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Lavender Blue Cheese Burger with Mixed Greens Tossed with a Champagne Vinaigrette

I was looking to create a refreshing burger that make you wonder whether it would work or not.


For patties
2 lbs of ground brisket, or mix of 1 lb sirloin/1 lb chuck
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup pistachios crushed
1 garlic clove minced
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp white tea or jasmine tea powder
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup lavender flowers
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup dry white wine

For vinaigrette:
1 Tbsp pear juice
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp lavender
2 Tbsp champagne vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp grape seed oil

For assembly:
12 crispy garlic bread or brioche bread
Fresh mix greens
Julienned pear
Blue cheese crumbles


Fold in all patty ingredients, except the pistachios, into the ground brisket form into 6 patties. Press crushed pistachios onto the burger to coat. Place in the refrigerator, until ready for grilling.

Mix the vinaigrette ingredients together, and set aside.

Prep the grill: set heat to low-med, brush the grill racks with oil.

Spray the burgers before grilling with the a mist of oil. Grill the burgers to your temperature liking. Assemble: Toast bread, Line the burger on the bun. Place fresh mix greens on burger, then drizzle with vinaigrette and the additional blue cheese crumbles, finish with bun top. Enjoy!


I have alternated nuts from pistachios to almond and found the crunch factor, keeps you wanting more, and asking yourself if this is a health food. Try even incorporating nuts in the burger and blue cheese on the outside. Cooking is about trying different ways of doing things and make mistakes and having fun with them.