Monday, September 02, 2013

Monster Onion Bacon Burgers

Monster Onion Bacon Burger with a splash of whiskey for good measure |

I am so excited it's September. Not only is it my birthday month, it's also my favorite month of the year (not because it's my birthday LOL). I love the weather - it's always just right, not too hot, not too cold. It seems like it doesn't rain as much. The leaves start to change gradually. AND SCHOOL STARTS.

Yes that absolutely warrants all caps! I adore school and I'm lucky enough to be starting my bachelor's program in a week. I am going for elementary education, so I'm going to be seeing a lot more of school in the future. Not to mention, my youngest is joining her brother in school this year and I will officially have an empty house! A kindergartener and a first grader - with a deployed husband. I don't know how much extra time I will have - I assume that I will have a little. I'm thinking I'll be able to cook more without the kids under foot and rushing to get the food on the table. Plus I will be able to do more with whatever I can pack in a lunch box!

Oh yeah, and then there's today's recipe...I didn't forget! :)

Today's recipe is one I actually saved aside because I thought my husband might like it. I typically don't drink whiskey and I'm actually really anti-Jack (which I'm pretty sure is blasphemous when you're from Tennessee), however, the splash of whiskey with the onions really added another layer of flavor and wow to a normal old burger. Unfortunately, I didn't make this until after he deployed - sometimes I do test out things while he is deployed because I'm so afraid they'll be duds. This burger is definitely NOT a dud and I highly recommend making it as soon as you can!

What you need:
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 Colby Jack sliced cheese
  • 1/2 lb. ground sirloin
  • 1/2 lb. ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • Splash of whiskey
  1. Mix sirloin and chuck and form into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil over medium high heat. Cook onion until softened and slightly caramelized. Add a splash of whiskey for flavor.
  3. Add bacon to onions and heat until warmed up.
  4. Meanwhile, cook patties in a skillet until browned. Turning once - and NO SMUSHING with your spatula. Top with cheese after you turn.
  5. Toast buns on a griddle or in a skillet.
  6. Serve burgers topped with the onion & bacon mixture and whatever condiments you want.

Recipe from Patio Daddio BBQ

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