Grilled Hamburgers
Grilled Hamburgers

Grilled Hamburgers, Napoleon Style

Napoleon Bonaparte ate like the typically busy American does – quickly. Twenty-first-century style demands that you hurry up and don’t keep anyone waiting. Why else is there an abundance of fast-food restaurants where you can order a cheeseburger combo, pay at the window, and take off within five minutes (eating while you drive)? Sound familiar to you? Slow down, stop taking too much on your plate (no pun intended), and stock up on nutritious groceries instead of fatty cheeseburgers for a change (Did you know one regular/small cheeseburger averages 18 fat grams, 374 calories, 873 sodium, and 41 carbohydrates?).

But I like cheeseburgers!

Okay, then head for the meat market in your city. Request the best ground beef they have. Buy at least four pounds for one- or two-member families, and make your own cheeseburgers. Find a way to cut down on the calories, fat, sodium, and carbs. Enjoy the experience, and savor the flavors. Do this long enough (I hear you can make things a habit in 21 days), and you’ll forget about the fast-food cheeseburgers.

What does Napoleon have to do with cheeseburgers?

Read “Food Fit for Napoleon” on the blog, Elizabeth Pye, a historical fiction author to learn more about whether he would eat a cheeseburger if he lived today in America. The article shows a study of the type of food Napoleon ate and his style of eating. For instance, his habit was to eat quickly, and he liked to eat a filet of beef and loved potatoes. See? Already, you can see how he would go for the drive-through cheeseburger combos – beef patties and French (he’d feel right at home), fries.

Have you ever had a Napoleon cheeseburger? That’s a hamburger with Roquefort cheese, the kind of cheese Napoleon Bonapart liked. I happen to love it, too. It’s good on salads and hamburgers. Here’s my recipe should you decide to try it:

Napoleon Style Cheeseburger

Napoleon Cheeseburger

Grill a Napoleon burger with Roquefort cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 800 kcal


  • 2 lbs 80% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings a blend of herbs and spices
  • 1 ounce Slice of Roquefort Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Sweet Onions
  • 6 slices Tomatoes
  • 6 leaves Lettuce
  • 1 bag charcoal
  • 1 bag Mesquite wood chips
  • 1 bottle Lighter fluid
  • Mayonnaise and/or mustard
  • 1 pkg Onion buns or baguettes to make it more French style


  1. Mix the ground beef with the seasonings and form into 6 patties, add salt and pepper if you desire, and store in the refrigerator.

  2. Prepare the grill, add the charcoal, light the charcoal, then add a handful of Mesquite wood chips that have been soaked for thirty minutes.

  3. Slice the onions, wrap them in foil, seal, and place the onions on the grill while hamburgers are cooking.

  4. Or heat a cast iron skillet on the stove, pour enough vegetable oil in the pan to just cover the bottom, then add the onions.

  5. Cook the onions about five minutes on medium heat.

  6. Toast or bake the buns or baguettes (just long enough for the buns to be lightly toasted or according to directions on the baguette package).

  7. Add mayonnaise and/or mustard according to your taste.

  8. Place the hamburger, cheese, onions, tomato, and lettuce inside the buns, and enjoy.

Notice that the calories on the Napoleon Cheeseburger are pretty high, but those can be cut down with a few changes. Since these patties are large, you may want to shape smaller ones. You can also choose a different type of hamburger bun with fewer calories. Choose a light mayonnaise rather than regular, or just use mustard. And if you really want to cut out extra calories, eat the hamburger without the bread but with all the fixings, skip the cheese, and you have a hamburger steak.




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