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This Black and Blue Burger is filled with tangy blue cheese, topped with rosemary garlic mayo, and slabs of bacon are the exclamation point on this big burger. Learn how to make this grilled flavor bomb with this zesty Black and Blue Burger.

Black and Blue Burger on a cutting board with a pint of beer in the background.

Spice up a traditional hamburger by grilling a juicy Black and Blue Burger. To make it even better, we are going to top this bad boy off with a rosemary garlic mayo sauce and bacon. Bacon is beautiful, right?

One thing I like about this burger is that between the beef, the bacon, and the tangy blue cheese, this normal-sized burger packs a punch. If we are going to mess with the perfection that is a simple hamburger, why not make it zing with the flavors that this Black and Blue hamburger give?

What is a Black and Blue Burger?

To sum up the definition of a blackened burger, we make it black. Obvious, right? This effect is created by covering the burger in seasoning. Once it is cooked, the burger has a much darker appearance than a traditional patty. Hold on to your socks, though, folks… that is not all when it comes to this black and blue burger recipe.

All Black Spices in a bowl and all the ingredients are unmixed.

Where Does The Blue Come From?

Blue cheese. This fine, slightly stinky, cheese brings some earthy balance to the mix. Perhaps if this kind of cheese is not your style, you could go a bit lighter and add feta instead of blue cheese. I enjoy, however, the balance that the creamy cheese brings to the blackened, spiciness that covers the burger in this black and blue burger recipe.

Combine the black and blue. And here we are.

Black and Blue Patties

These are not small burgers. Take two quarter-pound patties, put a little pocket of blue cheese right in the center, and crimp the two patties together. There really is no secret to this other than to try and make it seal as nicely as possible. Use your hand to crimp the edges and work to make a nice sealed burger.

Enclosing two quarter pound patties around a bit of blue cheese for this hamburger.
Adding Black rub onto hamburger patties.

Why stop there?

We have spiciness in this recipe and some creamy, earthiness. What else could we do to this burger to bomb your taste buds with flavor. How about some bacon and rosemary garlic? Mmmm. Bacon.

Mixed Mayo, Garlic, and Rosemary sauce

Recipes to Go With Our Black and Blue Burger

We have a post on how to make some killer brioche buns, as well as another on grinding your own hamburger patties.  All in all,  this Black And Blue Burger is a flavor bomb and your mouth can be ground zero.

Grilling Seasoned Burger Patties.

Black and Blue Burger Grilling Tips

  • Use 80/20 burger for best results
  • The mayo is optional, but why wouldn’t you?
  • Make sure the edges of this burger are well crimped before putting on the grill. 

Products I Used In This Recipe

Open faced Black and Blue burger with bacon on top.

Did You Make This Recipe?

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Black and Blue Burger on a cutting board with a pint of beer in the background.

Black and blue burger recipe

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 3 Hamburgers 1x
  • Category: Grilling
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American
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This Black and Blue burger adds a ton of zing to your grilling repertoire. Not only is it a great hamburger, but has a beautiful rosemary garlic mayo and a few slabs of wonderful, wonderful bacon.




  • 1 ½ Pounds 80/20 Hamburger
  • 3 Ounces crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 6 Cooked bacon strips
  • 3 Hamburger Buns
  • Black and Blue Burger Seasoning (see below)
  • Rosemary Garlic Mayo (see below)

Black and Blue Burger Seasoning:

  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper

Rosemary Garlic Mayo:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons diced rosemary


  1. Mix all Rosemary Garlic Mayo ingredients in a small dish and put in fridge
  2. Mix all dry seasoning ingredients and set aside. Can store additional in an airtight container.
  3. Make 6 1/4 pound patties
  4. Place 1 ounce of cheese in the center of three of the patties.
  5. Place patties without cheese over the patties with cheese to make a sealed, stuffed hamburger. Make sure sides are tight.
  6. Rub dry seasoning on burger patties.
  7. Preheat grill to 450° Fahrenheit.
  8. Allow to grill for 5 minutes, undisturbed.
  9. Flip once. Allow to grill another 5 minutes, undisturbed.
  10. Ensure the temperature is safe with your thermometer and if it is, place on buns.
  11. Top burgers with mayo and bacon.


  • Use 80/20 burger for best results
  • The mayo is optional, but why wouldn’t you?
  • Make sure the edges of this burger are well crimped before putting on the grill.

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  1. Oh my! I love burgers and i often make for my kids. But I never tried one with blue cheese! great idea! 🙂

  2. I was just thinking about grilling some burgers this weekend, so this with blue cheese is perfect!