Blueberry Burgers

 by Marykate Smith Despres, Salem Depot

Yes, blueberry burgers. And these are not for vegetarians. As an ex long-term vegan, I still enjoy a good veggie burger, but as a current meat-eater and lover of all things grilled, I’m offering this very loose recipe to the more traditional, meaty burger eaters out there.

If you search for blueberry burgers on the internet, you’ll find a surprising number of recipes. The bottom line is this: combine 1 ¼ lbs of your choice of ground beef with ½ cup of coarsely chopped blueberries. Season as you would your typical burger – a little salt, pepper, maybe a clove or two of chopped garlic. Some folks like to add bread crumbs to their burgers, whereas others stick to meat and spices. I have one friend who adds a little barbeque sauce right to her patty mix to make it a little juicier (the blueberries will do this too) and I personally add cayenne pepper to just about everything I cook. The point is, you can get as creative or classic with your burgers as you like. As long as you can form it into a patty that won’t fall apart on the grill, you’re good.

Of course, you can top your burger with a few slices of fresh onion from the coop as well. If the heat hasn’t wiped out the lettuce, add a leaf. Why not skip the pickle and try a few slices of cucumber instead? Serve with a side of grilled zucchini and eggplant (just brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, skewer with a few thick cuts of onion and toss on the grill) and you’ve got a quick coop cookout meal!