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Make an exquisite burger on the grill this summer that is topped with a slice of blue cheese and a bold tomato jam with shallots.
By Liz Harris
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I was a grilling machine this past weekend. I know. I sound like a broken record lately with respect to the grilling. But hey, we’ve got to take advantage of these warm days and long nights while we’ve got ‘em.
While I’m developing a reputation for throwing absolutely anything and everything on the grill (salads! sides! desserts!), a good old-fashioned beef burger still holds the number one spot in my book.
And when I say “old-fashioned” I totally mean “over-the-top”.
Sliced tomatoes on a burger = boring. So I made up a savory-sweet tomato-shallot jam to spread on our buns instead. And OH MY GOSH is this stuff amazing. It pairs perfectly with the smoky flavors from the grill. And it brings a much more exquisite tomato flavor to our burgers than ketchup could ever do.
And French fries. We are going to put them RIGHT ON the burger. I mean, life is short so why the heck not. If you want to be a total champion, you can whip up some French fries from scratch.
And of course, we all know that no burger is complete without the cheese. Blue cheese is my go-to for burgers, because there is just something about the tangy-ness of the blue cheese that does magical things in my mouth when paired with a burger. And Castello is making it even easier for us to get that “umami” factor that we all crave with their Castello Burger Blue. Conveniently sliced (um…if you’ve ever tried to slice blue cheese before then you know this activity can be a crumbly mess) and totally melt-able, with Castello Burger Blue you are on your way to burger perfection in no time! And my Blue Cheese Burger with Tomato-Shallot Jam is pretty darn perfect, if I do say so myself!
Definitely make sure to check out Castello Burger Blue for all your summer grilling needs. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that Castello is hosting a giveaway in which YOU could win a season’s worth of blue cheese.
YUM! Click on the image above to get the details and enter for your chance to win!
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup shallots, minced
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 lb ground beef (I used Laura’s Lean Beef 92%)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and black pepper
- 3-4 slices Castello Burger Blue
- 3-4 hamburger buns
- French fries for serving and topping
- Make the tomato-shallot jam. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and toss them in a bowl with the sugar. Let them sit at room temperature for about 1 hour, stirring once or twice during this time. Then heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes, any accumulated juices and the shallots. Cook, stirring frequently for 12-15 minutes, or until the jam is thick, glossy and the tomatoes are almost broken down. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Once cooled, the tomato-shallot jam can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 7-10 days. This recipe makes enough jam for 6-8 burgers.
- If you want French fries (trust me, you do) for serving and topping your burger, start them cooking during this time.
- Pre-heat your grill to high.
- Make the burger patties. Add the ground beef, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and about ½ tsp. salt and black pepper to a medium bowl. Using your hands, combine the ingredients together, being carefully not to over mix. Form the mixture into 3 or 4 patties, depending on your preferred burger size (I always make ⅓ lb patties = 3 patties). Sprinkle the tops of the patties with additional black pepper.
- Add the burger patties to your grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, depending on your desired level of doneness. During the last minute, add one slice of Castello Burger Blue to each burger. You can also add your hamburger buns to the grill at this time if you want them lightly toasted. Remove the burgers and hamburger buns from the grill.
- Assemble the burgers. Spread some of the tomato-shallot jam onto the bottom half of each hamburger bun. Top with lettuce, burger patties, French fries and the top half of the hamburger bun. Serve immediately.
Liz is a former scientist turned cook, baker, food photographer and writer. Her kitchen is her home "laboratory" where she creates recipes for her blog, Floating Kitchen, which features seasonally inspired dishes that are fun, inventive, sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent and always delicious! Obsessed with all things nautical, Liz has lived in coastal towns on both the East and West Coasts.