This burger is what all burgers should be, over the top awesomeness. I know that is saying A LOT, but this burger is extra special. Just ask my mom, I think it was her favorite meal. Like maybe ever?
She’s kind of a red meat loving freak though.
I fully realize that this burger is a tad high maintenance. I mean, the awesome thing about burgers is that they are typically pretty quick and painless. Yeah, well I will be the first one to admit this burger’s got some baggage. But it’s delicious baggage, so in this case, I think having a little extra baggage is an A OK thing.
Just say right, cause if you don’t, I’ll argue it till death. It’s Wednesday and I feel like Wednesday’s should not be for arguing, so let’s just not go there.
I also want to put it out there that yes, I am well aware I am taking the Irish recipes to a whole new level this month, but I love being able to just get excited (even about small holidays) over simple things and have a little fun with life. I figure if you can do it, than why the heck shouldn’t you. GO FOR IT. Live life, have fun, be happy, right?
Wow, when I type things I sound so positive. This is not me in REAL face to face life. I should work on that. Easier typed than done.
But, but, but….this burger… SO GOOD. Packed with two cheeses, a whiskey glaze and crispy onions. This burger is huge, full of flavor and textures and a decent amount of liquor. What? Hey, it’s the Irish way.
The patty itself is really simple. Just good beef, blue cheese, salt and pepper. It’s all you need to make a good burger. Have I ever mentioned before that I grew up eating “the other half” of my dad’s leftover blue cheese burgers from The Rush Inn in Lakewood, OH? To this day, I think those are my favorite burger/memories. I could never eat much of anything back in those days, so I’d just eat off my dad’s plate, but even as a little kid, I LOVED blue cheese. I didn’t really know that I was eating moldy cheese, but it just tasted so good! Those burgers though, the ones from the Rush Inn? Well, let’s just say if you live in the area, you should totally go get one. I am not sure if they are still just as good, but for your sake I hope so.
Back this Jameson whiskey blue cheese burger though. So you have a blue cheese stuffed patty and then there is the whiskey sauce. Oh this sauce, I think this sauce is what makes these burgers SO DELICIOUS. Aside from all the cheese…of course. The sauce gives the burger a little kick of saltiness and tang. You can’t strongly taste the whiskey because you cook it down on the stove, but it leaves a nice hint, which is really all you need. If there is one element to this burger that you decide you do NOT want, don’t let it be this sauce.
Next up, the Guinness cheese sauce. Sure you can totally just throw a slice of cheddar on and call it a day, but cheese sauces are so much better. They are creamy, butter, cheesy and in this case, a little beer spiked too. Gotta love that.
The onions? The onions are just perfect. Crunchy, fried and perfect and this is coming from an onion – sometimes lover/sometimes hater (they have to be used in just the right way).
Make the onions.
Lastly, I know this seems like a lot of effort for a burger, but I promise it’s all pretty simple stuff…just a few steps, but YOU CAN DO IT.
- Crispy Onions
- 2 large white onions, halved and then sliced very thin
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- pinch of pepper + cayenne pepper
- oil, for frying
- Whiskey Glaze
- 1/4 cup whiskey
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 4 ounces blue cheese, cut into 4 cubes
- salt and pepper, for sprinkling
- 4 good quality buns, toasted
- Guinness Cheese Sauce
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup guinness beer
- 1/2-1 cup milk
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper, to taste
To make the crispy onions, add the sliced onions to a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over top. Use your hand to submerge the onions in the buttermilk. Allow the onions to sit in the buttermilk 10-30 mins. Meanwhile add the flour, salt and a pinch of both cayenne and pepper to a bowl and give it a good toss. When ready to fry the onions heat a large pot of oil until it reaches 375 degrees F. or until a pinch of flour sizzles when sprinkled over the pot. Remove a handful of onions from the buttermilk and place them into the flour mixture. Coat the onions in the flour mixture, and then tap them on the inside of the bowl to shake off the excess. Carefully drop the onions into the hot oil. With a spoon, fiddle with them a bit just to break them up. Watch the onions closely as they cook quick! After about 1 or 2 minutes, they should be golden brown, remove from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining onion slices. Onions are best served right away, but can be reheated in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes, watching them closely and making sure they do not burn.
To make the whiskey glaze, add the whiskey, ketchup, soy sauce, honey, mustard, Worcestershire, cayenne and pepper to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Keep warm over low heat until read to serve (or store in the fridge and warm before serving).
To make the burgers, divide the meat into 4 sections. Place a cube of blue cheese in the center of each and then inclose the cheese in the meat forming 4 patties. Place the patties on a plate. Preheat the grill or a grill pan to medium high heat, once hot, season the burgers with salt and pepper and then grill until your desired doneness. About 4-5 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove the burgers from the grill and and cover with foil to allow the burgers to rest while you prepare the cheese sauce.
To make the cheese sauce, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, and once it’s melted and bubbly add the flour. Whisk together to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture gets a bit golden in color. Add the beer and 1/2 cup milk, stir and turn down heat to low. Continue stirring until milk thickens. Add in the cheddar cheese and continue to stir until mixture is smooth. If the sauce seems too thick, thin with more milk. Season with salt and pepper.
To serve, place each burger on a toasted bun. Top with a good amount of whiskey glaze and cheese sauce. Add those crispy onions and then the top bun...give it a good squash and DEVOUR!
*Inspired by the Claddagh Pub, once located in Westlake, Ohio.
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