Jalapeno Jelly & Gorgonzola BurgersPosted: March 21, 2012
I am married to a man who appreciates a good meal like you wouldn’t believe. He enjoys the gourmet fare I occasionally serve, but one of his favorite suppers is a simple hamburger patty, a side of corn and a tossed salad. I served this meal to him not long ago, on a day when he must have been really hungry because as I handed Greg his plate, he looked up gratefully and said, “You saved my life!”
“Really?” I asked. “Just by cooking a hamburger patty?”
Wow, I had no idea I welded that much power with a quarter pound of ground round.
Tonight I decided to jazz up his patty a bit, by mixing the meat with mustard, Worcestershire and jalapeno jelly, then stuffing it with Gorgonzola cheese and topping it with a bit more jelly and chopped jalapenos.
He loved it. I loved it. Lots of happy flavors did a salsa in my mouth.
I now share it with you, as my small part in helping to save lives.
Becky’s Jalapeno Jelly Gorgonzola Burgers
Makes 4 juicy patties, serves 2 – 4 people, depending on how hungry they are!
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
* 1/4 c. jalapeno jelly, divided (you’ll use some for topping)
1 T. mustard (I prefer stone ground, but use what ever kind you like)
1 large clove garlic, grated
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
4 one inch cubes of Gorgonzola or blue cheese (you can use any cheese you prefer)
4 t. chopped pickled jalapenos (you may also use fresh jalapenos, too, just expect an extra kick of heat)
* Alternate substitute for Jalapeno Jelly: Mix 3 T. of your favorite jelly with 1 T. oickled jalapeno juice, Tabasco or buffalo sauce
In a large bowl, use clean hands to mix hamburger meat with 2 T. of the jalapeno jelly (or substitute), and the next 4 ingredients. Divide into 8 equal size hamburger patties, making them a bit on the thin side. Crumble each 1 inch cube of cheese in the middle of 4 hamburger patties as shown in the picture below.
Top the cheese covered patties with the remaining 4 patties and press to seal the edges.
Place four patties in a hot skillet (may use a little olive oil to prevent them from sticking) and brown until nice caramelization takes place on one side. Flip and turn stove temp down to medium, cook about a minute to let the other side get good and brown as well. Then lower temp to low, cover and cook until burgers are cooked all the way through, to your liking.
Remove from skillet to plate lined with paper towel to let excess fat drain off. Spread a teaspoon of jalapeno jelly over each burger before serving, then garnish each patty with about a teaspoon of chopped jalapeno.
Wonderful with corn and a green salad made with tomatoes and avocados. Or make into gourmet hamburgers with a dollop of guacamole between the burgers and buns.
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