This brie burger is topped with a sweet and tangy blueberry BBQ sauce, crispy bacon and fresh arugula.
For at least 15 years, a group of us have rented a piece of property on the lake in the town I grew up in.
Knowing someone with lake rights was clutch growing up.
There’s essentially no public access yet the lake is the place you wanted to be in the summer.
Luckily for me, I always had a friend or neighbor with an in and then as an adult, we’ve had this property.
Well guess what?
After 15 years of renting from this ancient woman (seriously, she must be in her mid to late 90s) who lives in NYC and has had no desire to even bother driving the hour north to check on her property in the last 15 years, all of a sudden (the year we finally buy a boat, mind you) her son decides he wants to use it for the summer.
Commence panic attack.
Long story short, we happened to know someone selling a piece of property around the lake and a few phone calls/emails later, we decided we’re buying that property.
This was April 1.
In my mind I was like “perfect! We’ll be all settled by Memorial Day and since Ulysses is actually off that weekend, we’ll spend the whole thing on the lake.”
Except, do closings ever happen on time or go how they’re supposed to?
Considering the amount we’ve gone through at this point in our lives, you’d think I would’ve known better.
Almost two months later, here we are STILL waiting on the survey company to finalize things so we can close on the property.
With each day that passes, I see my Memorial Day boating dreams vanish and a small part of me wants to cry since I won’t be spending the unofficial start to summer in a bikini on the boat, getting a tan while blasting country music with a beer in hand because that’s literally all I’ve been visualizing for the past 2 months.
The positive to this otherwise sad predicament is that I can eat all the blueberry BBQ brie burgers I want.
Grilling at the lake and grilling at home are two completely different experiences.
At the lake, we’re lucky if I remember utensils and plates let alone condiments.
At home, with my fridge at my disposal, blueberry BBQ sauce and fancy brie burgers grilled to perfection made with delicious local grass-fed beef become a possibility.
And that takes away just a teeny tiny bit of the sadness.
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Blueberry BBQ Brie Burger
For the Blueberry BBQ sauce
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
- dash worcestershire sauce
- 1 small garlic clove minced
For the burgers
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh herbs I used sage and thyme
- salt and pepper
- 4 thick slices creamy goat milk brie
- 4 buns
- 4 slices cooked bacon
- 1 cup baby arugula
For the Blueberry BBQ sauce
- Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pot, bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until reduced and thickened. Set aside.
For the Burgers
- Combine the ground beef, garlic, onion, herbs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix together with your hands and form into 4 patties.
- Cook burgers on the grill until desired doneness.
- Top with brie slices 30 seconds before burgers are done to let soften.
- Place the burgers on the bun (use gluten-free if necessary), top with the blueberry BBQ sauce, bacon and arugula.
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Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.