Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blueberry-Beef Burgers

On Sunday, which also happened to be Father's Day, we visited my sister and her family.  My sister has 4 beautiful blueberry bushes.  They are just bursting with fruit right now.  She let Bill and I pick a gallon size bag full of those beautiful blueberries.  The only thing she asked in return was that I post lots of blueberry recipes.  I have done a bunch of blueberry recipes in the past but most of those were of the breakfast/dessert variety.  I decided to seek out some unusual savory blueberry recipes for her.  Here is one that I am definitely going to try very soon.  It sounds yummy and healthy, too.  I found this recipe on the website which is part of Fitness Magazine.

I made these burgers last week.  They were moist and flavorful. I can't say that I noticed any particular "blueberry" flavor.  It was almost like we added some barbecue sauce into the burger meat.  It definitely was not sweet.  We all ate and enjoyed these burgers.

Blueberry-Beef Burgers
Servings:  4
Prep:  20 mins.
Total: 30 mins.

2 slices whole-wheat country bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
1/3 cup fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
12 ounces 90% lean ground beef

1.  Place bread in food processor and pulse into fine crumbs.  Transfer to a large bowl.  (No need to wash the work bowl.)
2.  Add blueberries, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic, salt and pepper to the food processor; process until pureed.  Scrape into the bowl with the breadcrumbs.  Add ground beef and mix well with a potato masher.  Divide the mixture into four equal portions.  Form into 1/2-inch  thick patties, about 4 inches in diameter.
3.  Meanwhile, preheat broiler or heat an indoor or outdoor grill to medium-high.  If using the broiler, coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.  If using a grill, oil the grill rack by rubbing it with an oil-soaked paper towel.  Cook patties until browned and no longer pink in the center, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.  An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should register 160 degrees F.  Serve immediately, with or without rolls and toppings.