Blue Cheese And Garlic Burgers

2 pounds ground chuck
4 ounces blue cheese
2 Tablespoons garlic, minced and drizzled with olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 loaf of good Italian bread, halved and cut into 4 sections

Preheat your grill. Form the meat into 8 equal balls. In 4 of the balls press them down making an indentation for an ounce of the cheese and 1½ teaspoons garlic and olive oil mixture. Sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt and a generous twist of black pepper. Take another portion of beef and flatten it in your hand — this is the "lid" for our filled burgers — and place it right on top of the filled half and seal lightly around the edges.

While meat is grilling over hot coals (4 to 5 minutes per side), scoop out some of the inside of bread sections and grill the bread until charred marks appear. When the burgers are done place them inside the bread that has been partially hollowed out and top with your favorite condiments.

Yield: 4 servings

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