Cast Iron

Horseradish Roquefort Burger

July 18, 2010
1 Rating
Author Notes

We've been on the little league travel baseball circuit for several years now. A lot of the games were played around supper time, and the parents usually brought snacks along. Each week it seemed we tried to outdo our previous snacking experience, and by the end of the season, we saw things like homemade pizza, pasta, cheese platters, some wine (for the grown ups) and an infamous roast beef sandwich, with Roquefort, red onion and horseradish mayo on a baguette, that I made one time, and people still rave about. This burger is inspired by that roast beef sandwich. —mrslarkin

Test Kitchen Notes

Mrslarkin's delectable burger with Roquefort and red onions made the most sinful lunch I've had in a long time. It tasted like a great bar burger, ramped up. Every element was sheer perfection, from the horseradish heat to the bite of arugula. Make this. Soon. You won't regret it. - MrsWheelbarrow —The Editors

  • Serves 4
  • 1 1/2 pounds 80% lean, coarse ground beef, cold (keep the meat in the fridge until you are ready to cook)
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 large hamburger buns of your choice
  • (use a sturdy roll that has a texture more like a ciabatta, with a good chew)
  • good quality mayo and prepared horseradish, equal parts, mixed together well
  • 4 - 6 ounces Roquefort, or any good quality blue cheese, divided into 4 parts and chilled
  • fresh baby arugula
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
In This Recipe
  1. Heat a flat top, cast iron skillet, or nonstick skillet to medium-high. Have all your burger ingredients ready for assembly on your counter.
  2. Form ground beef into 4 patties. Don't pack the meat, or handle it too much. Use a light hand for tender, juicy burgers. Season with salt and pepper. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side, depending on your taste. Remove to a clean platter.
  3. While burgers are grilling, lightly toast the cut side of your buns. Remove to a clean platter.
  4. Now build your burger!
  5. Spread both cut sides of buns with horseradish mayo.
  6. On the bottom bun, place a small handful of arugula, followed by a hot burger, then some cold cheese, some sliced onions, and another dollop of horseradish mayo, if you like. Put your bun tops on, and have at it!

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    24 Reviews

    lorigoldsby March 31, 2011
    I'm hoping the snow stays away so I can grill one for lunch tomorrow! We do bleu cheese burgers all the time, but I hadn't thought about adding the horseradish!
    TheWimpyVegetarian March 30, 2011
    This looks killer! My husband loves burgers and this would be perfect!!
    Oui, C. March 30, 2011
    Wow...three of my favorite words in one recipe name!
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin March 30, 2011
    Hee! I'm glad!
    hardlikearmour March 30, 2011
    I know it's good when I start reading a recipe and my stomach starts to rumble (at 9 in the am no less!!)
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin March 30, 2011
    Sorry to be the cause of your hunger! :)
    Sagegreen August 6, 2010
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin August 6, 2010
    Thanks, Sagegreen!
    cheese1227 July 21, 2010
    Blue cheese and beef, excellent!!
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin July 22, 2010
    Beefy cheesy goodness....Mmmmm....yessssss....
    Sounds great...I'm a cheddar person so I could grate that instead?
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin July 20, 2010
    Sure! I think cheddar would be great here with the onions and horseradish.
    Slurrpalicious July 20, 2010
    It seems perfect..i smell it here :)... seriously your recipe's are great! mouth-watering!!!!
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin July 20, 2010
    Thanks so much, Slurrpalicious!!
    lastnightsdinner July 19, 2010
    You had me at Roquefort ;)
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin July 19, 2010
    Thanks, LND. This, and some of your crazy good onion rings, and I'm a happy camper.
    drbabs July 19, 2010
    oh my
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin July 19, 2010
    I know, right? Thanks, Dr. B.
    TasteFood July 19, 2010
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    mrslarkin July 19, 2010
    nannydeb July 19, 2010
    This made my mouth water! Beautiful photo!
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin July 19, 2010
    Thank you, nannydeb! I think this might be my favorite burger combo, but then again, I think I'd have to eat a bunch more, just to be sure. ;-)
    Lizthechef July 19, 2010
    This gets my vote!
    Author Comment
    mrslarkin July 19, 2010
    Thanks Liz! The last time I made these, the table was quiet, except for "Mmmm"s and "oh, this is so good."