Red, White and Blue Burgers
2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 (1-ounce) envelope onion soup mix
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced or pressed
1 tsp dried Italian herbs
1/4 cup prepared roasted red bell pepper, drained and diced
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 (3-ounce) pkg. cream cheese, softened
Put the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the soup mix,
the garlic, Italian herbs and bell pepper. Mix well and divide into 8 portions.
In a medium bowl, combine the blue cheese, cream cheese and the remaining onion
soup mix. Divide into 8 pieces. Place a piece of the mixture on each portion of
beef, shaping the beef around the cheese to form balls. Flatten into burgers
about 3/4-inch thick. Refrigerate an hour or longer before cooking. (This will
blend the flavors and firm the cheese so it doesn't melt too quickly.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Lightly spray a broiling pan or rack set in a
roasting pan with cooking spray. Set a large nonstick skillet on medium-high
heat. When hot, sear the burgers for 1 minute on each side. Transfer to the
prepared pan. Bake about 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through in the
center. Serve immediately.
NOTE: The burgers can also be grilled over medium-hot coals about 5 to 6 minutes
per side, or until cooked through.
Makes 8 burgers.