Saturday, June 14, 2014

BBQ Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers


My husband and I order Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers every time we go to an alehouse/pub style restaurant. We've tried making them at home in the past, but they never seemed to taste as good. Until this burger.

The key was to put the blue cheese and bacon IN the burger, not just on top, so you get a little melty, tangy blue cheese and salty bacon in every bite. Then top with a pile of caramelized red onions and a drizzle of homemade BBQ sauce. NOW you have a burger. 

I have to thank my parents for the idea. They made a fantastic burger with blue cheese crumbles and bacon wrapped around the outside. I was in a hurry so I just added the bacon inside the burger, and it worked! 

Now let's talk about the toppings. Caramelized red onions and homemade BBQ sauce...yes, please! Sure, they take some extra time, but are super easy and can be made ahead of time. Can this burger get any better?

Well, I guess the only thing that makes this burger better is to serve it along side a cold beer.

BBQ Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers
Servings: 4

Burger:
1 lb. ground beef (80% fat)
5 oz. blue cheese crumbles
8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Salt and pepper

Caramelized Red Onions:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 red onions, quartered and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper

Homemade BBQ sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
5 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. dried onion flakes* 
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper
(*For a perfectly smooth sauce, substitute with a little onion powder.)

Other:
Lettuce
Toasted Hamburger Buns

For the Caramelized Red Onions, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and spread into an even layer. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the onions are soft, sweet, and caramelized. Season with salt and pepper to taste. While the onions are cooking, prepare the BBQ sauce.

For the BBQ sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 25 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. While the BBQ sauce is simmering, prepare the burgers.

For the Burgers, preheat a gas/charcoal grill. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, blue cheese, and bacon crumbles together. Form into 4 patties. Lightly season the outside of each patty with salt and pepper. 

Place the patties on the grill and cook until desired doneness, flipping once. Serve on a toasted bun, then top with caramelized onions, BBQ sauce, and lettuce.

Source: BBQ sauce adapted from Cooks Illustrated

4 comments:

  1. I like the idea of putting the bacon and blue cheese in the burger. It looks really good!

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    1. Thanks! I used to put the blue cheese and bacon on top and then the blue cheese would all fall off when I tried to eat it. Problem solved! :)

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