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Curry Bacon Burgers

These mouth-watering burgers have just the right amount of spice to turn an ordinary night at the house into an exotic culinary adventure. The marriage of curry and blue cheese, combined with the delicious flavor of grilled bacon and cilantro, will have your guests begging for your secret best burger recipe! Who knew a burger could be so extraordinary?


½ cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup well chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon garlic salt
4 ounces blue cheese (crumbled)
2 lbs. premium ground chuck
.5 lbs (1/2 roll) mild country pork sausage
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon Blackened Seasoning
1 ½ tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup red onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
6 1-inch cubes of blue cheese
6 strips uncooked bacon slices
12 toothpicks (for securing bacon to patties)
Vegetable oil, for brushing grill rack
6 (4 ½ inch) soft Kaiser wheat rolls, split
6 slices fresh red tomato


Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the cilantro mayonnaise combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well, cover and refrigerate until needed. To prepare patties, combine ground chuck, pork sausage, salt, ground mustard, Blackened Seasoning, curry powder, black pepper, onion, and garlic in a large bowl. Mix with hands until seasoning and meat are well incorporated. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions. Form patties by packing meat in hands or using a patty press. Insert one cube of cheese into the center of each patty, making sure meat covers cheese completely. Once shaped, wrap one bacon slide around the outer edge of each patty and secure bacon with two toothpicks. When the grill is heated, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack and, on gas grills, lower the temperature to 350 degrees. Cover grill and cook patties, checking often and adjusting burger location and temperature as needed to prevent large flame-ups. Cook approximately 11 minutes on each side, turning only once. Make sure the bacon on the outer rim of the burger is fully cooked and that juices run clear before removing the patties from the grill. Lower the grill temperature. Place the rolls split-side down on the grill to warm. Allow rolls to warm until thoroughly toasted but not blackened- 1-2 minutes- with grill covered. To assemble the burgers, remove toothpicks from patties. Spread cilantro mayonnaise on both sides of the roll. Place one patty on the bottom roll slice. Top the patty with one tomato slice and then with the top of the roll and serve.


I've been working on this concoction for almost 6 months now. This recipe is the one that friends and family rave about and have started refering to as "The Ultimate Liz Burger". I hope the judges will agree that the curry and bacon add a wonderful flavor to the beef and invite me to California to prove that these burgers are hard to beat!