Chipotle-Honey BBQ Bacon Burger with Gorgonzola Cheese

"I try a new recipe that I find on the Internet at least once a week. If it's a "keeper", I put it in my recipe file with comments; such as "a best of 2003" etc. I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago. Immediately my entire family responded the same way. It rated not only a best of 2003 but perhaps a best of EVER. We had it again last night. And again it got rave reviews - not just an impulsive response from a new recipe. My son declared the next day, "We will NEVER have ordinary burgers again in this house!" This is an "oh, my God" recipe. There is something about the way the flavors blend together that leaves your taste buds wanting for more. This is THE BEST EVER burger recipe. This was the People's Choice Prize Winner ($5,000) in Build A Better Burger Contest submitted by Adam J. Payson, Omaha, Nebraska My only recommendations on improvement is to 1) throw the vegetables in a food processor to speed up the chopping time 2) add a little corn starch after simmering the vinegar to thicken 3) double or triple the recipe for the sauce and freeze for later use"
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  • Mix ground beef, ground pork, green onion, red pepper and garlic.
  • Form into 6 patties.
  • Roll in black pepper.
  • Refrigerate until needed.
  • Heat grill to medium heat.
  • Place a 2-quart saucepan on grill.
  • Heat olive oil in saucepan.
  • Sauté chipotle peppers, green peppers, red peppers, red onion, roma tomatoes and garlic.
  • Deglaze with apple cider vinegar and let simmer.
  • Add dry mustard.
  • Blend sauce mixture; combine until smooth.
  • Add ketchup and honey.
  • Bring to a slow simmer.
  • Cook bacon in a griddle/frying pan on grill surface.
  • Keep warm for later use.
  • Place burger patties on grill.
  • Cook until medium-well, basting with Chipotle-Honey BBQ Sauce.
  • Place 1 teaspoon Chipotle-Honey BBQ Sauce on top and bottom of each Kaiser bun.
  • Assemble as follows: bottom bun, Gorgonzola cheese, peppered bacon, burger patty, roma tomatoes, and top bun.

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  1. Chef Mean Green
    I loved this recipe and I will definitely will be making this again!!!! I couldn't find the peppers anywhere and our store didn't have Gorgonzola so I substituted blue cheese instead and it still turned out great. Thanks for posting Claudia Dawn
  2. Chef SuzyQ
    I feel awful disagreeing with so many reviewers, so I'm thinking maybe it was just us...We didn't like this recipe at all. It was a lot of work and took a lot of ingredients and was WAY too vinegary for our tastes. The other ingredients in the sauce and burger were great--I felt like the vinegar really ruined it for us--that's all we could taste or smell. If you don't mind lots of vinegar, you'd probably like this recipe.
  3. DanielleLyn
    WOW mm mm mmmm! I tell you what, I knew these would be delicious from all the yummy ingredients in them. The sauce gave the burgers a great added flavor and tangy-ness. My bf wasn't for sure about putting the sauce on his burger (he's plain). But after he tried it he really like the sauce on them. Since it was just him and myself, I formed all the meat into patties and froze the rest, including the left over sauce we had, for next time! I have never had gorgonzola cheese on a burger but it sure was delicious! I made exactly as stated except added a little mayo, red onion, and lettuce on the burger! This is a great recipe when your wanting something different than the ordinary burger! SOOO GOOD!
  4. Beansy
    What can I say? This recipe exceeded my expectations. I can't believe how good this was. I made it exactly like the recipe stated and even if it took some time it was well worth it. Thanks Claudia Dawn for sharing!
  5. GIAD5330
    I recommend getting the cook book "Build a Better Burger" by James McNair. It has Sutter Home's Annual "America's Best Burger" winners dating back to 1990 - about 70 recipes total. I've tried 8 recipes so far and each one has been so unique and undenialbly OUTSTANDING! Your grill is begging you! Enjoy!



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