Burger with Cayuga Blue Cheese & Garlic Paste


  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • Sea salt, preferably gray sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garlic Paste, recipe follows
  • Cayuga Blue
  • 1 loaf good crusty bread
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled garlic cloves, store bought
  • Gray sea salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat the grill. In a bowl, mix the meat. Form 4 (3-ounce patties) by using a scoop. Push them down and make little indentations in the middle to hold the flavors. Place a teaspoon of garlic paste in the middle of each patty and add a little chunk of blue cheese tucked right on top of the garlic paste. Take another 3 ounce scoop of meat, make it flat in your hand and place right on top of the other half.

Roasted Garlic Paste:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Roast cloves in the oven for about 50 minutes or until they are nicely browned. When cool enough to handle easily, put the roasted garlic into a small bowl, mash with a fork and add oil from the pan until a paste forms. Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week.