Recipe By Chef John
Published Jun 27th
Black and Blue Steak Burger
Prep 20m Cook 25m Additional 30m Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 4 burgers Calories 435.5

Why chop up perfectly good steaks to make burgers? Why, for the extraordinary taste and texture, of course; and it’s nice to know exactly what you’re eating. Most ground meat from the store is too fine, horribly overworked, and a little tough by the time you form it into patties. We avoid that problem by using a sharp knife and partially frozen meat. Plus, the sharp, savory funkiness of blue cheese helps form a glorious crust as the meat sears into it.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¾ pound fatty rib-eye steak
  • ¾ pound top sirloin steak
  • 2 ounces blue cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 2 ounces pickled red onions, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Slice steaks in half, then into strips about 1/4-to 1/2-inch-thick. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until very cold and firm, but not quite frozen, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Place blue cheese in the freezer as well so it's easier to handle.
  2. 2 Chop the partially frozen steak with a sharp knife or meat cleaver until it resembles coarsely ground meat. Crumble about 1/2 cup (unpacked) blue cheese on top; use the cleaver to fold and chop it into the meat.
  3. 3 Lightly dampen your hands with water and roll the mixture into 3 or 4 patties. Flatten onto individual pieces of plastic wrap; seal and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  4. 4 Unwrap patties and continue pressing them to your desired thinness. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  5. 5 Heat a dry cast iron pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Sear each patty, without disturbing it, until a crust forms on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the surface springs back when lightly pressed, about 3 minutes more.
  6. 6 Spread some mayonnaise over each bottom bun half. Serve patties on the buns, topped with pickled red onions.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 435.5
  • Carbohydrate 23.9 g
  • Cholesterol 79.6 mg
  • Fat 23.1 g
  • Fiber 1.3 g
  • Protein 30.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 8.9 g
  • Sodium 915.4 mg
  • Sugar 0.1 g

Chef's Notes

This will also work with cheaper cuts like chuck, or round, but there's a certain luxury to starting out with meat that's already tender before it's even chopped. If you can find some extra flavorful dry-aged beef, this will be even more memorable; Feel free to use no cheese, or a different variety, but the blue cheese promises impressive crustification; To make your own quick-pickled red onions, season 1 sliced red onion with a big pinch of salt, cover with red wine vinegar, and refrigerate overnight, or until the onions turn color and soften slightly.


  1. This was incredibly tender and tasty. So much better than ground beef. Be sure to watch the video for some valuable tips. Next time I will try using gorgonzola cheese for a different taste. I also made a second burger without blue cheese for my wife but the burger fell apart while cooking. I will - Read more ...
  2. everybody loved it & cooked exactly 3 minutes each side.. perfect & easy!
  3. Best burger I have ever made!! It will be hard to buy store bought ground beef ever again.
  4. Will make again.