Monday, June 20, 2011

Blue Ridge Mountain Bleu Burgers [Tom & June]

We're currently in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia in a quaint log cabin. We have an incredible view of the mountains which has layer upon layer of various mountain landscapes with the high point being the Blue Ridge.

So how does this translate to food? Well, if you know the "K" family - EVERYTHING translates to food! But here, the Blue Ridge Mountains brings to mind Bleu Cheese Burgers - lots of blue - lots of layers. So here's our Blue Ridge Bleu Burger. We know these probably aren't unique and everyone knows how to make them, but if you haven't tried them with the "extras", you're really missing out. This is "vacation food" - calories and fat content are not being considered!! Simple, incredible flavor, somewhat decadent.....
[Tom & June]
Ingredients to build 4 Blue Ridge Mountain Bleu Cheese Burgers -

First, always start with the freshest, finest ingredients ~
1 lb ground beef (extra lean is better for you but 75% has much better flavor)
1 - 5-7 oz package crumbled bleu cheese (we like Treasure Cave) - add more if you really love bleu cheese
1 medium onion (when in Georgia a Vidalia is a must)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Avocado
4 Slices thick bacon
4 French (deli-style) buns

Saute onion until translucent and let cool. Mix ground beef, bleu cheese, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper & Worcestershire. Make into 4 burgers. Better if made ahead and allowed to blend.

Grill to desired doneness.

While grilling the burgers, cook bacon until crispy. You can grill the bacon if you like - on aluminum pan or foil or just grill if you're feeling brave.

Toast the buns for a little crunch.

Build your Mountain Burger - Toasted Bun, Burger, Bacon, Avocado, Top of the Mountain Bun.

Extra condiments are up to you but this has great flavors on it's own! YUM!

We served this with grilled sweet potatoes. Just added a little butter/brown sugar glaze and grilled.

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