Red, White & Bleu Burgers

Red, White & Bleu Burgers

It’s 4th of July, we have to have some burgers ready for the taking! The festive, fun, spicy and savory burgers are sure to please.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 white onion, very finely diced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
500g lean minced free-range beef
500g lean minced free-range pork
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
1 tablespoon tabasco or similar hot sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed and finely chopped
1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound ripe tomatoes, finely chopped (with seeds and juices)
2/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 serrano chiles, seeded, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

Lettuce leaves
Crumbled Bleu cheese
Sliced onion
Tomato relish
1 pack Sadie Rose Brioche or Pretzel Buns (Try slicing a French baguette for smaller patty portions)

Combine tomatoes, red onion, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and serrano chiles in medium bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the onion and fry gently for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes until the onion is softened.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the onion to cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the beef, pork, mustard, Tabasco/hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, capers, chilli flakes, chilli, parsley, 1 teaspoon sea salt and some black pepper in a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly using your hands. Add the cooled onion and garlic and mix together.

Form the mixture into about 6 individual patties. Place the patties on a baking tray and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, before cooking to your liking on a hot BBQ/chargrill pan or in a frying pan. Be sure to add the bleu cheese to the warm patties just before you take them off the grill or pan.

Serve the patties in the buns of your choosing with some lettuce, sliced onion and tomato relish. Secure with toothpicks and accompany with extra relish on the side if you like. Enjoy!

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