Grilled Hamburgers with Blue Cheese Mayo, Barbecued Onions and Arugula

Exciting news/life update incoming: On Saturday, August 5, 2018, Cole (and Neville) took me on a walk to our favorite park in Fremont and made this little life of ours official. That's right folks, he put a ring on it! We are ENGAGED!

So while this post is about this oh so exciting news, it is also equally about the decadent, amazing food that was consumed to commemorate such an occasion. Because nothing says, "let's celebrate our upcoming nups" like a juicy cheeseburger, am I right? 

It was quite serenditipous that I just so happened to have the ingredients to make these scrumptious grilled burgers on the day of our engagement. Because after a day of giddy celebration, watching the Mariners crush the Toronto Blue Jays and consuming a tad too much beer, we came home to grill up these bad boys for a perfect ending to a perfect day. 

While I am mostly a purist when it comes to my burgers (American/cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and/or special sauce), there is something so indulgent and satisfying about a gourmet burger such as these. With creamy, chunky blue cheese mayo that is practically a cheese sauce disguised as a mayo, toasted bricohe buns, charred, juicy burgers, sweet, caramelized and jammy red onions and peppery arugula, it creates for one perfect burger bite worthy of a celebration. 


Grilled Hamburgers with Blue Cheese Mayo, Barbecued Onions and Arugula


  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef, formed into 4 equal sized patties (make sure to consider your bun size!)
  • 1 red onion, sliced into 4 thick slices
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce like Sweet Baby Ray's or Stubbs
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup good gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, like Tabasco or sriracha
  • Salt and pepper
  • Arugula
  • 4 brioche or pub buns


Combine mayo, crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola, worcestershire and hot sauce together in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. This sauce/spread tastes even better with a bit of time in the fridge! 

Preheat a grill to medium high. Brush onions generously with barbecue sauce. Grill until onions are tender and golden, basting with BBQ sauce and flipping occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Season burger patties with salt and pepper on each side. Grill patties until cooked through, 3-4 minutes a side depending on your liking for doneness. Grill buns, cut side down, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.

To assemble, place bed of arugula on bottom halves of buns and top with patty. Top with one slice of barbecued onions. Spread blue cheese mayo generously on the top half of the bun, smoosh and enjoy! 

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