Recipe: Bacon-Cheese Mix-In Burgers for National Hamburger Day
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
He thought it would be better if the bacon and the cheese were mixed into the patty before it was cooked. Sheer genius!
So we cooked and crumbled bacon, chopped some Swiss cheese, and mixed everything up with the ground beef before cooking up the burgers.
The result turned out to be a thing of absolute beauty, with the bits of bacon on the surface becoming slightly caramelized as they cooked and the tidbits of cheese starting to melt. The flavors of the mix-ins infuse the entire burger.
So, in honor of today's festivities — National Hamburger Day — I am offering Jeremy's Bacon-Cheese Mix-In Burgers. They're everything you want in a burger, and immensely good for your soul!
Bacon-Cheese Mix-In Burgers
1-1/2 pounds ground chuck
6 strips applewood-smoked bacon, chopped fine
1-1/2 ounces Swiss cheese, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small red onion, halved, sliced
4 onion rolls, lightly toasted
Dijon mustard, or other condiments to taste
Tomato slices, lettuce, etc. to taste
Combine ground chuck, bacon, Swiss, salt, garlic powder and pepper; form into 4 burger patties 5 inches across. Cook the burgers over medium-high heat in a large skillet until well-browned on both sides but still squishy when pressed in the middle.
Add the onion to the skillet and cook until the onion is softened and starting to caramelize; the burgers should still be not quite firm in the center. (If you have a grill, which I sadly don't, by all means use it for the burgers, then just saute the onions in a skillet.)
Place 1 onion roll onto each of 4 serving plates; spread rolls with Dijon mustard and top with onions, tomato and burger patties.
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