Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger

This Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger is stuffed, then topped with sharp, tangy, rich and creamy Blue Cheese. Definitely a burger for the man in your life!

I should’ve just called this the Man Burger and gotten it over with. :-)  Look how thick, stuffed and juicy this burger is!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger | Inspiration KitchenDon’t you love how the blue cheese is melted in the center of this burger, making it extra juicy and big and bold on flavor? That tangy flavor comes from the sharp blue cheese, both stuffed between the patties before grilling, so that it gets nice and melted inside, then layered on top before serving.

This past week was The Husband’s birthday, and there’s nothing he loves more than a big burger and an ice cold beer. So, I gifted him both. :-)

And, since we’ve had record temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest, what that means is – that we are like magnets to our grill. If it’s food, and it can be grilled, you know where to find us. Just follow the smoke.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger | Inspiration KitchenFor this burger, I used 100% Grass Fed Ground Bison meat, for it’s great mellow, slightly sweet taste. And although we don’t have Buffalo burgers often, they are great for a nice change in flavor.

If you decide to try this burger, you’ll likely find ground bison in the freezer section at your local grocery store, not at the meat counter. They come in one-pound packages and are slightly pricier than lean ground beef at $9.99 pound.

And, when you make a big, beefy Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger like this, be sure to get a strong, sharp blue cheese to really enhance that amazing blue cheese flavor. I used Castello Danish Blue Cheese crumbles, which was abolutely perfect.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger | Inspiration KitchenIf you’ve never had Bison before, it’s a great substitute for ground beef in that it is rich in flavor, low in fat and high in protein.  Although it’s very similar in flavor to high quality beef, its the slightly sweeter taste that sets it apart.

And, because there isn’t a lot of fat in the meat, your patties also won’t shrink on the grill as much! Which keeps them at that manly size. :-)

Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger | Inspiration KitchenAnd by the way, if you can find them, get yourself nice hamburger buns that will stand up to a hefty burger like this.  I am totally in love with these hamburger buns I discovered at the store. They are denser than typical hamburger buns (you know…, the ones that fall apart half way through your burger?), and they have a great assortment of seeds on top like flax seeds, poppy seeds and sunflower seeds. They are ssssoooo yummy!

While I call these Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burgers, did you notice that you don’t see the traditional strips of bacon layered across the top?

That’s because I cooked and crumbled the bacon and mixed it into the ground buffalo itself. I also finely chopped some onions and added them into the burger mixture.  When grilled, the combination of the buffalo, bacon and onions adds such great flavor! It’s a trick I like to do sometimes just for a different flavor profile.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger | Inspiration KitchenI hope you were able to enjoy some sunshine this weekend like we did. Maybe next weekend, you can try this burger!

Enjoy!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger
 
This Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger is stuffed, then topped with sharp, tangy, rich and creamy Blue Cheese. Definitely a burger for the man in your life!
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground Bison**
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled*
Toppings (optional)
  • sliced tomato
  • sliced onion
  • green leaf lettuce
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill on high heat.
  2. Cook bacon, drain and set aside to cool. Once cool, crumble.
  3. Mix ground bison, bacon and onion together in a bowl until well combined. Season with salt, garlic powder and black pepper.
  4. Divide meat into 4 equal portions and press into patties.
  5. Top two of the four burgers with 1 and ½ tablespoons of blue cheese, in the center of the burger. Top with the other burger and seal the edges together. You will now have two stuffed burgers.
  6. Place burgers on grill on high heat and sear for 1 and ½ minutes. Turn burgers and grill another 1 to 1 and ½ minutes to sear, then turn down to medium. Cook an additional 3 minutes on one side, then another 2 minutes on the opposite side OR UNTIL DONE. Cooking time will vary depending on the burger size. Do not overcook them. Remove from grill and let rest 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with toppings and bun.
Notes
*I used Castello Danish Blue Cheese for it's strong, sharp, tangy flavor, which adds amazing flavor to the burger!
**You can also use ground beef for this recipe.

