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Peppered bacon and blue cheese burger

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time35 mins

Blue cheese aioli and mouthwatering peppered bacon are the stars of this spectacular bacon and blue cheese burger that will leave you wanting more.

Peppered bacon and blue cheese burger

FOR THE PEPPERED BACON
 2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground
 ¼ cup brown sugar
  teaspoon cayenne
 8 slices thick-cut bacon
FOR THE BLUE CHEESE AIOLI
 8 ounces blue cheese
 1 clove garlic, grated
 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
 1 cup mayonnaise
FOR THE BURGERS
 4 leaves green leaf lettuce
 8 slices beefsteak tomatoe
 2 slices red onion
 8 hamburger patties, cooked
 8 hamburger buns, cut in two
FOR THE PEPPERED BACON
1

Prepare the peppered bacon rub
In a ziplock bag, combine the brown sugar and coarsely ground black pepper. Seal the bag tightly and shake vigorously until the mixture is well combined. Separate the bacon slices and seal 1 slice at a time in the bag. Shake to coat. Repeat for the remaining bacon slices.

2

Cook the peppered bacon
Place 8 slices of bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Turn the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Once the internal temperature reaches 400 degrees F, remove the bacon and generously brush each slice with the brown sugar and pepper mixture. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the bacon has reached the desired crispiness. Remove from the baking sheet to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess grease.

FOR THE BLUE CHEESE AIOLI
3

Make the blue cheese aioli
In a medium mixing bowl, add the blue cheese crumbles, lightly mashing and mixing larger chunks of blue cheese with a fork. Add the grated garlic, mustard and mayonnaise and whisk together until the ingredients are well combined. (Use an immersion blender to make an aioli with a much smoother texture if you prefer.)

FOR THE BURGERS
4

Assemble the burgers
Lightly toast each half of each bun on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes (spread butter or margarine on the buns first if you prefer). Layer the bottom half of the bun with the lettuce, salted tomato and onion. Place a hamburger patty on top and gently press until the burger is firmly situated. Top with the blue cheese aioli and the remaining half of the bun.

Nutrition Facts

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