ground turkey or salmon instead, and add some fresh garlic.

    7:49 am  Sep 9th, 2008
  3. lindakm

    Mmmmm! Great pictures! I’m searching the internet for blue cheese burgers recipes. Yours look delicious but I think it’s too much work for me. I’m looking for the one where you can just mix the cheese all in with the meat. ;>

    10:21 am  Oct 8th, 2008
  4. John

    Sound great! I once had a blue cheese burger. Even though delicious, it was
    nothing like this recipe. I’m pretty sure of that. I want to try this recipe!

    10:52 pm  Jan 3rd, 2009
  5. Carrie

    Nicole, oh, my goodness, burger blowout, that is too funny.

    So, yes, this is an old post but I was in St. Helena last week and enjoyed one of Taylor’s Refresher’s amazing burgers. Which of course leaves me craving one today and searching for a recipe online. And here, voila. This sounds delicious. The only thing I might add is a beautiful, delicious, onion ring, like the one at Taylor’s. Yum.

    1:45 pm  Jan 28th, 2009
  6. Angela

    I just made this tonight to go along with the Superbowl, since burgers are a very footballish food. They were great, but I would suggest that anyone trying these burgers to NOT use a Foreman grill. Or at least, don’t close the top. It will cook faster, but the pressure on the top of the burgers will cause much of the cheese to ooze out. :(

    5:45 pm  Feb 1st, 2009
  7. Eric Hoffman

    Looks great. I love making blue cheese burgers but used to put the cheese on the outside. I like the idea of putting it inside. Must be a juicy burger.

    7:06 am  Feb 26th, 2009
  8. Dena

    Oh my gosh, these look SOOO great! And, Nicole- I LOVE those spicy black bean burgers, just had one for lunch. By far the best veggie-type of “burgers” around! Mmmmm…that cheese…tasty. Thanks for the recipe.

    12:41 pm  Mar 20th, 2009
  9. Carrie

    these look great. i’ve got some leftover hamburger buns in the fridge so i might have to make these soon.

    2:42 pm  May 13th, 2009
  10. czyka tumaliuan

    Yummy! Cant wait to make one. I dont have a griller though. can i just fry them? will it affect the taste greatly? please do reply. Thank You!

    1:28 am  May 30th, 2009
  11. Nicole

    Czyka: I’ve only made them on the grill, but they should be fine cooked in a frying pan!

    9:23 am  May 30th, 2009
  12. czyka tumaliuan

    thank you so much!

    11:23 pm  May 30th, 2009
  13. Jeremy

    First off, I like your website. Second, those burgers look great. I just was wondering how they compared to your friend Ron’s Blue Cheese stuffed burgers. Same? Better?

    9:55 am  Jun 6th, 2009
  14. kristin

    Hey, I loved the concept of these burgers! I totally snagged the concept! My friends were amazed at how I was able to get that oozing goodness into the burgers!

    thanks again!

    10:00 pm  Jul 4th, 2009
  15. Monica

    I made these burgers this weekend and they were AWESOME!! thanks for the recipe.

    4:50 am  Jul 13th, 2009
  16. Kashif

    Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe. Can’t wait to try these !

    6:44 am  Jul 28th, 2009
  17. Paul

    Great recipe! However I will slightly adjust to more blue cheese in the future, as I do prefer the flavor of it more. Instead I will most likely put 2 1/2 ounce to 3 of blue cheese and rest cream. Thanks again, really enjoyed the burgers.

    10:34 pm  Sep 2nd, 2009
  18. Ariana

    Thank you for that post!

    4:37 am  Sep 23rd, 2009
  19. Marrie Jane Copeland

    We Love Kutcharitaville Cafe for Their Greatest Cheese Burgers! You’ve Got to Try
    One to Believe How Good They Are. Their so Good that they are called Goody Goody’s. We heard that Jimmy Buffet Loved them so much that he wrote a song about
    them. We also heard that someone wrote a song about Kutchie’s Key Lime Pie.
    All I know is that the next time we travel to Carolina, Key West will be Our First Stop……

    the Copeland Family

    7:24 pm  Jan 3rd, 2010
  20. Ruthie Martinez

    Thank you so much for the perfect Blue Cheese Burger Receipe! My boyfriend and I were use to driving nearly 2 hrs. for a great Blue Cheese Burger and now it’s only a kitchen away =) The pictures and easy- to- folllow steps won us over, but the taste captured our hearts. Thanks again!!!

    11:07 pm  Mar 4th, 2010
  21. Raejean Prather

    Tried this tonight, it is wonderful!

