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BLT Burgers

 BLT Burgers
My husband loves a good BLT, but sometimes he wants something a little more substantial. That's where these burgers come in. To keep prep simple, I use packaged pre-cooked bacon and zap it in the microwave for a few seconds before serving. —Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 24 cooked bacon strips
  • 8 slices tomato, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, cheese and ketchup. In a large bowl,
  • mix tomato paste, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but
  • thoroughly. Shape into eight 3/4-in.-thick patties.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat
  • 5-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • Serve burgers on buns with sauce, lettuce, bacon and, if desired,
  • tomato. Yield: 8 servings.
Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. To use, grill frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a

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Editor's Note: thermometer to read 160°.
Nutritional Facts: 1 burger (calculated without tomato) equals 776 calories, 54 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 142 mg cholesterol, 1,403 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 44 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.