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Stilton Stuffed Big Ben Burger

I enjoy a good burger and had a few in England so I thought I would make up my own with the flavors I enjoy.


2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons English pub mustard ( coarse grain mustard)
2 tablespoons drained capers
6 thick slices pepper bacon
6 ounces Stilton cheese
2 pounds ground beef ( 15% fat )
1/2 cup grated onion
3 tablespoons grated horseradish
2 cloves grated garlic
1/2 cup stout or dark ale
2/3 cup soft breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated pepper
vegetable oil for brushing grill
6 1/2 inch slices beefsteak or form tomatoes
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup minced chives
2/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
6 slices sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces )
6 good quality hamburger buns (homemade if possible )
6 leaves butter or Boston lettuce


Preheat gas grill to medium high heat. In a bowl mix together mayonnaise, mustard and capers. Cover and set aside. Heat a large fire-proof skillet on the grill. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Set aside to keep warm. Remove all but 2 tablespoons bacon grease.Set frying pan aside. Divide stilton cheese into 6 round pieces. Set aside. In a large bowl combine ground beef, onion, horseradish, garlic, stout, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Form into 12 thin patties. Place 1 round of cheese on 6 patties and top with the other 6 patties pressing to seal cheese inside. Cover and set aside. In a bowl dip tomato slices in buttermilk. Place breadcrumbs and chives in a shallow dish. Dip tomato slices in crumb mixture. Heat frying pan on grill. Place tomato slices in pan and fry about 2 minutes on each side seasoning with salt and pepper. Place on a plate and cover to keep warm. Brush grill rack with oil. Place patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once, until done, about 7 to 9 minutes on each side. Place cheese slices on top of each patty about 2 to 3 minutes before patties are done. Place the buns cut side down on the outer edges of the grill to toast about 2 minutes. Spread mayo mixture evenly on cut sides of buns. Then place patties and fried tomato slices on top. Top with bacon and lettuce and top of buns. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings


I make my own hamburger buns which really adds to the taste of this burger. The fried tomato gives the burger an enhanced flavor and the cheeses put it over the top! Bring on the wine!