I’ve been a little obsessed with blueberries lately, visiting local u-pick farms in Orlando and filling our fridge by the bucketful. So, when my friend Kita with Girl Carnivore invited me to participate in a recipe challenge for National Burger Month, I had to figure out a way to do something savory with my favorite fruit.
While sitting in the shade and sipping frozen blueberry lemonade at Southern Hill Farms with my friend Christina (who also happens to be foodie blogger at Go Epicurista), we talked through a few ideas. “I think I want to do blueberries and brie, and make a sort of jam or sauce that reminds me of well balanced charcuterie board,” I say. Christina adds in that I should include a bit of balsamic for good measure, and an idea was born!
I used my recipe for blueberry sauce that I usually pour on French toast or pancakes, reduced it a little, and added a bit of balsamic vinegar for tang. The pickled red onions and arugula add a bit of crunch and pepperiness that pairs well with the sweet blueberries and creamy Brie cheese. I call it the Triple-B, and you bet this is going on our picnic table this summer for Independence Day with all that red, white, and blue. It also pairs great with sparkling blueberry lemonade. Ready to give it a try? Check out the recipe below.
National Burger Month
National Burger Month is an annual online party dedicated to all-things-burger. From perfecting the basic, the building the most epic, if you’re looking for some grilling inspiration, or some fun topper ideas to create the best build-a-burger-buffet for your next backyard shindig, check out all the burger recipes (submitted by over 100 bloggers, influencers, and chefs!) at GirlCarnivore.com.
Balsamic Blueberry & Brie Burger
Balsamic Blueberry & Brie Burgers
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/2 cup sugar (+3 Tbsp for pickling onions)
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 red onion
- 1 cup white vinegar
- Brie cheese
- 1/5 pounds ground beef
- 4-6 whole wheat Kaiser rolls
- 7 oz Brie cheese
- 1 cup arugula
- Add 1 cup of white vinegar and 3 Tbsp of sugar to a medium bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Chop ends off red onion and peel off the outer skin, then slice thin using a mandolin. Add the onion ring slices to the vinegar, cover and set aside to allow it to pickle while you prep the other ingredients and cook the burgers.
- For the balsamic blueberry sauce: rinse the blueberries, then add them to a quart sized pan and bring the heat to medium low. Pour 1/2 cup of sugar over the blueberries, then slice the lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into the pan. Pour in 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, then let cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Prep the Brie cheese by cutting off the rind and cutting into 1/4 inch slices to place on the burgers.
- Take a handful of beef and shape into palm-sized burger patties, creating a slight indentation in the middle. Season with salt and pepper.
- Grill or pan fry your burgers for 4-6 minutes. Then flip, add the Brie, cover and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Assemble the burgers onto sliced Kaiser rolls, topping with Balsamic Blueberry Sauce, pickled red onions, and arugula.
GLOBAL BURGER INSPIRATION
Want a few more burger ideas? Here are a few of my favorites. I am so excited about all the global flavors here. Gonna have the grill out all summer for these:
- Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce by Family Food On The Table
- Jamaican Burger With Spicy Pineapple Sauce by Eating Richly
- Filipino-Style Adobo Burgers by Kitchen Confidante
- Shakshuka Burger by The Food In My Beard
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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
You had me at balsamic. I love it on everything! And I’m so in love with it combined with blueberries on this burger.
I made this not too long ago as it sounded so good with the blueberry sauce but there are some things I will point out as feedback. I wish the instructions on making the burger patty were a bit more comprehensive eg what % fat mince you used and what level of heat you cooked it at because mine fell apart. The blueberry sauce tasted great but when assembling my burger it had made its way to the bottom patty making it soggy which was not too pleasant. The pickled onions tasted great too and I omitted the cheese as I do not like Brie. I would like to try this again at some point with edits.