Monday, November 13, 2006

Blue burgers

Not that I give a rat's ass about football, but even a sports idiot like myself has heard that the big Michigan-Ohio State game is coming up. So for those of you (Michigan fans) who go all out for these events and are looking for blue foods, and for those of you who are equally indifferent to sports but crave a good burger, I present to you a disturbing sight:
These have got be the most god-awful ugly-ass burgers before they are cooked. I had to shield the view of the stove with my body so the small suspicious people with whom I live wouldn't catch a glimpse of the mashed up blueberries that are mixed in with the beef.

Thankfully, they soon browned and lost the purpleish hue and once blanketed with sharp cheddar cheese, looked pretty normal:

And when presented on a bun with all the fixings, it would take a very sharp eye to spot anything amiss:And the taste? My lord these are good. I took one bite and juice ran down my chin and I was sold on the fruit/meat concept. I buy lean grass-fed beef and it has good flavor, but it can get tough and dry pretty quickly when you cook it. 1/2 C of mashed up thawed frozen blueberries mixed into the meat made such a huge difference. One must also appreciate that (heh heh heh) I figured out a sneaky way to get fruit into the fructophobic kid.

In case you are crediting me for unexpected creativity, I have to tell you I read about blueberry burgers at a fun blog called ACME Instant Food (updated: sadly the site appears to have been taken down but there are plenty of other recipes on the web; just google berry and burger and you get a ton!)

Here's my version:

Blueberry Burgers

1.25 lbs lean, grass-fed ground beef
1/2 C frozen blueberries, thawed and chopped fine, either with a knife or in a food processor.
1/2 t kosher salt
1/2 t fresh ground pepper
1/4 t garlic powder

Squish all ingredients together to incorporate the blueberry mush into the meaty mush. Don't get carried away and over squish it--just enough to get the job done. Shape into patties and cook on a grill, grill pan, or frying pan.

Top with whatever you like--cheese, mushrooms, onions, condiments...

Serve with LOTS of napkins.


Anonymous said...

We have bought frozen ground beef that is mixed with cherries - very moist. I nosed around and found the site

but didn't check if it is available in any stores around here (SE Michigan)

Mazenbloo said...

That...looks SO good! Yummmy!

And there's a Michigan game this weekend? Hmm. Who knew!

Hehehe! I'm kidding ! :D

I will definately be trying this in the future. Though I have no problems with my kids and fruit consumption. We can't keep it in the house!

Anonymous said...

Too funny! I remember working midnights as a nurse, when another nurse tried to get me to eat spaghetti her husband had made with an unknown fruit in it. Not! I also just watched an old Dick Cavett interview with Alfred Hitchcock, who once gave a dinner party where all the food was blue. Your burgers look MUCH better, though!

Acme Instant Food said...

Dear Kate--Thanks for the mention! I referenced your post as testament to the burgers on my blog. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at your Thanksgiving meal; I bet your family will be eyeing the stuffing inside the bird with a guarded optimism. Have a great holiday!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I can't read what's inside the link to the blueberry burger in ACME at the end of your article. Is it the same recipe you just wrote? If not, could you make an edit and put the original recipe for all to see?

Kate said...

Looks like between 2006 when I wrote this post and now they took down the link--my recipe is my own, but you can find a ton of other berry burger recipes on the web just by googling the term.