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Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Caramelized Onions – Grill Madness

March is symbolic to people for many reasons from religious-inspired days like St. Patrick’s Day and Lent, to the beginning of spring and the end of winter.  But the GrillFather knows what most important about March: Grill Madness baby!  As bracketology roars to life, Grill Madness continues with Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Caramelized Onions – a fatty, overindulgent trophy to game day food like no other.

Begin by grilling sliced sweet onions in butter to caramelize, then fry bacon the same pan.  Mix together ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha, cumin, and salt and pepper, and form into 8 equal size patties.  Rub each patty with olive oil and grill over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, and flip.  Add a small mound of crumbled blue cheese to each patty allowing it to melt. For a little extra debauchery, add a small spoonful of the bacon and onion drippings from the frying pan on each patty, but not too much though so it doesn’t drip off and cause flare ups.  Assemble each burger on toasted bun with thousand island, tomato slice, patty, grilled onions, bacon, and lettuce for a monument to excess.  Fire up the grill, make sure to wear a bib or apron to keep your team jersey spotless, and try to stay awake through the food coma for all the action. This is Grill Madness.

Makes 8 burgers

Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Caramelized Onions Ingredients

  • 8 Medium-Sized Plain Hamburger Buns
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef 10% fat
  • 1/2 lb Bacon
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion sliced
  • 1 Large Tomato sliced
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 8 Tablespoons Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 8 Tablespoons Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Siracha or other preferred hot sauce
  • Ketchup optional

Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Caramelized Onions Directions

  1. Heat the butter in a medium sized frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced sweet onions and lower the heat to allow them to simmer in the butter. Cover, and continue to cook them for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that they do not burn, until they look like the photo on the left. Once the onions are done, place them in a bowl and set them aside. Then grill the bacon in the same frying pan until they have reached the desired crispiness.
  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  3. While the onions and bacon are cooking, mix the ground beef, worcestershire sauce, siracha, cumin, and salt and pepper together in a large bowl until well blended. Shape the mixture into patties that are about 1 inch in height and 5 inches across. It is okay if they are wider than the buns, the patties will shrink when they’re cooked. Rub olive oil around each patty. 
  4. Grill over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side or until the desired doneness.
  5. Once you flip them a final time, add 1 tablespoon of crumbled blue cheese to the top of each patty and allow to sit there for a few minutes before removing the patties from the grill. Place the patties on a tray lined with paper towels. Toast the buns lightly, then lay them out open-faced. Place 1 tablespoon of thousand island dressing on the bottom of each bun, then place a tomato slice, a patty, a small scoop of caramelized onions, a piece or two of bacon, a leaf of lettuce, and then place the top bun on top of the lettuce. If you want you can also put some ketchup on the top bun before placing it on the burger. Serve immediately.

Taken from AdventuresInCooking.com

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