Fresh Off The Grill – Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers

August 22, 2016

Fresh Off The Grill - Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers
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With Summer coming to an end I’m trying to get as much grilling in as possible before the cold winds of Winter hit. We are entertaining family this weekend so I decided on a classic, satisfy everyone burger. Who doesn’t like burgers, right?

There are two things you need for super juicy, flavorful grilled burgers: Fat and seasonings. For the best tasting burgers, choose ground meat with a higher fat content. For example, an 80/20 ground beef is perfect for grilling burgers anything other than that would produce a pretty dry burger.

On its own, ground beef doesn’t have much flavor, so it is important to add additional seasoning. For this recipe, a combination of sweet Italian pork sausage, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic and fresh rosemary are used to pack a lot of flavor into each bite. As an added bonus, the Worcestershire sauce and onion increase the juiciness of the burger without adding a lot of extra fat.

This recipe doesn’t specifically call for bacon, but Mr. R says it is a wonderful addition to the blue cheese and avocado! Score!

Fresh Off The Grill - Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers

Tip: For best results, grill burgers over direct, high heat for 8-10 minutes. Actual cook time will depend on the thickness of your burgers and the desired degree of doneness. Add softer sliced cheese to the patties about 1 minute before they are done. For harder, chunkier cheese, such as crumbled blue cheese, move your burgers to indirect heat a couple minutes before they are finished. Then add the cheese and close the lid for 2-3 minutes until it has completely melted.

Let’s move on to that recipe, shall we?!

Fresh Off The Grill - Blue Cheese and Avocado Burgers
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. regular ground beef (80/20 preferably)
  2. 1 lb. sweet Italian pork sausage
  3. 3 T. Worcestershire sauce
  4. ¼ c. white onion, very finely minced or grated
  5. 4 cloves garlic, very finely minced or grated
  6. 3 T. fresh rosemary, stems removed and leaves finely minced
  7. Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional toppings
  1. Lettuce
  2. Tomato slices
  3. Blue cheese
  4. Sliced avocado
  5. Bacon
Instructions
  1. Clean grill grates and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large glass bowl and combine thoroughly. Make sure both types of meat and all seasonings are completely incorporated throughout the mixture.
  3. Divide meat mixture into 8 equal parts and shape each part into ¾ inch thick patties. Place patties on a lined tray and use your thumb to create an indent in the middle to keep them from puffing up while cooking.
  4. Cook patties over direct, high heat on your grill for 8 – 10 minutes. Final cooking time will depend on desired level of doneness and how thick you make each patty.
  5. If topping with soft, sliced cheese, add slices about one minute before cooking is complete. If using a harder, chunky cheese, such as blue cheese, move burgers to indirect heat 2-3 minutes before they are done. Top with blue cheese and close lid to allow cheese to melt completely.
  6. Serve on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, slices of avocado and bacon, if desired – or top with your favorite condiments, instead.
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Do you have favorite burger combination that’s sure to please a crowd?

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