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Babe the Blue Burger
This burger is not only tasty it's beautiful as well. The unusual combination of fresh Maine blueberries works nicely with the saltiness of the cheese, the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the tartness of the mayonnaise. It's a unique combination that will leave you saying WOW! I called it "Babe the Blue Burger," because of it's beauty (it’s a babe!) and the blue color, but also because Paul Bunyan stands tall in Bangor, Maine and Babe was his Blue Ox. Just like blueberries are a trademark of Maine, Paul Bunyan is a trademark of Bangor.
Blueberry Lemon Mayonnaise:
1/4 cup Maine blueberry jam
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon zest Caramelized Blueberry Onions
1 large Vidalia onion
¼ cup fresh Maine blueberries
1-½ pounds ground chuck
2 tablespoons red onion
½ cup pureed Maine blueberries
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for brushing on grill rack
Six ounces blue cheese
Six sour dough rolls, split Oil to brush on rolls
Directions Preheat gas grill to medium-high heat To make the blueberry mayonnaise, combine the blueberry jam, mayonnaise and lemon zest and refrigerate until burgers are done. To make the caramelized onions, melt butter in a 10-inch non-stick, fireproof skillet on grill. When butter is melted, add onions and blueberries cover with lid. Cook the onion mixture for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are caramelized and most of the liquid is evaporated. Move to cooler part of grill and keep warm. To make the patties, combine ground chuck, onion, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix meat well without over mixing. Divide mixture into six equal portions and shape into patties. When grill is preheated, brush with oil to prevent sticking. Place patties on grill, cover and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. When burgers are nearly done, brush buns with oil and place cut side down on grill to lightly toast. To assemble burgers, cover bottom bun with eaqual amounts of caramelized blueberry onions. Place burger on top of caramelized onions, place 1 ounce bleu cheese on top of each burger, spread bun tops with blueberry lemon mayonnaise place on top of burger and serve. Makes 6 burgers.
This recipe wows everyone who tries it. People are amazed at how the different flavors compliment each other. You should try it! It's a unique Maine experience, that can be made anywhere in the world!