Bacon Cheeseburgers with Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Serves: 4 // Prep time: 20 minutes | Grilling time: 8 to 10 minutes


·         ½ cup crumbled blue cheese

·         3 tablespoons mayonnaise

·         2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

·         Freshly ground black pepper

·         4 cups shredded coleslaw blend

·         4 slices thick-cut bacon

·         1½ pounds ground chuck (80% lean)

·         1 teaspoon kosher salt

·         4 thin slices mild cheddar cheese

·         4 hamburger buns, split

·         4 very thin slices red onion


1.       In a medium bowl mix the blue cheese, mayonnaise, vinegar, and ½ teaspoon pepper to make a dressing. Add the coleslaw blend and toss in the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2.       In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp, about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain the bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel.

3.       Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400° to 500°F).

4.       Mix the ground chuck, salt, and ¾ teaspoon pepper, and then gently form four patties of equal size, each about ¾ inch thick. With your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow indentation about 1 inch wide in the center of each patty to prevent them from forming a dome as they cook. Refrigerate the patties until ready to grill.

5.       Grill the patties over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to medium doneness (160°F), 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last minute of grilling time, top each patty with a slice of cheese and toast the buns, cut side down, over direct heat.

6.       To assemble the burgers top the bottom of each bun with a patty, a strip of bacon (torn in half), an onion slice, and the coleslaw. Serve warm.


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