Hamburgers? Yes. But basic fare? Definitely not! What a treat they are, and the wise cook will make up a dozen or so for the freezer. If you like blue cheese, you'll never forget these burgers.

INGREDIENTS

•3 pounds lean ground beef

•4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

•1/2 cup minced fresh chives

•1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

•1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

•1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

•1 1/2 teaspoons salt

•1 teaspoon dry mustard

•12 French rolls or hamburger buns

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, blue cheese, chives, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, salt, and mustard. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

2. Preheat grill for high heat. Gently form the burger mixture into about 12 patties.

3. Oil the grill grate. Grill patties 5 minutes per side, or until well done. Serve on rolls.