Peanut Butter, Maytag Blue Cheese and Bacon Jam Burger

About the Recipe

An homage to the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this burger features some off-the-wall ingredients that come together and balance each other out to make a weirdly delicious cheeseburger. The funky-tang of the Maytag blue cheese blends well into the smoothness of the peanut butter and creates this uber-creamy "sauce" atop the burger, while the bacon jam serves the role of jelly on this burger, but a much more delicious jelly. Altogether, this burger is one of the most unique concoctions, but don't knock it till you try it - it's memorable.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • 2 oz mayonnaise
  • 8 oz Maytag Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz peanut butter
  • 4 oz bacon jam
  • 2 oz Cajun seasoning
  • Salt & pepper
Maytag Blue Cheese Wheel with peanut butter, blue cheese and bacon jam burgers

Directions

  1. Form the beef into patties weighing just over ⅓ of a pound (~6 oz patties). Be sure to make the patties larger than the bun, as they will shrink when they cook. I like to form the patties on parchment paper, season generously with Cajun seasoning, salt, pepper and set aside.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on the hamburger buns and set them aside.
  3. Heat a grill or griddle to medium heat. I used the Coyote gas griddle because I like the large flat surface to make diner-style burgers.
  4. Sear the burgers on each side for about 2-3 minutes per side, while also toasting the hamburger buns on the griddle.
  5. After the buns are toasted, spread a layer of bacon jam on the bottom of each bun, and a layer of peanut butter on top of each bun. Then, crumble about 2 oz of Maytag blue cheese on top of the peanut butter.
  6. When the burgers are done cooking, place the patties on top of the bacon jam, and top with the top bun.

What is Maytag Blue Cheese?

The award-winning Maytag Blue Cheese is made in small batches from the milk of Holstein cattle from local Iowa dairy farms. Our cheesemakers add Penicillium Roqueforti spores to the completed product to give our Maytag Blue Cheese its distinctive green veining. The cheese is then aged in caves located in the hills of Maytag Dairy Farm, where it is exposed to cool temperatures with high levels of humidity. The result is an award-winning artisanal cheese that is moist and creamy yet crumbly in texture that is slightly pungent with a lemony finish. Each wheel and wedge of Maytag Blue Cheese is hand-wrapped in decorative foil.

Coyote Flat Top Gas Griddle

Coyote Flat Top Gas Griddle on freestanding cart

Coyote Stainless Steel Freestanding Flat Top Gas Griddle, 30-Inch (C1FTG30-CT) provides a premium grilling option for your outdoor kitchen. The Coyote flat top griddle features complete 304 stainless steel construction and has been manufactured for high performance with two individually controlled heating zones and a heavy gauge cooking surface for even heating across all 400 square inches of cooking space. Additional features include an LED gas supply safety light, stainless steel cover and removable grease trap. The cart features a pair of drawers that provide storage space for all your tools and accessories. Fold-down side shelves offer space when you need it and extra room when you don't, while industrial-quality locking casters offer easy movement. The largest drawer offers the perfect space for propane tank storage (if applicable), and the entire cart comes fully assembled for easy installation.