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Blue Cheese Burgers (Serves 8 to 10)

Copyright 2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten, Clarkson/Potter Publishers, All Rights Reserved

Photo: Quentin Bacon

2 pounds ground chuck
1 pound ground sirloin
3 tablespoons Crosse & Blackwell steak sauce
6 extra-large egg yolks
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter
8 to 10 hamburger buns
8 ounces blue cheese, such as Danish Blue
Arugula, for serving
Sliced tomatoes, for serving

In a large bowl, carefully mix the meats, steak sauce, egg yolks, salt, and pepper with the tines of a fork, but do not mash the mixture. Lightly form hamburger patties and press lightly into shape. Press a thin slice of butter into the top of each hamburger, making sure the meat entirely encases the butter.

Prepare a charcoal or a stovetop grill and cook the hamburgers for 4 minutes on one side, turn, and cook 3 minutes on the other side for medium-rare. Remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the hamburgers to rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grill the buns, cut side down, for 1 minute, until toasted. Place a hamburger and a slice of blue cheese in each bun, plus arugula and tomato serve hot.