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The Cape Codder

This is a great local American burger because it includes an ingredient that is both unique and vital to this region.The climate and sandy soil of Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod is perfect for growing cranberries. Cranberry bogs are a part of the scenic backdrop when traveling through the area. As a teenager
I spent a couple of summers planting and caring for new cranberry bogs. Cranberry growers are always looking for new uses for their product and we love this one.

Ingredients 

1 Cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1/4 Cup crushed Pecans
1/4 Cup chopped Craisins
2 lbs. ground beef
3 Cups loosely chopped Boston lettuce
1/2 medium sized red onion sliced
2 Tbsp. raspberry vinaigrette dressing
6 Tbsp. blue cheese dressing
6 Kaiser rolls split

Instructions 

In a bowl mix Gorgonzola, crushed pecans, and chopped craisins to a paste.
Divide cheese mixture into 6 equal parts.
Divide ground beef into 6 equally sized balls.
With thumbs make a deep indentation into burger balls.
Insert portion of mixture into indentation in burger ball and mold to conceal inside.
Flatten ball to size of roll making sure to keep cheese mixture inside.

In a bowl toss lettuce and raspberry vinaigrette. Set aside.

Preheat gas grill on high heat for ten minutes.
Place patties evenly on grill.
After 30 seconds turn grill to medium heat.
Grill 3-4 minutes.
Flip burgers and grill 4 more minutes.

To build burgers:
Place burger on kaiser bottom.
Top burger with dressed lettuce and three red onion rings.
Drizzle 1 Tbsp. blue cheese dressing on top.
Cover with Kaiser roll top and serve.

Comments 

While some of the preparation may seem complicated it is actually very quick and easy. Total prep time is about 15-20 minutes.