Wine Varietal: Pinot Grigio
I love the taste of blue cheese with wine so it only made sense to combine the two to make an out of this world hamburger for entertaining with friends.To get guests in the mood I serve blue cheese with fresh fruit and Sutter Home wines and then wow them with these burgers!
2 pounds ground chuck
2 tsp. Weber Grill Creations Chicago Steak Seasoning
1 Tbs. fennel seed
1 tsp. celery seed
3 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestshire Sauce
3 large cloves garlic – minced
1/4 cup Sutter Home Pinot Grigio
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
6 slices of pepper bacon
1/2 cup blackening seasoning
1 large cucumber peeled and sliced into 18-24 thin slices
2 – 5 oz. containers Treasure Cave Blue Cheese
6 large poppy seed kaiser rolls
1/2 stick butter softened
1 bunch fresh oregano
1/4 cup Colavita olive oill for brushing on the grill rack
To make the patties, in a large bowl mix together ground chuck, Weber Grill Creations Chicago Steak Seasoning, fennel seed, celery seed, Lea & Perrins Worcestshire sauce, garlic, Sutter Home Pinot Grigio, Italian bread crumbs and fresh ground black pepper. Divide the mixture into six equal portions and form the portions into hamburger patties. Wrap pepper bacon around the side of burgers. Secure with a toothpick to hold in place briefly. Coat each side of hamburgers with blackening seasoning, patting to make sure seasoning sticks to burgers.
Brush the grill rack with Colavita olive oil. Preheat grill to medium-high. Remove toothpicks and place patties on the rack, cover and grill until browned on the bottoms, 4-5 minutes. Turn the patties and continue grilling for another 5 minutes or until done to desired likeness. Lower heat. Place 3-4 cucumber slices on each burger. Spoon Treasure Cave Blue Cheese on top of cucumber slices. Close lid to grill and let cheese melt for 1-2 minutes on burgers.
Cut each poppy seed kaiser roll in half. With a butter knife, cover each roll with a light coating of butter. Place rolls on grill and lightly toast.
To assemble burgers, place the bottom half of your rolls on a large serving platter. Place burgers on top of rolls. Garnish with fresh oregano. Top with the other half of your kaiser roll and serve.