This juicy burger combines 4 of my favorite B words: bleu cheese, burger, brioche, and BACON. The caramelized onions don’t hurt either.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which, aside from it’s actual, patriotic purpose, also means BBQs, a three-day weekend, and the start of summer. We decided to kick off this wonderful weekend with dinner on the back porch. Dan does all the grilling, so I focused on the toppings inside while he cooked the burgers. With that type of teamwork, dinner was done in no time.
These burgers pack a serious punch of flavor with a hefty amount of bleu cheese and a hint of Worcestershire sauce, but the brioche buns help to calm the powerful flavors.
I think I was inspired for this burger by one of my favorite meals ever. I was just barely 17 years old on a family vacation camping and hiking through Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks (among others on that trip) and we stopped in a small town for a night in a hotel. We all got the chance to shower and put on non-hiking clothes to go out to eat. We had been eating lunchmeat sandwiches and camp dinners for a few days, and I ordered a salad with steak, bleu cheese, caramelized onions, candied pecans, and a balsamic vinaigrette. I was in love. Ever since, I’ve been attracted to anything that combines beef, bleu cheese, and caramelized onions.
I mean seriously. Just look at how juicy that burger is.
I think the key to a tasty burger is good beef. Not the kind that’s $1.99/pound at a supermarket. Go to a butcher. Get the real stuff. And it’s really not that much more expensive. We’re incredibly luck to have a butcher around the corner, and it makes all the difference. Butchers often have pre-made burger patties too, if you want a shortcut (just be sure to add some salt and pepper to both sides.)
Bleu Cheese Bacon Brioche Burgers
- 1 lbs ground beef
- salt and pepper
- 3 yellow onions sliced thin
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 c bleu cheese crumbled
- 4 tbsp. sour cream
- 8 slices bacon cooked
- 4 brioche buns sliced in half and toasted
- Preheat grill on high heat.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add oil and butter. Add thinly sliced onions and cook, stirring frequently, on medium-low heat for 20 minutes. When almost finished cooking, add 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce.
- Mix 1/2 cup of bleu cheese with sour cream and remaining 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce.
- Using your hands, add salt and pepper to ground beef and create 4 equally sized patties. Sprinkle both sides with a bit more salt and pepper. Cook patties over high heat, about 6 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 155.
- Assemble burgers starting with bottom bun then bleu cheese spread, burger, sprinkle remaining bleu cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, then top bun.