Sous Vide Burgers with Blue Cheese and Walnuts


I grew up in a cooking family and after getting a degree in Spanish and Anthropology, realized what I really wanted to do was to go to culinary school. After working in a NYC bank for a few years, I managed to get to culinary school and got my first jobs in NYC kitchens ...

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The savory combination of these walnuts and blue cheese seems to be a perfect complement to beef in any form, whether a steak or even a more humble burger. Feel free to add additional blue cheese to the burger, but it seemed like gilding the lily in this case. In the finishing step, keep a close eye on the searing, as the walnuts go from toasty brown to burned in a few seconds. Served the burgers with a creamy coleslaw or apple-filled crunchy Waldorf salad.
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Pro-level cooking techniques made simple.

Ingredients for 6

  • 3 ounces creamy blue cheese, at room temperature

  • ¾ cup roughly chopped walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 60ºC.

  • Step 2

    Use a fork to mix blue cheese, ¼ cup walnuts, and parsley together in a small bowl.

  • Step 3

    Divide beef into 12 equal portions. Flatten 6 portions into burger patties, about 1/4 inch thick.

  • Step 4

    Top the patties with an equal amount of the blue cheese filling.

  • Step 5

    Flatten the remaining portions of beef into patties. Place on top of blue cheese and seal, making 6 burgers.

  • Step 6

    Seal each burger in its own quart-size zipper lock bag using the water immersion technique.

  • Step 7

    Place bags in the water bath and set the timer for 40 minutes.

  • Step 8

    While the burgers cook, place the remaining walnuts in food processor and process until finely ground. Place finely ground walnuts on a plate and set aside.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove bags from the water bath. Carefully remove the burgers from bags and pat dry on paper towels.

    • Step 1

      Gently press each burger into the finely ground walnuts.

    • Step 2

      Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmering, place the walnut-crusted burgers into skillet and sear until deeply browned, about 1 minute on each side.

    • Step 3

      Serve immediately.

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