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Memphis Blues Burgers with Mustard Sauce Recipe-12071

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Pat: You can shape these burgers into four ¼-pound patties, but in Memphis, we shape them into mini-burgers so each person gets to eat two (and kids love the easy-to-eat size). Drizzled with a spicy mustard sauce and topped with ripe tomatoes, pickles, and fresh lettuce, these juicy, satisfying burgers fly off the plate every time. Run out of these and you’ll be singing the Memphis blues.

Yield: Serves 4



  • 1 small red onion, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ small onion, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 small potato rolls, split in half
  • 2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • Sliced pickles, for garnish
  • Leaf lettuce, for garnish
  • 1 recipe Mustard Sauce (see below)

Mustard sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple-cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper



Preheat a flat-top grill pan to high.

Place the sliced onion on the grill, and cook until lightly charred and tender, about 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, grated onion, salt, and pepper. Make eight small burgers equal in size, about 3 inches across.

Cook the burgers on the flat-top for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Serve on the split rolls with grilled onions, tomatoes, pickles, and Mustard Sauce.


Stir all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.


To really “blues” up your burgers, top them with crumbled blue cheese.

© 2009 Patrick Neely and Gina Neely

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving, and does not include pickles for garnish.

549kcal (27%)
957mg (40%)
29g (44%)
9g (43%)
80mg (27%)
32mcg RAE (1%)
9mg (15%)
101mg (10%)
5mg (26%)

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