Red, White, and Blue Burger

Quite likely, the most patriotic burger your palate will ever have the pleasure of meeting.

Happy belated Independence Day!  I realize it’s a bit late to be suggesting any patriotic dishes, but I’m sure you’ll still be able to enjoy this one, or at least tuck it away for Labor Day or your next weekend barbecue.

I thought that making this burger would be an excellent opportunity to buy American as much as possible, so that is exactly what I did.  I was really quite stoked to make this burger since it really did incorporate red, white, and blue ingredients: white onions, blue cheese, red tomatoes, and… ground bison meat!  Yeah!  What’s more American than that?!  It was difficult to not quote Dances With Wolves throughout the afternoon and regale others with elaborate tales of hunting tatanka.  Truth be told, bison meat wasn’t that difficult to track down: it was $6.99/lb. at Fred Meyer, and I’ve seen it around a few other places, too.  I realize that blue cheese isn’t the most American of cheeses, but it is a bit more so if you pick one like Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue (it is the best ever).  I cannot suggest strongly enough that you give it a try, ideally on a bison burger.

Whatever you chose to grill/barbecue/bake/roast/fry this 4th of July, I hope that you had a fantastic time celebrating with friends and family!  I sincerely hope that everyone escaped the celebrations with all of their limbs and appendages in tact (I have heard far too many stories of misguided fireworks accidents over the years) and that it was a celebration to remember!

Red, White, and Blue Burger

Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients:

4 burger buns (I made light brioche burger buns, but any old burger buns will do)

1 lb. ground bison meat

4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled

1 hot house tomato, sliced

1 onion (Walla Walla Sweet are great, but red onions are pretty, too), sliced

1 head butter or green leaf lettuce

ketchup (optional)

mustard (optional)

mayonnaise (optional)

Equipment:

1 barbecue

1 cutting board

1 knife

1 spatula

To Make the Burgers:

Divide the ground bison meat into four equal pieces.  Shape each piece of ground meat into a round patty, and press your thumb down to create a light indent in one side of the patty.

Toss the patties on a preheated grill or barbecue.  After one side of the burger is cooked to the desired temperature, flip and cook the other side.  Five minutes before you expect the burgers to be done, sprinkle some of the blue cheese on the already cooked side of the patty, and allow it to melt while the patty finishes cooking.

Remove cooked patties from the grill, and toss them on some buns.  Top with your favorite toppings and condiments.  Enjoy!

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