Blueberry Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers Pairing: 2016 Wahluke Slope Syrah

Blueberry Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers Pairing: 2016 Wahluke Slope Syrah


1 lb. ground round beef 85% lean
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns
1 1/2 cups arugula leaves
4 oz. blue cheese crumbles
4 slices thick-sliced smoked bacon cooked until crisp

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Basil Aioli
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic minced


Basil Aioli

  1. Coarsely chop enough fresh basil leaves to make 1/2 cup.
  2. Combine the chopped basil with the mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, and minced garlic, stirring until smooth. Season with kosher salt to taste, then refrigerate until ready to use.

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the blueberries and other barbecue sauce ingredients to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Keep warm until ready to use.


  1. Lightly oil the grates of a gas grill and preheat to 450 degrees.
  2. Form the ground beef into 4 equal patties, being careful not to overly pack the meat together. Season both sides liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Cook the burgers over direct heat for 6 minutes, watching carefully for any flare ups.
  4. Flip the burgers and cook for 4 more minutes on the other side, or until done.
  5. Assemble the burgers
  6. Spread basil aioli on the cut side of each bun, both top and bottom pieces.
  7. Next, pile arugula on the bottom bun and top with a grilled burger.
  8. Spread a tablespoon or two of the blueberry barbecue sauce on the burger.
  9. Top with blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and the top bun. Serve immediately.


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