 Buffalo Blue Cheese Bacon Burger

Comments

  1. says

    I love that you made a healthier yet very indulgent burger — that’s tough to pull off! haha We’ve had ground bison and it’s really great, and this is a great use of all that bleu cheese. And the bacon was such a good call — it doesn’t get any better than this! Pinned. :)
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    • says

      Thanks Marcie! We don’t eat buffalo often, but it is such a nice change from regular burgers and every once in a while you need to switch it up.

  2. says

    What a gorgeous burger, Kristi. Love blue cheese anyway you fix it. Really great burger, my boys will love this. Like the ground bison, I actually (oddly) have some moose meat in my freezer…wonder if it would work with that. Yeah, a friend went moose hunting for the first time last fall and was successful, presented me with some of the ground meat. (!)
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    • says

      Wow Allie! I’ve never had moose meat. You *MUST* tell me how it tastes (seriously – email me or leave a comment). I am so curious to know if it is gamey or if it tastes like chicken! Hahaha! Isn’t that what people always say? I’m on a need to know basis now, because you have me so curious! And, I’m glad you like the burger – but girl we need to talk moose! Haha!

      • says

        Well…since you asked Kristi…I still don’t know what the moose meat tastes like yet. I have two pounds of ground “burger” and 2 lbs. of “moose steak” in the freezer. I was thinking of mixing it with hamburger and making your blue cheese burger. Apparently moose is very lean and often needs added fat so it’s not too tough. But there’s a very touching side to the story – the amazing the man who shot the moose and is no longer with us. He was suffering from a brain tumor, had always dreamed of moose hunting and finally got his wish just weeks before he went Home. Check it out if you have time. It really is an amazing story. http://www.throughherlookingglass.com/?p=6766 And I will def. report back in about how the moose tastes once we try it, I’m betting it does not taste like chicken….
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        • says

          OMGosh Allie. That is an amazing story. I just read it. I was truly interested in how moose meat tasted (as I’m genuinely interested in trying it – and I was *sure* it didn’t taste like chicken (I was totally kidding about that)), but I had no idea there was a story about it. I’d love to hear how the moose meat tastes. Buffalo is also very lean and needs to be watched so that it doesn’t over cook. I really hope you do come back and share your recipe and experience with it! And, thank you for sharing the story! xoxo

  3. says

    kristi you are so talented! you can make amazing desserts, exotic world fusion dishes, and american classics with a cool twist like this! my hubby would LOVE this !! xoxo

    • says

      OMGosh…me talented? Coming from one of the most amazing, incredible, talented women I know? I think not Ananda. I’ve seen your work and love your blog – girl YOU are the talented one. But I thank you for being so kind. xoxo

  4. says

    Happy happy birthday to your hubs :) Wow, this is definitely what I call the ultimate man burger! Crumbling the bacon and adding it to the ground meat is such a great idea! It looks so juicy and flavorful! My husband would polish off this burger in no time!

    • says

      Thanks Kelly! My husband was barely able to mutter “mmmmmmmm, this is a great burger” as he dug in. Haha! So, I know what you mean! Have a beautiful week!

    • says

      They were sssooo tasty Marissa! I’m hopping over to your blog now to check out your scallops, which I posted this week too – great minds think alike, girl!

    • says

      Thanks Ashley! This was definitely a man’s gift :-) they love big burgers. It was super tasty, but I quit at 1/2. Haha! I hope you have a good weekend, and I’ll tell the hubs he got a Happy Bday from you! xoxo

    • says

      Hahaha! What a food bloggers life – “we are hungry again, and it’s not even lunch time.” I love it Judit + Corina! I love you girls. So fun. Pretty soon, it will be Judit + Corina + Kristi, because you girls have way to much fun! LOL.

    • says

      Thank you Catherine! I’m flattered by your sweet comments. We love bison every once in a while – it just changes things up a bit, you know? I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my dear! xoxo

    • says

      Thank you Christina! I love burgers and sometimes it’s just nice to switch it up for a bit of a change – so I’m really glad you like them!

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