Blue cheese stuffed burgers

Ban blase burgers and up your grilling game by tucking a chunk of cheese, a spoonful of sauteed mushrooms or some chopped grilled red pepper inside your patties. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

Blue cheese stuffed burgers

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6-8 minutes
Servings: 4-6

Note: Adapted from Sam Zien's "Just Grill This!"

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
2 ounces blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons butter, softened
Olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
4 to 6 pretzel rolls or other buns, toasted

1. Mix beef and seasoning salt in a bowl. Form into 4 or 6 burgers. Combine blue cheese and butter in a small bowl; mix well. Make an indentation in middle of each burger with your thumb; fill with some blue cheese mix. Fold burger around the mix; seal well.

2. Lightly oil each patty; season with pepper. Heat grill to medium-high. Cook burgers, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Serve on toasted buns.

Nutrition information:
Per serving (for 4 burgers): 479 calories, 48% of calories from fat, 25 g fat, 12 g saturated fat, 130 mg cholesterol, 22 g carbs, 39 g protein, 828 mg sodium, 1 g fiber.