Blueberry Burgers

Ground Beef

Ground Beef

by Cat, July 19, 2014 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

See also: 1. Kafta: Middle Eastern Burgers; 2. Marinades and Grilling/High-Heat Cooking Tips for Meats

I first had a version of this recipe at a lunch sandwich shop near my office in Portland. The owners made burgers outside on a grill during the summer months, flavoring the ground beef with a mixture of blueberries or prunes, and a vinaigrette flavored with Middle Eastern spices (the owners were Lebanese).

This recipe is adapted from Eating Well magazine (1).

  • 2 slices rusk or dried whole wheat rustic bread with crusts removed (ground to crumbs), OR 2 Tbsp bulgur
  • ⅓  cup fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp prepared Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ¾ lb ground beef or buffalo
  1. Grind bread to crumbs; or cover bulgur with cold filtered water in a bowl and let rest for 30 minutes then drain.
  2. Mince garlic and press to a paste with the salt, using side of knife blade
  3. Puree blueberries, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic, salt and pepper in blender or food processor.
  4. Break up the meat in a bowl; add breadcrumbs or drained bulgur and pureed mixture. Mix well with hands or potato masher until well mixed.
  5. Divide into 4 portions, flattening to about ½” thick and 4″ in diameter.
  6. Cook on a grill heated to medium-high. Or coat a broiler pan with oil, then cook burgers in your broiler, to medium-rare. NOTE: Use only meat from farmer/rancher whose methods you trust.


  1. Eating Well (

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