Burgers with Smoky Bacon, Basil and Gorgonzola Cheese

Creamy blue and white Italian Gorgonzola cheese, melting and oozing over a huge burger, laid on a bed of thick-cut, smoked bacon and topped with fresh basil and tomatoes!
This is burger heaven on the grill!
If you’re into the ‘black and blue’ . . . beef and blue cheese combination, then this is for you.
Why grill when it’s almost October?  It was 87 degrees today and after decorating the house for autumn, I was in a sweat and not wanting to cook in the kitchen.  Mr. Meat and Potatoes Bill loves to grill anyway.
It’s also another night of football on TV, so easy-peasy and casual was required.
This is super easy too!
If you don’t care for Gorgonzola (Italian blue cheese), than use your favorite cheese.  How about trying Gruyere for something a little more French?  Or a nice sharp cheddar?  Spicy pepper jack would be great too!
Use what you like, just make sure that the cheese melts all over the burger.  You’ll need a big stack of napkins for this big burger for all of the cheesy-infused drippings of the tomatoes and beef running down your chin!
I had some extra Gorgonzola in the frig after using some in my previous salad that I just posted with figs and Gorgonzola/blue cheese.  And I just hate to waste food.  This stuff always seems to spoil quickly, so I only buy a small piece at a time.
And this cheese is just so creamy, tangy delicious!
There’s no secret recipe to this decadent burger either!
the creamy, soft Italian Gorgonzola cheese just melting all over the juicy burger and bacon!
bright colors of fresh green basil leaves and red tomatoes



Burgers with Smoky Bacon, Basil and Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 1 - 2 lbs. of the highest quality of ground bison beef/sirloin.
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • ½ pound Italian Gorgonzola cheese
  • Large hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • 1 - 2 lbs. thick-cut smoked bacon
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 12 - 15 large fresh basil leaves
  • condiments of your choice: pickle slices, mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, etc.
  1. Form huge patties of burgers.
  2. Season the way you like, I add some garlic and oregano.
  3. Grill to the level of doneness that you prefer (we like ours medium-rare).
  4. Near the end of being cooked, place Gorgonzola cheese on top of burgers(it is soft and melts fast).
  5. Use huge hamburger buns!
  6. Toast the buns very briefly (this prevents them from becoming soggy from the beef and tomato juices).
  7. Lay lettuce leaves on the bottom half of the bun.
  8. Layer on the well-cooked, browned, thick-cut, smoked bacon.
  9. Place the cooked burger with melted cheese (use the microwave if you have to) on top of bacon and lettuce.
  10. Layer on thick-cut ripe tomatoes.
  11. Layer on big, fresh basil leaves.
  12. Place the top half of the bun on top.
  13. Condiments:
  14. For this I recommend a nice, simple mixture of extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic to spread on each half of the bun.
Tip: Put a small indentation about the size of an inch and a half in the center of each burger. As the burgers cook, this pops out and the center of your burgers cook better.

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  1. says

    Don’t have a clue what kind of background you have in photography but not only is my mouth watering.. you just made me want to eat meat after two years of eating strickly fish and veggies.. who what a shot!

  2. says

    What a glorious burger. This sounds fabulous. I love all the veined cheeses but gorgonzola is perfect for this burger. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • says

      Questo taglietelle suona wonderfu con i funghi porcini. Porcini sono molto costosi qui, quindi questa ricetta sarebbe un piacere delizioso per noi!

      Ciao Illaria,

    • says

      The above comment is in reference to Illaria’s wonderful taglietelle with porcini mushrooms that she posted on Sept. 24th! Check it out! YUM!

  3. says

    I love your burger! I am not a burgers fan, but I changed my mind when I visited USA! Quality American burgers taste delicious and your burger combined with Italian cheese and oregano/garlic is just what I want. Ciao

    • says

      A good burger in the States is a must, Rita. I think it is one of the ‘national’ sandwiches. Very traditional and the men love burgers here!

  4. says

    We just had steaks with a Maytag blue cheese sauce last night…love this flavor combination. And I’m so jealous of your gorgeous, red tomatoes…our homegrown tomatoes are long gone. Such wonderful burgers!

    • says

      Maytag blue cheese is the BEST blue on the planet. I always, always bring back a nice sized piece every time we return to Iowa. You’re so lucky to have such great foods in Iowa and I miss having them readily available!

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