The Cheesy Italian



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20 mins


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About this recipe

This is a really great tasting burger. Gorgonzola with balsamic caramelized onions and pears on a juicy beef patty gives you a proper rich burger.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total Fat 47.7g 61%
  • Saturated Fat 22.3g 111%
  • Cholesterol 182mg 61%
  • Sodium 1793mg 78%
  • Vitamin D 2mcg 8%
  • Potassium 741mg 16%
  • Total Carbohydrate 56.6g 21%
  • Dietary Fiber 4.5g 16%
  • Total Sugars 13.9g 43%
  • Protein 58.3g 116%
  • Calcium 295mg 23%
  • Iron 7mg 28%
The Cheesy Italian
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
What You Need
The Burger
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 15-20% fat
  • 1/2 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried fennel seed ground
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
The Onion & Pears
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 pears chopped
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • Olive oil
The Rest
  • 1/2 pound of gorgonzola
  • 1 cup of arugula rocket
What You Do
The Prep
  1. Gently mix 1/2 tbsp. salt, 1/2 tbsp. freshly cracked black pepper, the dried parsley, dried basil, dried fennel seed, dried oregano, dried thyme and the beef.
  2. Very gently divide the beef mixture into 5 pieces. Roll each piece in your hands until the mixture stays together in a ball. Be careful not to squash the meat too much.
The Cook
    The Onions & Pears
    1. Boil the balsamic vinegar in a saucepan until it has reduced by half and allow to cool. Once cool, it should be much thicker.
    2. In a separate pan, fry the onions and pears in butter on a medium heat until they have browned. Then turn down the heat and cook until tender.
    3. Finish by adding the vinegar and season with salt to taste.
    The Burger
    1. Place the ball of meat in the pan and squash it down immediately with a flat metal kitchen utensil (I use the back of my hand.)
    2. Using your finger, make a small dimple in the middle. This stops it from swelling in the middle when it is cooked.
    3. Season with salt and pepper
    4. Cook on one side for a couple of minutes or until it is golden brown/charred on one side.
    5. Flip the burger and cook for a similar time of the other side or until it is right for you (I prefer rare to medium).
    6. While cooking the second side, slice your bun/s and heat each side in the same pan as the burger.
    The Build
    1. Lay some arugula to the bottom bun.
    2. Add the burger.
    3. Add a generous slice of the gorgonzola.
    4. Spoon on a good serving of the onions and pears.
    5. Get stuck in!

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