    9:45 pm  Mar 6th, 2010
  22. Richard

    I will definitely be making these this weekend!

    1:49 pm  Apr 7th, 2010
  23. Richard

    Will be making these tomorrow and cant wait to see how they taste. Pick up ground beef from the specialty meat market which is wonderful in itself!

    6:49 am  Apr 16th, 2010
  24. Megan

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    5:16 pm  Apr 27th, 2010
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  26. Michael

    Grilled these up tonight, and they’re better than any restaurant blue cheese burger I’ve ever tasted. The cheese on the inside is genius, and my wife loved it. Especially since I put bacon on them. Thanks for sharing!

    7:03 pm  May 29th, 2010
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  28. jennie

    These are famous in the Twin Cities-better known as Juicy Lucy’s-when they have cheddar-Juicy Bleucy’s with blue cheese….Matt’s Bar is the famous place here…when a friend had a “owie” on her lip, and I asked her about it she just said…”yeah, from Matt’s Bar…”…we all understood. Ate it too soon…

    10:06 pm  Jun 5th, 2010
  29. Isabella

    I chose your burgers from a google search of blue cheese burgers. I always thought stuffing burgers was kind of stupid, but your description and picture totally sold me. And I made mine exactly the way you made yours, and I loved it. Thanks!

    5:18 pm  Jul 2nd, 2010
  30. Amanda

    That looks fantastic. I wish I could get my husband to eat a stuffed burger, but he’s boring LOL! I might try them myself though!

    7:21 am  Jul 13th, 2010
  31. Rudy

    My girlfriend and I were craving bleu cheese burgers and got your recipe from google. We just finished eating these and they bleu (ha) us away! So decadent and delicious, thank you!

    2:48 pm  Nov 15th, 2010
  32. Ayesha

    Any recommendations for those of us who don’t have a grill?

    7:56 pm  Feb 5th, 2011
  33. Used Forklifts

    I made these on the stove top and they came out perfectly. No grill required in my opinion. Thanks for the recipe!

    10:44 am  Mar 15th, 2011
  34. Jasmine

    These look amazing! My “year long vegetarian phase” is coming to a close and I think these might be my first meaty meal! Anyone (Nicole and readers) have any thoughts about adding a touch of horseradish to the cheese mixture? I like a little kick.

    12:28 pm  Mar 19th, 2011
  35. Dan

    Wow, a meat pocket full of bleu cheese goodness. It can’t get any better than that. I’d be afraid to put much else on there aside from some onions, maybe. Or a cream sauce? Mmmmmmmmmm

    11:32 am  Apr 13th, 2011
  36. Jackie

    I don’t really like blue cheese but my husband loves it. Do you think I could substitue with a ranch dressing powder or something?

    8:34 am  May 4th, 2011
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  41. Branch

    Nicole –

    Fast-forward five years — June 2012! This recipe still holds up as the best of its type. Simple, easy, and “mas tasty”! And it does go better with bacon, tomato, and lettuce. To compound the flavor, a little home made mayo.

    3:33 pm  Jun 23rd, 2012
  42. Cory

    This is a good looking recipe all but the cooking temperature recommendation. The patty shrank up so much from overcooking the meat. Source good ground beef and medium to medium rare is perfectly safe and about 100 times more flavorful. Great looking burger otherwise though.

    8:56 pm  Aug 4th, 2012
  43. Jeanna

    I made these burgers and they were fantastic! We made carmelized onions to go with the burgers and they were the only condiments needed. The cream cheese mixed with the blue cheese gave the blue cheese a much milder flavor that was just right. We went very light on the salt on the burgers since the cheese is salty.

    5:28 pm  Aug 27th, 2012
  44. Mary Jane

    Your dish reminds me of summer more exciting scenes. I was very happy to have full friends. Thank you. If you want to know about my country and the dishes, go to: vegetarianviet.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-make-pho.html if you want how to make Rice noodles, The best foods of country

    6:36 am  May 16th, 2013
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  48. Teresa

    These are amazing!!! I cooked these in cast iron pan since it’s -30C and I couldn’t light the bbq. Thank you for a keeper recipe.

    5:53 pm  Jan 4th, 2015
  49. Hannah

    Made these tonight and they were a big hit!

    I would EMPHASIS the importance of the seal to anyone who hasn’t tried them yet. I made them on the Foreman (I know, I know, we’re so classy!) and my lame attempt at a seal was squashed (literally) and the good stuff oooozed out. Everyone I made them for thought I did it on purpose so no harm and they were simply amazing either way!

    5:28 pm  Jan 27th, 2015
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