This stovetop blue cheese burger recipe makes a single portion (which is very satisfying for someone who dines alone as often as I do). But because it's exactly for one, the math to double or quadruple or octuple the patty is fairly simple. Scale up as many times as you want—no matter what you do, make a lot of the blue cheese mayo. You won't be sorry. —Eric Kim
For the mayo, mix all of the ingredients together and set aside. If not using right away, keep in an airtight container in the fridge (the rosemary flavor will become more pronounced as it sits, which I love).
Blue cheese burger
For the burger, gently mix together the ground beef, onion, Worcestershire, rosemary, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper until just combined (I use my fingers). Form into a single patty, about the size of your burger bun, making sure to press a shallow indentation in the center so it stays flat when you sear it.
Brush the prepared patty with some oil and plop onto a hot griddle or small frying pan, cooking 3 minutes on the first side and 2 on the second. (Or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F for medium-rare and 160°F for medium.) Let rest about 5 minutes.
To assemble, lay the bottom bun with a healthy pile of arugula, then the warm brisket patty (which will wilt the lettuce slightly), followed by the top bun, which should be smeared generously with the prepared blue cheese mayo.
Eat with French fries or potato chips and a cold beer.
Eric Kim is a senior editor at Food52, where his solo dining column, Table for One, runs Friday mornings. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.