Blue Cheese & Crispy Shallot Burgers

I've been craving burgers in a fierce way lately. It started with the burger I got last week for lunch that lead to sliders I had over the weekend and another burger I had for lunch yesterday. Tonight my burger craving was still going strong so I made burgers for dinner. With the exception of my recent sliders, all the burgers I've had this past week were topped with blue cheese and included caramelized onions. Tonight, blue cheese found it's way into my burgers along with crispy french fried shallots.

Normally I prefer my burgers simply seasoned with garlic salt and pepper, which is then topped with cheese and other varied toppings. Since I had 93% lean ground beef to work with, I needed to add some fat into the mix so I combined the ingredients to make my patties. After they were grilled in my grill pan, off they went to settle inside a soft, sweet King's Hawaiian sandwich bun. Mmm... I think I've finally satisfied my burger craving!

Blue Cheese & Crispy Shallot Burgers
original Joelen recipe, inspired by favorite burgers ordered out

1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef (93%)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup french fried shallots*
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
Salt to taste (although you may not need it since the cheese is salty enough)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

* I found french fried shallots at my local asian market, since it's often used as a garnish. If you can't find them at the store, you can make your own or use french fried onions instead.

Combine the above ingredients in a bowl and mix carefully without overworking.

Form 6 patties or 12 mini patties for sliders.

Place patties on a hot grill or grill pan. Cook to your desired wellness and serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.


  1. Sometimes I'll get those burger cravings that take multiple burgers to cure. I do feel like the burgers here aren't nearly as good as those in the midwest, though.
    I love the addition of the crispy shallots.

  2. love these. I get fierce burger cravings too. but you seriously cured it with the crispy shallots.

  3. The bleu cheese burger alone sounds amazing, but topped with those crispy shallots--that's amazing. I wish I could have this for lunch right now! Delicious!

  4. I don't think I have ever seen crispy shallots, but I am seriously craving a burger now!

  5. I've had burgers with bleu cheese on top but what a great idea to mix it in with the ground beef so that the flavor is totally imbued!

  6. I made this with ground turkey, crispy fried onions, and pesto mayo and it was DELICIOUS. Thanks, Ate Joan!

  7. Made this tonight! I used French's fried onions and Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce. Served along with homemade baked potato wedges. My husband devoured this!Drizzled fresh ranch and more blue cheese on top. Tasted just like a burger we buy up the street. Love that I made it so much cheaper. I've now made 2 of your recipes this week. Trying your pork egg rolls in a few days :)