Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bleu Bacon Burgers

Whenever we go out for a burger, which isn't all that often, I immediately scan the menu for any kind of a blue cheese burger.  This is my burger restaurant go-to selection.  And this recipe here is a combination of all of my favorite one's.  Each ingredient and topping marries in with the next creating a nice smooth flavor experience.  Each one compliments the next.  Starting with the sweet honey bun, then the spicy beef, the salty bacon, the bitter cheese, the crunchy onion, the sweet juicy tomato, the tangy pickles and the creamy sauce over it all. 

2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef
4 tsp. of McCormick's Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2 lb. of pre-semi cooked bacon (done-but still a little bit limp-it will crisp up on the grill)
crumbled blue cheese
sliced tomatoes
sliced red onion
sliced dill pickles
blue cheese salad dressing
honey flavored hamburger buns
1 recipe of my Seasoned Oven Fries:   http://tonya-justcooking.blogspot.com/2011/05/seasoned-oven-fries.html

-Preheat grill to a medium-high heat.  Place ground beef and steak seasoning in a medium sized mixing bowl and knead well to thoroughly combine.  Separate into desired amount of patties.  Toss onto the top rack of the grill and cook for about 5 minutes on each side (depends on the thickness/ size of the burger).  Once the burger is almost done on the second side, place a few pieces of bacon across the top and a handful of the crumbled blue cheese right on top.  Grill for about 3-4 more minutes or until the cheese puffs up a bit and just barely turns light brown on the top.  Remove from grill onto a clean plate (never use the same one that you brought the raw patties out on!)  Assemble on a soft honey bun with a thick slice of tomato, some thin slices of onion, a couple pickles and a drizzle of blue cheese dressing.  Serve with my Seasoned Oven Fries.  Serves 4-6.  Enjoy!

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