These Grilled Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce are made with ground beef, cooked on the BBQ until juicy and topped with a creamy topping!
These Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers are great when you want a classic burger with a bit of a twist. They're made with ground beef patties that are seasoned and then finished with a totally decadent and creamy blue cheese sauce.
Grilling season has officially arrived here in Minnesota and I'm not mad about it. The air is fresh, flowers are blooming, and we can finally walk out the front door without the air hurting our face.
After a long winter all I want to do is hang outside on the patio and enjoy meals hot off the grill. One of my fave things to prepare on the grill are burgers. You simply cannot beat a juicy burger piled high with toppings.
If you like blue cheese as much as I do you're going to love these grilled burgers.
Blue cheese or not there is just nothing better than grilled burgers to ring in the warmer months!
How To Season Grilled Burgers
Normally I am all about lots of spices but that's not necessarily the case when it comes to burgers and steaks. I like to add just enough seasoning to highlight the flavor of the beef but not so much that the spices overpower it.
Good quality meat paired with a salt, pepper, and a few spices along with a solid grilling technique will yield excellent results (and have you craving things like burgers and steaks on the regular).
When it comes to grilled burgers I recommend using ground beef with a decent amount of fat. Super lean ground beef may result in burgers that are dry and lacking in flavor. When it comes to burgers fat = flavor!
I opt for 85|15%, 80|20%, or even 70|30% fat content when choosing ground beef for burgers. I don't eat burgers to be healthy - I eat burgers because they taste good.
- To make and season the patties divide 2 lbs. or so of ground beef into 5 portions. Each portion should weigh about ⅓ lb. or 6 oz. (A kitchen scale is a GREAT way to accurately weigh and portion each portion so that the patties are of equal size and cook evenly).
- Once the ground beef is divided form each portion into a patty using your hands. (Press the meat into firm patties just until formed. It's important not to overwork the meat or it may become tough).
- Place the patties on a plate and sprinkle ½ tsp. of both garlic powder and onion powder and ¼ tsp. kosher salt and pepper over the first side.
- Repeat and sprinkle another ½ tsp. of both garlic and onion powder and another ¼ tsp. salt and pepper over the second side.
How Long To Cook Burgers On The Grill
That layer of seasoning on the outer surface of the burgers creates a nice crust when the meat hits the hot grill and provides just enough savory flavor to bring out the natural flavors in the beef.
When it comes to grilled burgers sometimes less is more. It seems that there is a lot of advice out there that involves fancy cuts of meat, complicated techniques, and expensive equipment and most of it is completely unnecessary.
My husband consistently grills fantastic food using nothing but a Weber grill and, trust me, there is nothing fancy about our setup.
You can use any type of grill you have from charcoal to gas.
- The first step is to make the grill nice and hot (medium-high on a gas grill). Once the grill is hot place the burgers on the direct heat. The heat will sear the outside, create a nice crust, and help to lock in the juices.
- Cook the burgers uncovered for 4-5 minutes on the first side, flip, and grill for another 4-5 minutes on the second side.
- Move the burgers to the outer edge of the grill away from the direct heat (or reduce to medium on a gas grill), cover, and continue to cook until done.
A Few Things About Grilled Burgers:
- DO NOT press the burgers down with a spatula. This will dry them out and it's completely unnecessary.
- Flip the burgers once during the cooking process. There is no need to flip them over and over again.
- Let the burgers sit for a few minutes after removing them from the grill. This allows them to retain their juices.
- Cooking times will vary depending on how well you like them done. This is a personal preference but it is important to remember that the safe internal temperature for ground beef is 160 degrees. The internal temp may be checked using a food thermometer.
The Best Way To Cook Burgers Without A Grill
Don't have access to an outdoor grill? No problem!
An indoor grill pan is a great option when grilling outdoors (like, most of the year in Minnesota) isn't possible.
I love a heavy cast iron grill pan for burgers. The pan is placed on the stove top and provides a nice alternative to grilling outside.
- If using a grill pan, heat the stove to medium high heat. The surface should be hot so the burgers get a sear on the outside. This will also help lock in the juices.
- Cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes on the first side. Don't press down on them with a spatula. This will release all the juices and dry them out. They should release after 4-5 minutes without sticking.
- Flip them and do the exact same thing on the other side. Both sides of the burger should have nice grill marks.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook until the burgers reach desired doneness OR an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (this can be measured with a food thermometer).
How To Make Blue Cheese Sauce
The thing that makes these Blue Cheese Burgers is, of course, the blue cheese sauce that tops them. It's basically a version of my blue cheese dressing.
I could literally eat this stuff on top of ANYTHING.
- To make it combine ⅓ cup mayo, ⅓ cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, ¼ tsp. garlic powder, and a pinch of kosher salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
- Stir until completely combined using a fork or a small whisk.
- Add ½ cup of blue cheese crumbles and ⅓ cup of fresh or dried chives and stir until combined.
The sauce may be prepared while the burgers are cooking or can be made a few hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Any leftover sauce may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Gorgonzola may be substituted for blue cheese crumbles if you prefer.
If you love blue cheese be sure to check out this Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing!
What To Serve With Blue Cheese Burgers
Once the burgers have finished cooking and the blue cheese sauce is prepared it's time to assemble the burgers!
Burger condiments vary depending on personal preference so there are no hard and fast rules.
- I like to keep things simple with a few pieces of butter lettuce and a slice of tomato but you can add as many (or as few) veggies as you like.
- Place the burgers on a gluten free burger bun (or regular bun if not GF) and drizzle with a generous portion of the blue cheese sauce. Seriously, lay it on there. These burgers are not diet food.
And I never say no to a burger served with a crunchy pickle and a side of potato chips.
Love burgers? Check out these recipes!
- Juicy Lucy Burger
- Guacamole Cilantro Burger
- Black Bean Mushroom Burgers
- Air Fryer Frozen Turkey Burgers
- Grilled Burgers with Jalapeno Burger Sauce
If you're not in the mood for a burger check out this Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Pesto Mayo!
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Grilled Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce
- Grill or Grill Pan
For The Burgers:
For The Burgers:
- Heat grill to medium high heat.
- Form 2 lbs. of ground beef into ⅓ lb. patties. Once the patties are formed do not overwork them or they may become tough.
- Place the burger patties on the direct heat and cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes on the first side. Flip once and cook uncovered for another 4-5 minutes on the second side.
- Move the burgers to the outside of the grill or over a more indirect heat, cover, and cook until the inside reaches desired done-ness. The safe internal temperature for ground beef is 160 degrees Fahrenheit (this may be checked using a meat thermometer).A general cooking guide:3-4 minutes for medium-rare4-5 minutes for medium7-8 minutes for well-done