Beef, Bourbon, Bacon And Blue Burgers

Beef, Bourbon, Bacon And Blue Burgers

This 2013 Winning Derby Burger Challenge Recipe was created by Bill Keyer of Louisville.

2013 Winning Derby Burger Challenge Recipe

Created by Bill Keyer, Louisville, KY

Beef, Bourbon, Bacon and Blue Burgers

Makes 4 servings

1-1/2 pounds ground chuck
2 tablespoons steak sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon whiskey
Crumbled blue cheese
4 large sesame hamburger buns, split, toasted
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut in half, cooked crisp

1. Combine ground beef, steak sauce, mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 3/4-inch thick patties. Sprinkle evenly with herbs de Provence.

2. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, cook until lightly caramelized stirring occasionally. Stir in bourbon; continue cooking about 5 minutes or until almost evaporated.

3. Meanwhile, place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 14 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. During last two minutes of grilling, top each burger with blue cheese, as desired.

4. Place 1 burger on bottom of each bun. Evenly top with onions and bacon. Close sandwiches.

Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
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