This Blue Cheese Burger topped with delicious bacon and apple chutney is the perfect fall burger! Tender meat and delicious toppings make this Blue Cheese Burger the best!
Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Apple Chutney
I’m in full fall mode and although that typical means all things pumpkin- I have to eat some other food! So, I decided to make this delicious beauty.
Looking for more fall recipes? Check these out:
- Pumpkin Bread Pudding
- Mini Apple Pies
- Homemade Rolls
- Easy Sticky Buns
- Pumpkin Cupcakes
- Green Chile Stew
My husband and I were up in Colorado for a bit this year and we happened upon a cute town with some awesome breweries. At one of them they were serving a burger with blue cheese, bacon, and apple chutney.
Being the curious person, I am- and thinking that sounded delicious- I placed my order. It was one of the best burgers I have ever had.
The sweetness from the apples, the flavor from the spices, and the tanginess from the blue cheese, was one of the best combos ever. I knew I had to make them at home.
Now, the apple chutney, blue cheese, and bacon aren’t really challenging when adding them to a burger. The real challenge was figuring out how to make a brewery style burger- where it’s thick, medium rare (my preference!), and not burned or under cooked.
So I did what I always do when starting to figure out a new process- looked it up in my favorite cookbook The Food Lab, and then searched for it on the companion website on Serious Eats. These people have a very scientific approach when it comes to figuring out the best way to make something.
And let me tell you- I will never make burgers any other way.
How to make the best burger:
- Start with 8 oz of ground beef and form a patty that is 4-5 inches wide. Salt and pepper both sides.
- Place patties on a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.
- Bake burgers in an oven preheated to 200°F until the internal temperatures of the burgers reach 120-125°F for medium rare (or longer if you prefer a less red center).
- Remove from oven and fry in vegetable oil that is just starting to smoke for 45 secs on each side.
- Top with all sorts of delicious things and enjoy!
How to make apple chutney:
- Peal, core, and dice your apples.
- Chip your onion
- Add everything, including spices, into a medium size sauce pan and heat over medium heat until boiling.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
How to tell when your burger reaches the right temperature?
I highly recommend using an instant read digital thermometer. Mine is a wireless meat thermometer that I use all the time for smoking meat but also come in handy when baking things in the oven.
It takes burgers about 40-50 minutes to reach 120-125°F in my oven, but I usually don’t even set a timer I just watch my thermometer screen and take them out when they reach the temperature I desire.
Why bake the burgers first? And why at such a low temperature?
Baking the burgers helps cook the meat evenly. Low and slow always produces the juiciest meats wither when smoking or baking.
As a matter of fact, the only way I could see the burgers being even better is if I smoked them. I’ll let you know how they taste when I do!
Why fry them if they are fully cooked?
Well first off even though they are fully cooked they look weird and kind of gross when you pull them out of the oven. Plus, you want a burger to have nice brown crust on it- it just looks more tasty!
That’s where frying them comes in handy. But you only need about 45 secs on each side.
Frying them is the hardest part because you have hot oil and lots of splatter. Just be careful and only do one or two burgers at a time.
When you are done with the burgers simply top them with all the delicious ingredients!
For these burgers I used my homemade mayo, made with some coarse ground mustard- and it was delicious!
You can also make homemade hamburger buns for these or find some tasty pretzel buns for more of a brewery vibe.
When you are done making these apple chutney burgers give my fully loaded green chile burgers a try (but use this recipe to make the burgers! It’s now THE BEST and only way to make burgers)
What are some delicious burger combos that I should try next? Let me know in the comments below!
For more tasty recipes that go great with these burgers try:
Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Apple Chutney
- 2 Apples gala or fuji
- 1 small yellow onion
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 2 tbs orange juice
- Zest from orange
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 32 oz ground beef*
- 1-2 cups Vegetable Oil
- blue cheese
- 4 pieces thick bacon
- Mayo (Homemade Mayo Recipe Here!)
- Red Onion
- 4 Hamburger Buns
Peel and chop apples, removing the core.
Dice onion, zest orange, and squeeze juice from the orange.
In a medium sized sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring mixture to a boil over medium heat.
Once boiling reduce heat and allow to simmer for 45 minutes or until the apples are nice and tender.
While apple chutney is cooking make the burgers.
Adjust your oven rack to the mid lower section of your oven. Spray a cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray and place in a baking sheet. It’s also helpful for cleanup if you line the baking sheet with foil- but this isn’t necessary. Preheat oven to 200°F.
Divide ground beef into 4 patties that are about 4-5inch in diameter. Salt and pepper both sides. Place on cooling rack.
Bake for approximately ~40 minutes. For medium rare burgers you want the internal temperature to me 120-125°F. I stick a thermometer in the center of the burger and wait till it reaches that temperature.
Once desired temperature is reached remove burgers from oven.
In a heavy bottomed fry pan or cast iron pan heat vegetable oil until it is staring to smoke.* You want enough oil to cover the entire bottom of the pan and fill it to about of a ¼ inch- so depending on the size you will need 1-2 cups. Once oil is hot place the burgers in the oil and allow to fry for 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side. No need to flip the burgers more than once. The burgers should have a nice brown crust while keeping the center perfectly cooked.
Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.
Fry up your bacon if you haven’t done so already.
Toast your hamburger buns by adding a little butter to a fry pan and letting them toast over medium high heat.
Assembly your burger by adding lots of blue cheese, bacon, red onion, apple chutney, and lettuce to the burger.
*I recommend a quality beef for these burgers that isn’t lean. The more fat the more flavor. That being said I have made these burgers with all types of ground beef from extra lean-to cheap store bought, and even bison, and they always turn out delicious.
*The oil will be very hot and will splatter some. Be careful not to burn yourself!