May is National Hamburger Month. The United States has taken the lowly hamburger and elevated it to gastronomic status. Here’s a recipe that transforms the typical cheeseburger into a Northwest flavor powerhouse. It’s Mr. Barbecue’s Oregon Hazelnut Cheeseburger.


  • 2 lbs. fresh ground chuck (regular burger with 17 to 10% fat content)
  • 1 cup roasted and smoked hazelnuts-chopped but chunky
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper blend (white, pink and green pepper corns)
  • 1/2 tsp. minced onion
  • 4 slices Tillamook cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns


    Get your grill going. Pre-heat for 10-15 minutes on high.

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in with the hamburger meat. (Option-leave out the hazelnuts and instead roll each patty in the nuts to coat the patty).
  2. Form uniform sized and thick hamburger patties-being careful to not compress the meat too much.
  3. Place burger on the grill and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes per side, turning once.
  4. After turning, wait 3 minutes, then place cheese on top of burgers and continue cooking until the cheese just begins to melt.
  5. Remove from grill, fix buns, add the meat and celebrate National Hamburger Month with a NW original burger!


This recipe generously provided by¬†New Radio KXL’s Mr. BBQ, Bruce Bjorkman.