I really do feel guilty for haven’t been posting here. I feel like I have abandoned you guys… And you know I haven’t. I usually post my blog with step-by-step photos… however, this method of posting is very time consuming. And that is what I do not have much of these days… time! So… you’d have to forgive for having only a few photos for this post. At least you get an idea of what these burgers look like… 😉 So here it is…
Gourmet Burgers at Home
Serves 6 people
2 pounds ground beef 90% lean
1 pound ground pork – lean
¼ medium red onion – minced
4 garlic cloves – minced
4 teaspoons coarse sea salt or 2 ½ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. cayenne or to taste
1½ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. ground coriander
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
¼ tsp. ground cumin
1 TBSP. steak sauce
1 TBSP. Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP. spicy brown mustard
2 tsps. Liquid smoke
Combine all ingredients, as listed, in a large mixing bowl. Mix until meats and spices are combined well. Form into 6 large patties. Set aside while you cook the bacon slices.
Other Ingredients, Toppings, Condiments and Sides:
6 Ciabata breads or Kaiser Rolls – halves
1 pound thick slices bacon, cooked and broken each slice into halves crosswise
2 large red onions, halves and sliced crosswise – caramelized (see below)
Thick slices of large tomatoes (about 3 large tomatoes)
Romaine Lettuce leaves – washed and dried
Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries (Ore-Ida) – Cook as directed on the package
Heat a large skillet and cook the bacon slices until crispy. Drain on paper towels. Set aside. Remove all but 3 tablespoons bacon grease. (Keep bacon grease in a bowl or small jar). Keep the heat on medium.
Cook burger patties, 3 at a time, depending on the size of your skillet, in the bacon grease. Cook burgers, about 4 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you want your burgers.
Place cooked burgers in a large plate and wrap with aluminum foil to keep them warm. Continue cooking the remaining burgers.
Once all the burgers are cooked. Suit the sliced red onions in the burger drippings until onions are soft and caramelized. About 5 minutes. Place all the burgers back in the pan and top each patty with the caramelized onion.
In the meantime, heat another skillet or pancake griddle and grease with butter or a tablespoon of bacon grease. Toast the cut sides of the Ciabata breads or Kaiser Rolls.
Smear the toasted breads or rolls with mayonnaise. Line with romaine lettuce leaves and top with 1 or 2 tomato slices. Place one burger patty with the caramelized onion over the tomato slices. And place 2 or 3 slices of cooked bacon over the caramelized onion. Finish the burger by placing other toasted bread halves on top.
Serve burgers with Fast Food Fries.
Enjoy and Happy Cooking!
Tess’ Kitchen Secrets:
- For each pound of meat, use 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Use ½ teaspoon more for each pound of meat if using coarse sea salt.
- Use 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper for each pound of meat.
- To save time, buy a bag of romaine that’s already been washed and cut. And ready to serve.
- By the way… these burgers are excellent grilled over charcoal.