Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers

by Chrissy

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These burgers. THESE burgers are fan-tastic.

Just the right amount of flavor, all throughout.

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Topped, but not dominated by, blue cheese and crispy bacon, you will be well on your way to a fulfilling food-coma stupor. But it’ll be a heavenly one.

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Using good ground meat is key. We like to use a leaner meat (85/15), and grass fed/organic, when possible. It really makes all the difference.

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Also, don’t flip those burgs to and fro. Just once will do. You don’t want to ruin the beautiful grill lines, or be held responsible for a dry burger via escaping juices.

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The blue cheese might not melt completely on the grill, but don’t worry, the toasted bun will help the process.

Rob and I had some burger building and photo wars. He’s pretty talented with the camera, but come on, there’s no way he’d beat me in making a burger look pretty.

P.S. I’m glad my new camera strap made it into the pic. I love the leather and polka dots Smile.

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He went with tomato slices and ranch.

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I kept it simple and stuck with BBQ sauce..ok and yellow mustard too… I’m a mustard junkie.

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We can attest to the fact that they were both equally delicious. Winners all around.

While we were enjoying the stay-cation in a rad house in San Diego, overlooking Sunset Cliffs, we had many grill-outs, enjoyed good wine with good friends (look, Gio has 3 glasses himself!), enjoyed beautiful fireworks, and we ruled out ever getting Scottish Terriers. Ever.

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I believe that you can only do so much relaxing. So to spruce things up a bit, we jumped off some cliffs. No big deal.

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It’s not that far down, so you can relax now. And it was plenty deep, Scout’s honor.

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The food was even on vacation. Just hanging out, overlooking the ocean, and living the dream, really…until it was time to eat.

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Bacon & Blue Cheese Burgers

Print Recipe!

Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients:

1 to 1.25 lbs. lean ground beef

8 dashes Worcestershire

3/4 tsp. garlic salt (or salt, plus 1 large clove minced garlic)

1 egg

3 Tbsp. breadcrumbs or panko crumbs

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 cup onions, minced

1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped (or use  1 1/2 tsp dried)

Toppings

4 slices bacon, cooked and halved

4 oz. blue cheese, or more to taste

4 buns (we used honey whole wheat)

Condiments (BBQ sauce, Ranch, mustard, ketchup…)

 

Directions:

Cook bacon until crispy, and set aside on a paper towel.

Combine ground beef, Worcestershire, garlic salt, egg, breadcrumbs, black pepper, onions, smoked paprika, parsley and mix well, but don’t over-handle the meat.

Form into 4 large patties (or 5 smaller patties or you can make about 10-12 sliders). Press a divot in the center of each patty and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill.

Over high heat, grill for about 4-5 minutes then flip. Finish grilling until desired done-ness (another 3-5 minutes) sprinkling the blue cheese and topping with bacon in the last couple minutes of cooking. Immediately remove from grill and serve with toasted buns and your favorite toppings.

Note: the yummy asparagus was seasoned with garlic salt, pepper, olive oil and grilled until tender-crisp (about 8 minutes), turning occasionally.

 

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Chrissy

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One Comment to “Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers”

  1. Perfect timing – we just got a brand new sparkling BBQ and are having a burger bar this weekend. Blue cheese and bacon will be on the menu! What an awesome cliff jumping spot – gorgeous!