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Cowboy Burger

Blue Cheese Cowboy Burger

  • Author: Dr. Mark Hyman


A juicy and healthier burger that can be a delicious part of your summer bbq.



  • 1 pound lean ground grass-fed beef
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 t. black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbspgrapeseed oil
  • 1/2 large Vidalia onion finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbled


  1. Remove the beef from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking. This will allow your burgers to cook more evenly.
  2. Divide the beef into 4 equal sections and gently shape into patties. The more you compress and manipulate the meat, the rougher the texture will be once it cooks.
  3. Season both sides to taste with salt and black pepper. Gently press the seasonings into the meat with the palm of your hand.
  4. Heat the butter and oil in a large cast-iron pan over medium heat. After two minutes lay the burgers in the pan and start to brown them. The key to a great burger is the crust. In order to get a good crust, you have to let the beef sit undisturbed for at least 3–4 minutes.
  5. After 3–4 minutes, carefully lift up one of the patties with a spatula to check how brown it is. Ultimately, you will want a deep golden brown. Lower the heat and take the burgers out of the pan briefly if they are browning too fast.
  6. When you think they’re ready to flip, add the onion to the pan in four little piles. Flip the burgers onto the onion piles and cook on top of the onions.
  7. Now add the blue cheese if you want it melted over the tops of the burgers, otherwise just add it after the burger is cooked.
  8. Cook until the onions are caramelized and the patties are cooked through, 3–4 minutes.
  9. Turn off the heat, transfer the burgers to a plate, and let rest for 3–4 minutes.
  10. Serve with your choice of condiments or with a lettuce “bun.”


  • Use grass-fed lean beef to elevate the omega-3 content in this burger and benefit from disease-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is found only in grass-fed beef and certain kinds of dairy like blue cheese.
  • Taking caution to not burn your meat is important for various reasons including the fact that the burning of meat causes various potentially carcinogenic chemical compounds to be formed including acrylamide, heterocyclic amines, nitrosamines and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.


  • Serving Size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 168
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 8 g
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