If you love a classic burger then you will love this blue cheese burger recipe with pomegranate onion relish to balance the flavor with freshness and sweetness. It’s a great lunch or dinner recipe that layers different flavors from different regions to create a beautiful dish.

Blue Cheese Burger topped with pomegranate onion relish on a wooden board with two meat knives on the side.

Pomegranate is a tropical fruit that consists of multiple seeds. The seeds create a juice that has a tart flavor with a hint of sweetness. On the other hand, blue cheese has quite a pungent taste but when combined it makes the flavor balancing and smooth.

How to Create a Juicy Burger

The first requirement for a juicy burger is using high-quality meat, like beef chuck or something similar. When using quality beef you won’t even have to season it much. Keep it simple with just salt and pepper so that the flavor of the beef can shine.

The second crucial requirement is using the proper cooking method. It’s important to start with searing the patties by cooking them on high heat. Then once the outside is seared, you’d want to lower your heat and cook the inside of the patties to medium. This takes just a few minutes but the timing can differ depending on your stove. So around the 4-5 minute mark make a small incision in one of the patties to check if it’s good. Remember that the patties will continue to cook when you let them rest in tinfoil, so always take them out before the optimal doneness.

Step-by-Step Guide for Making this Blue Cheese Burger Recipe

The key to making a good blue cheese burger recipe lies more in the ingredients than in the cooking technique. Using fresh, high-quality, ingredients is crucial for the flavor. The only cooking technique you’ll need to master for this recipe is grilling the patties to the right doneness.

Step 1: Season the meat

When using high-quality meat, actually when using any type of meat, how you prep your meat will determine how tasteful it’s going to be. The meat has to be at room temperature before seasoning. For burgers made with high-quality meat, use only salt and pepper and let it sit to marinate in the fridge.

If you can’t get your hands on high-quality meat, you can choose to add some extra spices like smoked paprika. Just 1-2 teaspoons will be more than enough to enhance the meaty flavor and add more umami to the patties. If you dare to go bold you can add 2 teaspoons of soy sauce instead. This will not only help the flavor but also soften the structure to get the soft, stringy, inside when cooking to medium.

Step 2: Make the sauce & relish

Make the relish and sauce beforehand so you can chill it before serving. To make the pomegranate onion relish you’ll need to tap out the seeds out from the pomegranate. The seeds produce a natural juice which, together with the lemon juice, is what creates the relish. Slice the red onion in half-moon shapes and mix it with the pomegranate seeds and juice mix. Let it sit to absorb as much flavor as possible.

The blue cheese sauce is similar to a blue cheese dressing. You crumble the cheese (or buy crumbled blue cheese) and mix it with the remaining ingredients. Use a fork to smooth the mixture as much as possible. If you want the sauce really smooth then use a food processor instead.

Step 3: Grill the patties & bread

As mentioned before, grilling the patties the right way is essential. Heat the grilling pan on high heat and sear the patties on both sides. Once the outside is seared, lower your heat and cook the inside of the patties to medium. Depending on your stove it may take around 4-5 minutes. Wrap the patties in tin foil. Remember that the patties will continue to cook when you let them rest in tin foil, so always take them out before the optimal doneness.

When removing the patties, don’t turn the heat off. Instead, grill the bottom buns in that delicious grease to add flavor to the buns.

Step 4: Assemble the Blue Cheese Burger

To assemble the open face burger, start by adding a dollop of blue cheese sauce on the bun. Add the lettuce to the bun, followed by the patties, and the relish. Serve immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I put in my hamburger meat?

If using high-quality meat, only season with salt and pepper. If you can’t get high-quality meat, add either 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika or soy sauce.

Do you season burgers before or after?

Always season before and let rest for the best result.

What does adding eggs to hamburger do?

Adding egg to hamburger makes it stick together better and softens it when cooking. However, this isn’t necessary when using good-quality meat.

Should I add breadcrumbs to hamburgers?

Same as eggs, breadcrumbs help with the structure of the patties, and the same as eggs if your meat is good, it’s not needed.

Blue Cheese Burger topped with pomegranate onion relish on a wooden board with two meat knives on the side.

Blue Cheese Burger Recipe with Pomegranate Onion

Omaily Lucas
A flavorful blue cheese burger recipe topped with a pomegranate onion relish to balance the flavor with freshness and sweetness.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Servings 4 burgers

Equipment

  • Tinfoil

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound 500 grams ground beef chuck (or other high-quality ground beef)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Pomegranate Onion Relish

  • 2 pomegranate seeds
  • 1 medium red onions sliced half-moon
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt

Blue Cheese Sauce

  • ¾ cup (145 grams) sour cream
  • 1⅓ cups (240 grams) mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup (115 grams) blue cheese crumbled
  • Butterhead lettuce cleaned and dried cleaned and dried
  • 4 hamburger buns buttom

Instructions
 

  • Let the beef come to room temperature then season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate in the meantime.

Pomegranate Onion Relish

  • In a bowl mix the ingredients for the onion relish. Cover and place in the fridge.

Blue Cheese Sauce

  • Take another bowl and mix the ingredients for the blue cheese sauce. Cover and place in the fridge.

Make the Burgers

  • Create 4 patties from the ground beef. Heat the vegetable oil in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the patties and sear them on both sides. Lower the heat to medium-low then cook them for another 5 minutes to medium (see note 1). Remove them from the pan and wrap them in tin foil.
  • Place the bottom part of the buns in the grill pan with the inside down. Cook for about 3 minutes or until they get a nice crust.
  • Form the burgers by adding a dollop of blue cheese sauce to the bun. Place the butterhead lettuce, then the burgers, and top it with the onion relish.

Notes

  1. Remember that the patties will continue to cook when you let them rest in tin foil, so always take them out before the optimal doneness.
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