Blue Cheese Stuffed Moose Burgers

So I have this awesome mother-in-law that lives in Alaska.  And she kind of hooks me up occasionally with some awesome sockeye salmon filets, smoked salmon, and some wild game.  This time I ended up with a couple pounds of ground moose.  What to do with ground moose?  Make burgers!  Amazing, gourmet, like you paid $20 at a fancy restaurant burger.  And I do have to give The Hubs some credit on this one.  He had a brilliant idea.

He kind of has a peeve with putting blue cheese on burgers.  Not because it doesn't belong there, but because blue cheese tends to have a hard time staying on top of a burger - it more often than not ends up on the grill grates than on the meat.  The solution was to make a well in the meat and fill it with the cheese.  Brilliant I say!  And to top it off, I found a bottle of some sweet steak sauce and a chipotle mustard.  Holy crap we're getting fancy in here!  Seriously though, when you are cooking with ground meat, it doesn't mean that you have to be boring.  Splurge a little on some nice cheese.  Get a gorgeous, red tomato.  And mix it up a little with your sauces.  Ketchup and mustard can get boring.  Don't be afraid to experiment, because sometimes the end result is AH-MAZING!

Blue Cheese Stuffed Moose Burgers


1 lb. ground moose burger
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
French fried onions
Green leaf lettuce
Kroger Sweet and Spicy Steak Sauce
Private Selection Fire Roasted Chipotle Mustard
Onion hamburger buns


1. Preheat grill over medium heat.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine meat, bread crumbs, eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, allspice, salt, and pepper.  With a spoon, mix well to combine all ingredients.

3. Divide mixture into four parts.  Pinch about 1/4 of each portion off and set aside.  Take the larger portion and form into a patty in your hand.  Make a well in the center of the patty using the bottom of a measuring cup.  Fill well with 2 Tbs. of blue cheese crumbles.  Cover cheese with the smaller portion that you pinched off and press meat together to enclose the cheese.  Make sure to pinch the ends together to seal.  Repeat with remaining meat.

4. Place patties on grill and cook 8 minutes on each side (total 16 minutes).  Remove from grill and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.  Serve on onion buns with lettuce, tomato, french fried onions, steak sauce and mustard.

Serves 4
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