August 2, 2011

Blue Cheese & Bacon Burgers {Naptime Everyday}

Burgers

What’s Going on Today: Heat wave city – beaching it all day!

Naptime Goals: Prepare burgers and leave in the fridge for the afternoon, prep Caprese Pasta Salad

Tonight’s Menu: Blue Cheese & Bacon Burgers, pasta salad.

The only blessing about the heat wave two weeks ago was that my daughter tired out much more quickly than usual and spent a significant time each afternoon napping like a pro. The heat took so much out of her it was all she could do to stay awake until 1pm after playing outside all morning! During naptime, I’ll admit, I had no interest in turning on the oven. Even though our air conditioning works well it still felt too hot to cook with heat. Instead I decided to prep a favorite summer meal that requires barely any heat to make: grilled burgers and cold pasta salad.

During naptime I formed the burger patties and prepped the bacon in the microwave. I covered the patties with plastic wrap and kept them cool in the fridge until grilling time around 7pm. Admittedly, it was still pretty hot at that hour, but my husband was happy to turn on the grill to make a quick burger whilst sipping a cold beer. During naptime I had also prepped the salad by boiling the noodles and tossing them with the cheese, tomatoes and infused olive oil.

I’ve written about a few of my favorite burger recipes over the past two summers and this is another one from that file. To flavor the meat I dusted it with salt and pepper and topped it with blue cheese and chopped crisp bacon. The cheese and bacon were added toward the end of the grilling to ensure it melted properly without being overcooked. Sometimes I stuff the burgers with the bacon and blue cheese, but I’ve come to prefer it on top since the cheese gets overly runny when stuffed inside the patty. The finished burger was the perfect tasty meal on our hot evening. We happily devoured our tender patties in our air conditioned kitchen, enjoying each tangy, salty bite while dreaming of cooler temperatures.

Recipe

 Bacon & Blue Cheese Burgers

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
    1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
    4 pieces bacon, roughly chopped

    Instructions

    For three or four burger patties with the beef and liberally sprinkle each patty, on both sides, with salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator, covered with plastic, until ready to grill. Heat the grill to medium heat and grill the burgers for about five minutes per side, or until desired doneness. For the remaining two minutes of grilling top each burger with blue cheese and bacon and place the cover on the grill to help the cheese melt slightly. Remove and serve on toasted burger buns.

     

    Naptime Notes

    Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

    As noted above, the patties can be stuffed with blue cheese and bacon if preferred.

    Naptime Stopwatch

    5 minutes for form the patties, 10 minutes to cook

     

    Naptime Reviews

    These are always a hit with the two of us. We are still working on getting our daughter to come around to blue cheese!

     

    • Georgia

      These look so up my alley. I love a burger where the juice drips down to my elbows ;)

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      it was so simple to make to,amazing!the bacon makes the hamburger so tender,the cheese also makes this more tasty. I followed this exactly.I just want to suggest that it’s also good if you add some eggs.

    • http://www.chasingdelicious.com/mint-chocolate-chip-cupcakes/ Russell at Chasing Delicious

      These burgers look delicious. I love bacon and blue cheese and burgers. So I’m in heaven here.  I also love the concept of your blog. 

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       Burger is one of the simplest fast food and I love to Mc Dee Burger because its mad in different way.