Chimichurri Burgers with Wisconsin Gouda Cheese

Chimichurri Sauce:
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, halved, and seeded (or more, to taste)
3/4 c. packed stemmed parsley leaves
1/2 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine or sherry vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1/2 tsp. dried red pepper flakes (optional)

1 1/2-lbs. ground beef chuck
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
4-oz. Gouda Cheese, diced
4 Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, split

For the sauce, combine the garlic and jalapeño in a food processor. Process until finely minced. Add the parsley; process until finely minced. Scrape down the work bowl. Add the oil, vinegar, and salt; process until well-combined. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the oregano and red pepper flakes. Let the sauce rest for 2 hours, if possible, to blend the flavors.

For the burgers, prepare a barbecue grill or preheat a ridged grill pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the chimichurri sauce into a large bowl. Add the meat, salt, and pepper; mix well. Divide the mixture into 8 balls. Form each ball into a thin patty, about 5 inches in diameter. Divide the cheese over four of the patties, and top with the remaining patties. Seal the edges well, enclosing the cheese. Grill the patties over medium-hot coals (or follow ground meat directions if using a gas grill) or in the preheated grill pan for 5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 160° F. If desired, place the buns, cut sides down, on the grill during the last 1 minute of cooking, or toast the buns in the oven or under the broiler. Place the patties in the buns and serve with the remaining chimichurri sauce.

Note: If desired, additional Gouda cheese, thinly sliced, may be placed over the patties during the last minute of cooking.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipes and images courtesy of © 2015 Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

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