market week: meal 4, burgers stuffed with goat cheese, potato pancakes + arugula

July 16th, 2009

How do you make a cheeseburger better? Stuff it with a treasure chest of goat cheese rolled in garlic and rosemary. I’ve made a habit of buying most of my meat from the same vendor at the market, partly because they’re awesome, partly because they have samples of maple sausage that lure me from a block away. In the booth next to them, a woman sells these amazing little goat cheese logs that come either plain or rolled in something awesome like cinnamon and cranberry or rosemary and garlic. Last week when I purchased my ground beef for burgers, a light went on upstairs and it seemed like a match made in heaven, a little coin of goat cheese stuffed inside a delicious burger.

Stuffing a burger isn’t hard. Just take a hunk of meat and gently flatten it so it’s about 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch tall. Do that again, stick a piece of cheese in between them and pinch the sides together. See how easy that was? Cook as usual, I did it about 4-5 minutes on each side for a medium burger.

What you get is a moist burger with oozy, creamy goat cheese hitting your tongue with each bite. Pair it with potato & thyme pancakes and a little salad and you’re set.

burgers stuffed with goat cheese
makes 2 burgers

1/2 lb ground beef (or turkey)
goat cheese
salt and pepper

1
Season your beef with salt and pepper. Gently make a patty in your hand, about 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch tall. Repeat 3 more times.
2
Place a piece of goat cheese, 1 1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch tall, on top of 2 of the patties. Place the remaining patties on top of the cheese and gently press the sides together.
3
Cook as usual, or 4-5 minutes on each side over medium heat.

Comments: 10 Total

  1. Katy

    July 16, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Whoa…those burgers sound aMAZing!

  2. Shaw Girl

    July 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

    That sounds AWESOME! There is a fantastic goat cheese vendor at my favorite market, so I think I’ll give these a try when I’m on vacation in two weeks! Thanks again for hosting this fabulous blog event!

  3. Brandon

    July 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Those look great! We bought goat feta at our farmer’s market a few weeks back and did the same thing (but my mother’s didn’t come out looking quite so delicious!).

  4. Sarah

    July 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    You had me at goat cheese! It is my FAVORITE, what a great recipe. I’ll be in NYC next weekend and want to check out some of the local farmers’ markets. Any suggestions?

  5. Sarah

    July 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    You had me at goat cheese! It is my FAVORITE, what a great recipe. I’ll be in NYC next weekend and want to check out some of the local farmers’ markets. Any suggestions?

  6. Laura.

    July 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    i am totally drooling.

  7. City Girl

    July 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Looks amazing :) Do you go to the market at Grand Army Plaza? That’s where I used to go when I lived in Brooklyn, and I do remember an amazing goat cheese vendor. My husband still talks about that goat cheese :)

  8. Yesica N. Cook

    July 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    What a fantastic idea! They look great…

  9. rabbittrick

    July 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Oh wow this looks so delicious I almost fell off my chair. Lipsmacking!

    Those plates look lovely, by the way =)
    I’ve been looking for plates like these, to no avail.

  10. Kelly

    July 21, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    sarah,
    i hope it’s not too late.. definitely check out the union square greenmarket in manhattan. it’s up and running monday, wednesday, friday but the super big one is saturday. have a great time!

    rabbittrick,
    the plates are vintage hellerware. you can still find them on ebay. cb2 has a ceramic version (mine are melamine) that is similar.

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