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Peppercorn Blue Cheese Bacon Burger

A spicy, savory and juicy Peppercorn encrusted Blue Cheese Bacon Burger - an amazingly flavorful burger!
Course: Main
Author: Kristi

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground sirloin or hamburger *see note
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Worchestershire
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup crushed fresh peppercorns **see note
  • 4 to 6 slices of pancetta
  • 2 to 3 hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup OPA Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing

Condiments (Optional)

  • onions sliced
  • lettuce
  • tomato

Instructions

  • Heat a non-stick skillet over high heat until hot. Turn skillet down to medium and add pancetta. Cook on both sides until just crispy. Remove from skillet, drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  • Mix hamburger, Worchestershire and dry mustard together until well mixed.
  • Divide hamburger into 3 equal portions and gently shape into 3 (1/3 pound) patties. Sprinkle with salt and press into ground peppercorns on each side. Grill burgers over high heat for 1 minute to 1 minute 25 seconds on each side, then turn grill down to medium heat and cook 4 to 5 additional minutes or until desired doneness. Remove from heat and let burgers rest 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Assemble burgers: bun, burger, blue cheese yogurt sauce, blue cheese crumbles, pancetta, and top with preferred toppings (onions, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.) and any condiments you wish (although you likely won't need condiments!)!

Notes

*This recipe can make anywhere from 2 - 4 burgers depending on how big you want your burgers (e.g. a 1/2 pound, 1/3 pound or 1/4 pound burger). You may need to adjust the amount of blue cheese crumbles or OPA Blue Cheese Greek Yogurt depending on your desired serving size. **I use a coffee grinder to crush the peppercorns.