BLT Cheeseburgers with Russian Tarragon Sauce

Citrus Salad

A BLT Cheddar Burger in the middle of the week? How do I justify that? I usually save such indulgences for the weekend, serving healthier fare during the week.

Justification #1:  Serve it with a beautiful Citrus Salad (recipe below).  By the way, that  upper left pink stuff is an overly-ripe grapefruit that I mangled trying to get it sliced.

Early on I was trained that a perfect plated meal included a chunk of meat, a green vegetable and a starch which was either baked or mashed potatoes.  And growing up on a wheat farm in the middle of Kansas, there was never a meal without bread and butter.  EVER.

These days, more often than not, I’ll plate nothing but a tossed salad next to that chunk of meat. There’s just nothing better than a healthy array of beautiful chopped greens and fruits topped with a flavorful vinaigrette for a side dish. And so many variations available year round with seasonal fruits and veggies. Yum. On the weekends? You bet I’ll take fries with that burger.

Justification #2:  Maybe I should take the bacon off and feed it to the dogs, after all it would look better on them than me.

Justification #3, add a  healthy chunk of iceberg lettuce and a couple of rings of onions AND, whole wheat hamburger buns. Ok, bacon, you’re back in. Afterall, there’s nothing worse than a fat “little dog”. Don’t you agree?

Justification #4:  Leave off the ooey-gooey melted sharp cheddar, (ok, I have to admit, only because I didn’t have any on hand) and add a nice big slice of tomato. Oops that little Devil appeared on my shoulder and I slathered on some mayo based Russian Tarragon Sauce (recipe below).

A burger and a salad on a Wednesday night…I was in heaven, even without that ooey-gooey cheddar. If you’re looking for a delicious twist on a regular burger, you might want to give this a try. I found this over at Food and Wine Magazine, a recipe from BLT Burger in Las Vegas. I learned an interesting technique from this recipe; dip the burger patties in ice water and then brush them with unsalted melted butter while grilling.  The natural sugars carmelize making the burger flavors even more delicious. The Citrus Salad recipe is mine.

Citrus Salad:

  • 2 Kiwi fruit, peeled and quartered
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced in rounds
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled and sliced in rounds
  • mixed greens

Pineapple is also great on this salad.

Dressing for Citrus Salad:

3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs catsup
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake until well blended.

Cheddar BLT Burgers with Russian Tarragon Sauce:


  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/3 cup ketchup
  3. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon grated onion
  5. 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
  7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 12 ounces thickly sliced bacon
  9. 1 1/3 pounds ground beef chuck
  10. 1 1/3 pounds ground beef sirloin
  11. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  12. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  13. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  14. 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 6 slices
  15. 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  16. 6 iceberg lettuce leaves
  17. 6 slices of tomato
  18. 6 slices of red onion



  1. Whisk the mayo, ketchup, red wine vinegar, onion, parsley, tarragon and Worcestershire sauce until blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Cook the bacon until crisp.
  3. Light a grill and fill a large bowl with ice water. Gently mix the ground chuck with the ground sirloin, salt and pepper. Form the meat into patties and submerge in the cold water and let soak for 30 seconds. Immediately transfer the burgers to the grill and brush with some of the melted butter. Grill over high heat for 9 minutes for medium-rare meat, turning once or twice and brushing occasionally with butter. Top the burgers with the cheese during the last-minute of grilling and let melt.
  4. Spread the Russian dressing on the buns. Set the lettuce leaves and tomato slices on the bottom halves and top with the burgers, red onion and bacon.

Tarragon Burgers and Citrus Salad…It’s Whats For Dinner…even during the week.

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  1. says

    Oh my. I was about to say, I’ll just have that salad, please, and then I scrolled down and saw that hamburger. WOW. I am trying to diet here! I need your justificatioins!

  2. Vickie says

    It’s easy to convince me to have one of your beautiful salads – and this one is no exception. But, holy-moly, that burger sounds so, so good! I love that you put the patty in that puddle of delicousness . . . Dana will be singing your praises this weekend when I try this. 😛

  3. says

    What a fabulous looking meal. Everything looks perfect and I’m sure it’s delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  4. says

    I’d love to sink my teeth into that burger! Absolutely delicious. The salad on the side balances out the burger perfectly!

  5. says

    That burger looks deliicous! I would be happy to take that burger with a side of your delicious salad anytime, anyday.

  6. says

    I love burgers on the grill – I go all out with cheese though. It’s calcium – good for your bones, right? Great photos!

  7. says

    That gorgeous salad would justify eating practically anything. I like how you cut the kiwi. I really got a kick out of your comment about the bacon and looking better on the dog. So true.

    I’m really liking how you’re linking these posts to your newest post Lea Ann. Great idea. With Blogger, we have the linky tool that does it automatically, but not sure how many people actually take a look at those posts. This way I’m getting two posts in one……yummy.

    • says

      Thanks Sam. I appreciate you taking a peek into the past. It’s fun for me to see what I’ve talked about, how my photos have improved, etc.


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