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Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

LizaLeigh
Take your burger game up a notch with this very classy burger. Pickled red onions, creamy blue cheese, and crisp bacon perfectly compliment a big juicy burger.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 53 mins
Course Hamburger, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Big Burgers

Ingredients
  

Quick Pickled Onions

  • 1/2 Red Onion Thinly Sliced
  • Red Wine Vinegar Enough to cover the Onions in a Jar

Burger Patties

  • 2 lbs Medium Ground Beef Highest quality you can find
  • 3 cloves Garlic Finely Diced
  • 1 Tbsp Herb de Provence
  • 1 tsp Chili Flakes
  • 2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • Salt

Toppings

  • 8 Slices High Quality Bacon
  • Crumbly Blue Cheese
  • Pesto
  • Pea Shoots or Arugula Optional
  • 4 Burger Buns of your choice

Instructions
 

Quick Pickled Onions

  • Add the thinly sliced red onions to a mason jar. Cover with the red wine vinegar. Seal the jar, and give it a shake. Set aside until ready to use. Store in the fridge after using.

Burger Patties

  • Gently break apart the ground beef into a bowl. Add the garlic, herb de provence, chili flakes, and black pepper. No salt for the moment. Very, very gently, toss the seasoning through the beef. Try to not handle the beef too much.
  • Once the seasonings are mixed in, it's time to shape the burgers. Divide the meat in to 4, and very gently shape into 3/4" thick patties. Don't press or squish the patties if you can help it. They will seem delicate, but that's okay! The less you press and squish them, the more tender and juicy they'll be.
    Using two fingers, gently press an indentation into the center of each patty. This ensures that they cook fully in the center without over cooking the edges.
  • Set the burgers on a cutting board or plate. Sprinkle them on both sides liberally with salt. Then let the patties rest for about 20 minutes, while you cook the bacon and prep the grill.

Assembly

  • Cook the bacon to whatever crispiness you like. Drain off the excess fat and set aside.
  • While the burgers rest, heat and oil your grill. If you're using charcoal this can take about 20-30 minutes depending on your grill.
  • Grill the burgers for about 6-7minutes per side over medium high heat. These patties are delicate, so handle with care. All the gentle handling may seem like over kill but you will not be disappointed by the juicy tenderness.
  • Just as the burgers finish cooking, slice and quickly toast the buns on the grill.
  • Plate up the burgers; Start with a generous spoonful of pesto on the bun. Top with the burger patties, then the bacon, blue cheese, pickled onions, and greens of your choice. Top off with bun and enjoy!
Keyword bacon, blue cheese, Burgers, Hamburger