Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jon's Bacon Burger

The greatest things in the world happened last week. My new little niece, Addison, came into this world. On my Ingram side, I am an aunt 12 times, almost 13. But on my Peterson side, this is my first time being an aunt. I couldn't be more thrilled. Same with my little Jack. Before I left to go to the hospital to be around for the action, I bathed my boys and put them to bed. When I was bathing Jack, I asked him if he was excited to hold his new cousin the next day. He said, and I quote, "I promise that I will cover my eyes when the baby comes out of Aunt Haley's penis." He's quite the gentleman.

In honor of new baby Addie, I am posting her daddy Jon's recipe for bacon burgers. Most bacon burgers claim to be bacon burgers by putting bacon ON the burger. My brother in-law Jon says, "Yeah right". For a burger to be considered one of the bacon variety, it needs bacon IN it. Yes, actual chunks of bacon and the grease it was cooked in. THAT is a bacon burger.

Am I a burger officianato? No, but we have made a whole bunch of burgers and have learned a thing or two along the way. Things like having the meat at room temperature. Things like putting an egg in the mix to hold things together. And don't handle the meat too much. Oh yeah, and the obvious, don't flatten the burger on the grill. It doesn't matter what you put into a burger unless you are able to prepare it correctly and give it the love it needs.

What's on my burger?
Yellow mustard, ketchup, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, onion rings and pickles.
Mmmm mmmm sexy.

3 thick slices bacon, diced (preferably apple wood smoked)
4 lbs ground beef, at room temperature (preferably 80/2o)
1 egg, lightly beaten
A few pinches kosher salt
A few grinds black pepper
2 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add the bacon. Cook until soft, but not crisp. Remove pan from heat and allow bacon to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, salt, pepper, Montreal, cayenne and Worcestershire. Using a rubber scraper, pour the bacon onto the ground beef, being sure to scrape all of the bacon grease on as well. Using your hands, mix all ingredients together just until combined. Do not overmix the meat.

Heat the grill to medium high heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape the ground beef into 8 even patties. Set each patty on the parchment. Instead of stacking the patties, add another piece of parchment on top of the first layer and then put the patties on top.

Grill the hamburgers on each side for 3-4 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns with condiments of your choice.

Yields 8 hamburger patties.

Served with this: green salad, onion rings and Paula Deen's radical peach cobbler for dessert.


Ingrid said...

I would imagine that my guys and babygirl would agree with Mr. Jon as they would call him. Though I do think they would some on it too. Greedy like that they are.

Oh, my goodness, you gotta write a book on all the funny statements Jack has made. I'm thinking college education..PAID!

Ingrid said...

Yeah, I'm an idiot typist!

rabidrunner said...

Dearest Rookie,

Your firecracker post with the bacon burgers came AFTER my post mentioning the lull in blogland. So one might conclude that my Spike post removed the lull. Eh?!!!!!!!!

I realize that you have your posts scheduled in advance, but being as we're not quite cosmically aligned (yet), I didn't see it coming. I believe we'll be having those burgers for dinner tonight by the way. I have a houseful of boys who'd trade me for an equal weight of bacon.

Marie said...

Your Jon is correct...it isn't a bacon burger unless the bacon is IN the burger...someone taught him right!

My hubs and I have perfected the hamburger in our house too...we add seasoned bread crumbs or a little bit of stove top stuffing to our burgers for the already built in seasoning and as a binder instead of egg. A little cheese, onion flakes, garlic and we are good to go! Fantastic!

[Morgan] said...

bah ha ha!
that jack.

Shelby Lou said...

hahahahah i loved this post. Sorry if you are noticing that I am commenting on everything now, I am just catching myself up.