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Beat the Burger Blues

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Blue Cheese Red Wine Burgers

(Family Features) - There's nothing quite like the aroma of meat sizzling on the grill. The smell drifts through neighborhoods all across the country, making a lot of mouths water in anticipation.

Burgers remain one of the most popular foods to grill. Because they're so common, it's easy to make them the same way over and over again. If your taste buds are suffering from the burger blues, try a little something different:

  • Cajun Burger: Ground beef seasoned with Cajun spices and dressed up with jalapeƱo cheese, chili mayonnaise and pico de gallo sauce.

  • Cordon Bleu Burger: Ground beef patty beneath a layer of sliced ham, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard.

  • Cowboy Burger: Beef patty topped with grilled mushrooms, grilled onion, bacon and Monterey Jack cheese.

  • Gyro Burger: Hamburger topped with white onions, tomatoes and yogurt cucumber dressing.

  • Tex-Mex Burger: Ground beef piled with guacamole, onions and bacon.

In the effort to build a better burger, a growing number of people are turning to organic beef to make their patties. A 2009 study by the American Meat Institute and the Food Marketing Institute showed that 18 percent of shoppers have bought organic and/or natural meats in recent months. The top reasons cited were positive long-term health effects and nutritional value.

The family farmers of Organic Prairie, the same family farmers who produce Organic Valley products, offer organic meats from animals that have been raised humanely, given certified organic feed and have not been given antibiotics or synthetic hormones.

Their recipe for Blue Cheese Red Wine Burgers marinates lean organic ground beef with dry red wine, then tops it off with savory blue cheese. The smell of this burger on the grill will have the neighbors inviting themselves over for dinner.

So when you're tired of the same old burger, beat the burger blues by jazzing it up with some unexpected flavors - your mouth will thank you.

For more mouthwatering recipes, visit organicvalley.coop.

Blue Cheese Red Wine Burgers

  • 2 pounds Organic Prairie Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/3 cup minced green or red onion
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dry red wine, e.g. pinot noir or zinfandel
  • 1 container (4 ounces) Organic Valley Blue Cheese crumbles, at room temperature
  • Organic Valley butter, at room temperature
  • hamburger buns or hard rolls, cut in half
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    1. Gently mix meat, onions, salt, and pepper, then use a light touch to form the mixture into six patties. To prevent the "puffy" effect that occurs when burgers are cooked, make a one- to two-inch indentation in the center of each raw patty.
    2. Place patties in a single layer in a shallow dish. Pour wine over burgers; marinate in refrigerator 1 or more hours, turning occasionally.
    3. Bring meat to room temperature while you prepare charcoals or an outdoor grill. Remove burgers from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels.
    4. Grill burgers to desired doneness. During the last few minutes of cooking time, portion the blue cheese onto the burgers. Butter the buns and toast them lightly on the grill. Place burgers on buns and serve immediately.

Servings 6

SOURCE: Organic Valley

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