Whiskey Blue Burgers


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Whiskey Blue Burgers

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    Serve up Whiskey Blue Burgers for a summer barbecue or weeknight family treat! They're topped with a sweet whiskey-fruit mixture for extra delicious flavor.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    1 c. fresh blueberries
    ¼ c. whiskey
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    1 tbsp. cold water
    8 slice(s) Hy-Vee double smoked thick sliced bacon
    3 tbsp. McCormick Grill Mates brown sugar bourbon seasoning, divided
    4 (6-oz. each) Hy-Vee Gourmet Steakhouse bacon Cheddar burger patties
    4 slice(s) Hy-Vee sliced Havarti cheese
    1 (6-oz.) pkg. Hy-Waiian hamburger buns, (4-ct.)
    ½ medium red onion, sliced and separated into rings
    1 ½ c. Full Circle Market organic arugula, loosely packed
    Hy-Vee black pepper, coarsely ground

    Things To Grab

    • Small saucepan
    • Medium skillet
    • Paper towels
    • Charcoal or gas grill
    • Meat thermometer


    1. Combine blueberries, whiskey, and sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered 10 to 12 minutes or until berries burst, stirring frequently. Stir together water and corn starch; stir into blueberry mixture. Cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened; remove from heat.

    2. Sprinkle bacon slices with 1 tablespoon brown sugar bourbon seasoning. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat 12 to 14 minutes or until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

    3. Preheat charcoal or gas grill with greased grill rack for direct cooking over medium-high heat (375 degrees). 

    4. Sprinkle both sides of burgers with remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar bourbon seasoning. Grill 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Top with cheese and grill 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted and burgers reach 165 degrees. Remove from grill; loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Grill buns, cut sides down, 30 to 60 seconds or until lightly toasted. Remove from grill.

    5. To serve, top bun bottoms with burgers, candied bacon, red onion, arugula, and blueberry-whiskey mixture. Lightly season with black pepper, if desired. Place bun tops on burgers.

    Nutrition facts


    810 Calories per serving
    1 burger

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 45g
    • Cholesterol: 170mg
    • Sodium: 840mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 42g
    • Protein: 48g

    Daily Values

    Iron 35%
    Calcium 20%
    Vitamin D 10%
    Potassium 6%