The Blarney Burger

The Blarney Burger on FoodistaThe Blarney Burger

This Irish inspired hamburger is big and beefy and filled with rich tastes of whiskey and mustard sauce. Not to mention the earthy flavors of the crumbled bleu cheese nestled throughout the burger. Enjoy!

(makes 4 burgers)
2lbs ground sirloin (grass fed)
1/4 cup Irish whiskey
1 egg
2 tablespoons Worchester
1/2 cup sweet onion – diced
1 tablespoon fresh garlic
1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese (set aside 1 tablespoon)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
4 potato bread baker’s rolls or hamburger buns
Irish Mustard Sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon horseradish
2 egg yolks, beaten

Mix first 7 ingredients together thoroughly… then add salt & pepper. Form patties and pat together well.

Ready To Cook?

Irish Mustard Sauce
Put all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Continue whisking until smooth and thickened to consistency of pudding. This can be made ahead of time and last in the refrigerator for a week or more.

Bleu Cheese Butter-Wash
In a microwave safe bowl, add remaining tablespoon of bleu cheese crumbles and 2 tablespoons of butter and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. Whisk well to create a bleu cheese butter-wash.

Cook meat over medium heat. Be sure to coat grill with non-stick spray. Cook about 8-10 minutes on each side depending on your doneness preference.
Brush bleu cheese butter-wash on the inside of the top & bottom buns and toast on the upper or outer edges of grill. Once rolls are lightly toasted, remove. Set meat on bottom bun and spoon Irish mustard sauce on top of meat patty. Add shredded cabbage and fold top and bottom together. And now you have The Blarney Burger!

The Perfect Bite
I think the perfect bite here… is the first bite. When all those rich ingredients explode in your mouth for the first time. But it’s a burger… so every bite will be perfect. Reserve extra mustard sauce for dipping your burger. I could drink that stuff!

The Perfect Pairing
This wouldn’t be an Irish burger unless you paired it with potatoes. Bobby Flay claims to make the Perfect Fries. I haven’t tried them… but plan to. See the recipe on And of course, on a nice summer’s eve… what would wash this all down better than an ice cold Killian’s Red?

The Perfect Health
When most people think of the cuisine of Ireland… you don’t normally think of cheese right away. Maybe you think beef and potatoes, or Guinness and whiskey. But cheese? Ireland has at least a half dozen cheeses to choose from… and they’re not just cheddar. Read here for a list of their hard to find cheeses.


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