The Chew: Benno and Leo Batali’s Blue Cheese Pocket Burgers Recipe

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The Chew: Benno and Leo Batali’s Blue Cheese Pocket Burgers

On The Chew, Mario Batali’s children, Benno Batali and Leo Batali showed us just how deep the chef genes run in the family with their blue cheese pocket burgers recipe.

The Chew: Blue Cheese Pocket Burgers Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Benno and Leo Batali's Blue Cheese Pocket Burgers Recipe

Leo and Benno Batali showed us their blue cheese pocket burgers recipe.

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  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 3/4 pounds Ground Chuck
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 4 Hamburger Buns (toasted)

Variant Ingredients:

  • 1 Grilled Onion
  • 1/2 pound Mushrooms

Condiments:

  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard

The Chew: Blue Cheese Pocket Burgers Directions

  1. Preheat a grill to high heat. 
  2. Combine the cumin, pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Form your ground chuck into 8 evenly sized thin patties.
  4. Ground chuck is the ideal for juicy burgers — not only does it make for tender patties, but it is also very economical.
  5. On one side of each patty, sprinkle a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of the cumin mixture (or more to your liking).
  6. Putting your toppings inside the burger allows the meat to absorb the flavors.
  7. Fill the patty with any of your favorite toppings. Think: grilled onions, mushrooms, or various cheeses.
  8. Flip over 4 of the patties.
  9. Making sure that the spices are on the outside of the patty, put a quarter of the blue cheese on the center of each patty (the nonspiced side).
  10. These are the bottom patties.
  11. Take one of the remaining patties and place it over the blue cheese on one of the bottom patties, making sure that the spices are on the outside.
  12. Do this with the remaining 3 patties.
  13. Gently push the top patty down around the blue cheese and pinch the sides of the patties together until the burgers are completely sealed around the cheese.
  14. Put your burgers on the grill and let them cook for 4 minutes on each side for medium, or until cooked to your liking.
  15. To eat a burger, put it on a toasted hamburger bun and enjoy.
  16. Serve with the condiments of your choice, such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard.

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