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Southwestern Roquefort/Avocado Burger

I was raised in California and 30 years ago, at the age of 30 moved to Wisconsin. I missed so many of the delicious Mexican inspired recipes of California. At the time, I could not find a tortilla or many of the ingredients for my favorite dishes and began incorporating local ingredients, cheeses in particular, with the idea of southwest flavor. Since then there are many more ingredients, as varied of choice in the markets as in my California youth. The recipes evolved over the years, actually there were no recipes as I used the old, "dump, stir and taste" method, and this is one I came up with that is my favorite. I think I have it about right.


Burger Basics
1 1/2 lbs ground round cumin or dry cilantro flakes
Steak Seasoning
4 English Muffins (I prefer sourdough) or 4 hamburger buns Roquefort Topping
1/3 cup roquefort cheese
3 oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
dash of hot sauce
sliced avocado
Tomato sliced,
lettuce leaves, or onions sliced thin,
crisp bacon strips,
cheddar cheese slices.


Shape the ground round into four patties. Sprinkle on lightly cumin or dry cilantro n both sides and press into the meat. (some don't like this flavor and it can be omitted) Put on grill (or fry dry on top of stove) and cook to desired stage of done. When one side is done, flip and sprinkle on Steak Seasoning to taste. Finish cooking. Top each burger with the prepared roquefort topping and sliced avocado. Place on English Muffin, which may be toasted on grill or in toaster. For those counting carbs, omit English Muffin. You can add options of lettuce, onion, sliced tomato, crispy bacon stips, or cheddar cheese slices. Don't forget the salsa!


It's a great burger. There are a lot of options for the actual finished burger. I find in the Midwest, many don't like the taste of cumin or cilantro and prefer a milder salsa or even ketchup (ketchup is salsa for wimpy gringos). Some prefer to eat the burger as is off the grill without the English Muffin or want a regular bun. The lettuce. tomato, onion, bacon or cheese are up to the individual taste as well, but I love the works!!!!