One of the benefits of this whole pandemic is that I’ve had more time at home to play around with recipes and cooking new things. Don’t get me wrong, I am starting to miss getting dressed up to go out for dinner, and missing someone cleaning up after me, but I have been having a good time playing around with new recipes and flavors. Before everything in California was shut down again, we were out at our local pub and I spotted this recipe for a mouthwatering bacon and blue cheese burger on the menu. I knew I had to recreate this flavor combination – of course I made some additions to make it extra delicious!
There’s just something about a hot summer day that calls for a cheeseburger on the grill. Here are some tips that can help you make juicy burgers at home:
- Use 80/20 ground chuck – This is a relatively high fat content which means that you’ll end up with juicy burgers.
- Season with salt and pepper ONLY – Sprinkling salt and pepper on the outside of the burger and skipping other seasonings or herbs means you’ll taste the burger. Don’t turn your cheeseburgers into meatloaf patties!
- Only flip your burgers ONCE – Once you place the patties on the grill, allow them to stay there for about 3 minutes to form a nice crust. This will help your burger to stay together when you flip it over. Flip it, let it sit for an additional 3-4 minutes, until it reaches your desired doneness.
- Get the temperature just right – I like to use a thermometer for cooking meat. It helps you achieve the perfect doneness of anything, burgers alike. I like me burger medium, which takes around 8 minutes, but a thermometer will help me find that exact temperature and let me know when its ready.
There’s plenty of summer left for burger grilling so head over to the Living Litehouse blog and get the recipe for these Mouthwatering Bacon and Blue Cheese Burgers. Serve them up with a side of sweet potato fries or a homemade pasta salad and enjoy a warm day on your patio.
Blue cheese not your thing? Try these other delicious burger recipes instead: