Blackened Blue Burgers

Classic Cajun blackening spices coat these burgers stuffed with blue cheese. Of course you can eliminate the blue cheese or substitute smoked cheddar or Montrachet or another goat cheese.

Serves 6 to 8.

1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2½ pounds ground beef
¾ to 1 pound blue cheese, crumbled or cut into 6 to 8 equal pieces

1. Preheat the broiler.

2. Place the oregano, peppers, garlic powder, thyme, paprika, and salt on a plate and stir to mix.

3. Divide the ground beef into 6 to 8 pieces of equal size. Divide each portion in half and form into patties. Place the blue cheese on half the patties, top with the other halves, and re-form into patties. Seal the edges by pinching them together. Dredge the patties in the spice mixture. (You can cover and freeze the patties for up to 3 months.)

4. Place the patties on a broiler pan or baking sheet, set it about 2½ to 3 inches from the broiler, and broil for about 3 to 5 minutes per side (longer for well-done.)

From Warehouse to Your House: More than 250 Simple, Spectacular Recipes to Cook, Store, and Share When You Buy in Quantity (Simon & Schuster, 2006)