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Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers with Merlot Sauce

Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers with Merlot Sauce
Humble ground beef raised to 5-star restaurant standards!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, blue cheese burgers, ground beef recipes, hamburgers, merlot sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 515kcal


  • 2 lbs 80% ground beef
  • 1 tsp brown gravy mix
  • 2 tbs finely chopped onion OR 1 tbsp dehydrated onion
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 slices crisp cooked bacon finely diced

For Merlot Sauce

  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms thick slices
  • 1 medium onion sliced in 1/8-inch slices
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup Merlot red wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare merlot sauce by melting the 2 tbs of butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion. Saute
  • stirring occasionally until onion begins to get golden brown and mushrooms begin to brown.
  • Add merlot, bring to boil and reduce the sauce to 50%. Add enough cream (heavy, light or half and half) until desired consistency is reached. The 1/2 cup is only a guide!! Ideally, sauce should "coat a spoon" and not be too runny. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sauce may be kept warm while cooking burgers.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, gravy mix, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well. Divide mixture into 8 4-oz portions. Form each portion into a patty about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Place 2 tbsp of blue cheese and 1/4 of the diced bacon in the center of 4 of the patties. Top with the plain patties and seal well around the edges.
  • Heat a BBQ grill or broiler to high heat. Grill patties to desired doneness. For medium-well (160 degrees F) this should take approximately 5 minutes per side.


Serving: 1burger | Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 756mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg