Black and Blue Burger

  • 15MINS
  • 15MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 362KCAL

This is one of our favourite burger recipes! With blackened Cajun spices and a cooling blue cheese dressing, these tasty burgers are perfect for a slimming friendly barbecue.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories362
  • Carbs34g
  • Protein31g
  • Fat9.9g
  • Saturates4.5g
  • Sugars6.5g

Black and Blue Burgers - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

If you’ve never tried a Black and Blue Burger before, you’re in for a treat! The name comes from the combination of the crispy, blackened spice mix on the outside of the burgers, and the cooling blue cheese dressing that’s dolloped on top. 

Your homemade Cajun blend is made from a punchy combination of spices, which can be as hot or mild as you like. The beef patties need a generous coating of spice mix before they’re added to the pan, where the spices turn black, but not burnt. 

This adds such a delicious smoky, spicy flavour that complements the creamy, cool blue cheese and yoghurt dressing. It’s easy to see why this is one of our favourite burgers!

We love to make these for slimming friendly summer barbecues, but they’re perfect any time of the year. Load them up with crisp iceberg lettuce and juicy tomatoes and get stuck in!

What diets is this Black and Blue Burger suitable for?

Black and Blue Burgers can be enjoyed on gluten free diets, as long as you substitute the wholemeal bread rolls and panko breadcrumbs for suitable gluten free alternatives. 

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Black and Blue Burger recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Black and Blue Burger?

Nope! Everything you need for this recipe should be easy to find in your usual supermarket. We’ve used Stilton to make our Black and Blue Burgers but you can use any type of blue cheese that you prefer.

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A burger press is not essential for this recipe but comes in really useful. If you make burgers fairly regularly, it’s worth picking one up to make the job easier. 

A griddle pan like this one from Amazon is great for cooking your burgers. Griddle pans are especially good for cooking with less oil, and this one is easy to clean too!

How many calories are in this Black and Blue Burger?

This Black and Blue Burger is included in our Everyday Light recipe category because it contains just 362 calories per portion. For more delicious dishes all under 400 calories, take a look at other Everyday Light recipes!

This Black and Blue Burger recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Sauté the onions and peppers for 5 minutes until softened. Place in a large mixing bowl and allow to cool.

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Step 2

Combine all of the spice mix ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

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Step 3

Prepare the blue cheese dressing by lightly mashing the cheese and the yoghurt together with a fork, mixing well, but keeping a chunky texture.

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Step 4

When the peppers and onions are cool, add the mince, panko breadcrumbs and half the spice mix. Add the egg and mix together throughly. At this stage, you can cook a small penny sized piece in a hot frying pan and taste. Adjust the seasoning by adding salt and black pepper to taste. Form the mixture into 6 burgers. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes to firm up.

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Step 5

When ready to cook, spray the burgers liberally on both sides with low calorie cooking spray and then rub in the remaining spice mix.

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Step 6

Place the frying pan on a medium to high heat and add the burgers. Cook for 4-5 minutes each side. The spice coating should blacken, but not burn. You may need to do this in 2 batches.

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Step 7

Split the rolls in half and fill with the lettuce, tomato and onion. Place a burger on top and then dollop a spoonful of the blue cheese dressing on top. Enjoy!

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What could I serve with this Black and Blue Burger?

When we have these Black and Blue Burgers we like to serve them with a simple mixed salad on the side. If you’re feeling really hungry, you could serve them with any of the following:

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How do you know when Black and Blue Burger is cooked?

You should cook this Black and Blue Burger until the spice mix on the outside has turned black but is not burnt. The burgers need to be cooked for 4-5 minutes on each side until they are cooked all the way through. 

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Black and Blue Burger in the fridge?

We recommend that you eat this recipe within 4 hours of serving it.

If you have any leftover burgers, then make sure that you allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. The burgers can be kept, unassembled, in the fridge for around 3 days.

Can I freeze Black and Blue Burger?

The burger patties CAN be frozen but only BEFORE they are cooked. If you are planning to freeze the uncooked burgers please make sure you:

  • Freeze them as soon as possible after they have been made.
  • Place a sheet of greaseproof paper in-between each patty to stop them sticking together. 
  • Wrap well in cling film and pop in a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Label your dish with the name of the recipe and the date that you froze it on.

How do I reheat Black and Blue Burger?

From chilled: Place in a microwavable container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and cook in a frying pan for 4-5 minutes on each side until the spice coating has blackened and the burgers are cooked all the way through. 

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Black and Blue Burger

This is one of our favourite burger recipes! With blackened Cajun spices and a cooling blue cheese dressing, these tasty burgers are perfect for a slimming friendly barbecue.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 362
  • Carbs 34G

Ingredients

For the patties

  • 500 g 5% fat minced beef
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small pepper, any colour, approx. 100g deseeded and finely chopped
  • 20 g panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • low calorie cooking spray

For the spice mix

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garlic granules

For the dressing

  • 75 g fat free Greek yoghurt
  • 50 g blue cheese, crumbled

To serve

  • 6 wholemeal bread rolls
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 iceberg lettuce, shredded

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Instructions

  1. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Sauté the onions and peppers for 5 minutes until softened. Place in a large mixing bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Combine all of the spice mix ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Prepare the blue cheese dressing by lightly mashing the cheese and the yoghurt together with a fork, mixing well, but keeping a chunky texture.
  4. When the peppers and onions are cool, add the mince, panko breadcrumbs and half the spice mix. Add the egg and mix together throughly. At this stage, you can cook a small penny sized piece in a hot frying pan and taste. Adjust the seasoning by adding salt and black pepper to taste. Form the mixture into 6 burgers. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes to firm up.
  5. When ready to cook, spray the burgers liberally on both sides with low calorie cooking spray and then rub in the remaining spice mix.
  6. Place the frying pan on a medium to high heat and add the burgers. Cook for 4-5 minutes each side. The spice coating should blacken, but not burn. You may need to do this in 2 batches.
  7. Split the rolls in half and fill with the lettuce, tomato and onion. Place a burger on top and then dollop a spoonful of the blue cheese dressing on top. Enjoy!

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Recipe notes

Tip: We used smoked paprika (also known as smoked sweet paprika). This has a mild spice rating. You can also use hot smoked paprika. This has a more fiery kick to it and you should only use this if you like your spices hot!
Tip: We used Stilton cheese, but you can use any blue cheese you prefer.

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Diane TowlardMonday 18th April 2022

You’ve not included red pepper in your list of ingredients but from the illustration above it looks like just one?

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    HollyTuesday 19th April 2022

    Hey Diane, sorry about that this has now been amended to include 1 small pepper in the burger mixture, hope that helps!

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LauraMonday 18th April 2022

Hello! The instructions mention (bell) pepper alongside the onions but it’s not listed in the Pattie ingredients?

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    HollyTuesday 19th April 2022

    Hi Laura, sorry about that this has now been amended to include 1 small pepper in the burger mixture, hope that helps!

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Claire PikeMonday 18th April 2022

Does the calorie count include the bun as well as the burger patty & dressing?

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    HollyTuesday 19th April 2022

    Hey Claire, anything listed in the ingredients list of the recipe is included in the nutritional information so that includes the burger bun and blue cheese dressing, hope that helps!

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Jean CapewellMonday 18th April 2022

This recipe sounds delicious, but there are no peppers in the ingredients only in the method, how many peppers should there be, looking forward to trying this recipe.

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    HollyTuesday 19th April 2022

    Hey Jean, sorry about that this has now been amended to include 1 small pepper in the burger mixture, hope that helps!

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