Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

Nuvita Biscuits
This bacon blue cheese burger combines salty cheese and bacon and sweet caramelized onions for a fully balanced flavor experience that could even survive a heavy dose of ketchup. One logical shortcut might be mixing blue cheese crumbles in with the ground beef, but we’ve found that too much of the cheese melts out and what’s left behind is overly salty. The addition of cheese throughout also prevents the burger from cooking evenly.
For the burgers
2 pounds freshly ground beef
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces blue cheese, sliced
12 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and drained on paper towels
6 large Hamburger buns, preferably homemade
For the caramelized onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large white or red onions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium heat. Add the onions, stir briefly to coat with oil and cook without stirring for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Flip so that the onions on the bottom of the pot are now on top, and cook for another 10-12 minutes. Flip one more time, lower heat and allow onions to caramelized until completely brown — about 15 minutes — gently stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside. These can be reheated before you put the burgers together.
  3. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, onion powder, salt and pepper until just combined. Do not overmix, or your patties will be tough.
  4. Divide into six portions and form patties, without pressing too hard. They should be uniform in thickness. Smooth out any cracks using your fingers. Make these right before you grill them, so they stay at room temperature.
  5. Preheat your grill, grill pan or cast-iron skillet to high heat and add burger patties. If using a grill, cover with the lid.
  6. Cook until the crust that forms on the bottom of the burger releases it from the pan or grate — about 2 minutes. Gently test, but don’t flip it until it gets to this point. When burgers lift up easily, flip, add enough blue cheese to cover completely, close lid if using a grill, and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes for medium to medium rare.
  7. Remove patties carefully using a metal spatula and transfer to buns. Top with caramelized onions and bacon and serve immediately.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Jason on Mar 17, 2013

    It had tomato sauce, caramelized onions, kalamata olives, garlic oil, mushrooms and no cheese (real or fake). I didn’t eat the crust either.

  2. posted by John on Mar 18, 2013

    I have “dijonnaise” but I also have regular dijon mustard and regular mayonnaise. I do not have capers, tarragon, or parsley.
    However, I do have garlic powder, basil, ginger, etc. and an array of other basic spices.
    I only need enough to spread on buns for 4-6 burgers.
    This is what I’m using it for:
    French Bistro Burger
    Hamburger adorned with Gruyère cheese and garlic mustard mayonnaise, on a French roll.

  3. posted by apleaforbrandon on Mar 18, 2013

    Le Burger Brasserie at the Paris Las Vegas offers a Kobe beef and Maine lobster burger with caramelized onions, imported brie cheese, prosciutto, 100-year aged balsamic vinegar and a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon Champagne or Chateau “Latour” 1982 Bordeaux, all for just $777. (Fries extra)

    I just got back from Las Vegas and ate there. I had “Le Bleu,” with blue cheese, avocado and smoked bacon.

    I just wonder if anyone has ever heard of someone ordering the $777 burger? Do they grind it fresh daily just in case someone wants it?
    I know about Kobe beef and how the cattle are handled. My question was does anyone really order it as a hamburger and how can the restaurant keep it in stock and fresh?

  4. posted by Cole on Mar 19, 2013

    I want to make it all from scratch. So knowing how to make chicken mince would help!
    okay just to add I realize you grind the chicken up but what about flavour? Its gotta be flavoursome! So anyone with spices and sauces you add to make a really tasty burger

  5. posted by Vultre9 on Mar 21, 2013

    I am planning on opening a cafe, but need to know a variety of sandwiches so I can please my customers. I am not talking about things like peanut butter and jelly, everybody knows what that is and it’s a kid sandwich (No offense to the many adults that eat them), I am talking about adult sandwiches. Like, turkey cranberry.

    Thank you guys so much for your help.

    Elle :)

  6. posted by nick s on Mar 21, 2013

    For a basic cheese burger, what is something creative to add to the recipe?

  7. posted by apleaforbrandon on Mar 21, 2013

    I think an Italian needs three meats, definitely not less and preferably not more. These meats are a sweet, probably honey baked ham, hard salami and pepperoni. The best cheese to use is mozzarella, type it caramelized onions and mayo and you have yourself a meal.

  8. posted by Agent 47 on Mar 21, 2013

    I’m trying to use up old ingredients in my pantry to get rid of some wonton wrappers. I was thinking of putting chicken and some parmesan cheese in the filling as a ravioli, and then putting some balsamic glazed caramelized onions on top as the sauce. Opinions?

    If not that, maybe a potato and onion filling (like perogies) with the same onion glaze.

    Yummy recipes for wontons are appreciated!

  9. posted by lets roll on Mar 21, 2013

    I made a yummy salad with caramelized onions the other day but to caramelize my onions I add quite a bit of sugar in em. I want to do the same thing tonight but i’m also going to add bacon for a sweet and salty contrast. I saw on Giada delaurentis’s show that she caramelized onions and they looked very very dark in comparison to mine, how do you do that? Should I just stick to adding sugar?

  10. posted by soccermaster1 on Mar 22, 2013

    I’m tired of the same old thing… but don’t really know what to do for burgers on the grill (and since we’re having them tomorrow for Labor Day… I’d love to try something different).

    Any and all ideas are welcome!

    Thank you!

  11. posted by Brian on Mar 25, 2013

    I love cheese, all types. What is your favorite cheese on a burger?

  12. posted by Derek on Mar 25, 2013

    To hear about an execution on the news is rare to hear and when there is news of one, the media always make a big deal about that. Why is that?

  13. posted by wwwavid360gamercom on Mar 26, 2013

    I have quite a few friends coming over for memorial day but i’m pretty tight on cash. what can i make for dinner that will feed a lot of people but is cheap? Also i have 1 friend who is a vegetarian so maybe a side dish or something i could make so she wont feel left out, lol. Please any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks!!

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