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Bachelor on the Cheap Bacon Cheddar Burgers

Bachelor on the Cheap Bacon Cheddar Burgers
Kick your burgers up a notch with sausage, bacon and cheddar!

By Mike Thayer

I'm not really into baking anymore in trying to go pretty much gluten free aside from a hamburger bun a day during my Burger Challenge. SO instead of mixing flour with my trusty Kitchenaid, I'm mixing meat! Bacon Cheddar Burgers!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 6 - 8 slices of bacon, pre-cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Worchestershire

Directions:

It's pretty straight forward, put all ingredients in a mixer, mix on low setting for about a minute.  You only want to mix long enough to ensure everything is combined thoroughly.  Overmixing will compact the meat making it dense and heavy, giving it more of a meatball feel in the mouth rather than a 'fluffy' burger bite.  Tip:  Let the meats "UNchill" for a bit, they'll mix easier.  Trying to mix the meats just pulled from the refrigerator isn't as efficient and the other ingredients won't distribute as evenly through the ground beef and sausage.  Makes 12 quarter pound patties.

Cooking Tip:  Once patties are formed, you're good to go if frying.  A cast iron skillet on medium high heat will give you the best outer crust.  If grilling, Remember Grilling Tip #1 from Chapter 2 of Grilling Good Eats: Ground meats should be cold when putting on the grill. If patties are at room temperature, they tend to fall apart or droop through the cooking grate. As I make patties, I like to stack them with plastic wrap or parchment paper between each patty and put them in the freezer for about an hour before grilling. 

Enjoy!  It's Another Dose of YUM!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

 

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