Mushroom, Blue Cheese Burgers

Serves 6
Burger Ingredients: 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1 egg, 1/2 cup light parmesan cheese,  3/4 Tbsp crushed garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper
For the Garnish: 1 cup chives (left whole, ends trimmed off), Dani's Blue Cheese Sauce, 6 large croissants (halved)

How to Prepare the Burgers: Mix all the burger ingredients together with your hands in a medium bowl. With edge of your hand, score meat into 6 evenly sized burgers (shape burgers into round disk shapes). Spray grill with a non stick olive oil spray. Pre-heat inside or outside grill (med-high heat). Place burgers on grill for 5-7 minutes on each side (depending on how well done you like it). Place burgers between the croissants. Garnish burgers with Dani's blue cheese, mushroom sauce, and chives. If you are watching your calories, enjoy  burgers without a bun. Or, you can serve as an open faced sandwich using half a croissant or atop a piece of wheat toast. Enjoy!
Dani's blue cheese, mushroom Sauce Ingredients: 1/4 white onion (thinly diced), 8 oz crimini mushrooms (quartered), 8 Tbsp butter, 1 Tbsp flour, 1/2 cup dry white wine, pinch of salt and pepper, 6 oz soft Blue vein cheese (crumbled), 2 Tbsp blue cheese dressing
How to Prepare the Sauce: In saute pan on medium heat combine onions, mushrooms, 4Tbsp butter, salt and pepper and saute, while stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes. On side of pan add flour with additional 4 Tbsp butter and blend together well, to make a roux. Incorporate roux into rest of mixture. Whisk in wine, blue cheese and blue cheese dressing until incorporated well. Let cook for an additional 4-5 minutes on low-medium heat (stirring occasionally) until sauce is reduced down a bit (slightly more viscous). Pour sauce over burgers. Garnish with chives. Enjoy!

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