Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Beef & Bacon Burgers


These beef & bacon burgers turned out to be a minor triumph.  I'll certainly be doing them again.  So much better than the bought alternatives, in my opinion, anyway.


Mix your beef mince (ground beef) with mustard powder, grated cheese, tomato paste, salt & pepper, breadcrumbs, an egg, a touch of cayenne pepper and a shake of crispy fried onions.

Form into patties with slightly moist hands.  I wore gloves because I was going to prepare the fillings next and didn't want them contaminated with raw meat.  Store the patties, covered, in the fridge.

For the fillings, I did a small plate with a few cabbage leaf pieces (a substitute for the lettuce I didn't have), thinly sliced red onion, tomato slices and some pickled cucumber slices (store bought – haven't tackled pickling yet).

I prepared 2 sauces.  The tomatoey sauce was a mix of chipotle and tomato sauce, ketchup and chilli sauce.

The mustardy sauce was a mixture of mayonnaise (bought not made) and Hot English Mustard.

Everything up to here can be done well in advance.  When dinner time approaches, you just lightly fry slices of bacon (not too much otherwise they will go over crispy in the oven).  Put the bacon into a moderate oven and then fry the patties in groups in the bacon fat.  Just get them a nice colour on each side and then put them in the oven with the bacon to finish cooking (about 15 minutes max).

The final element are the hamburger buns, which I just buttered and then fried in the same pan (not wiped out) on the buttered side only until slightly golden round the edges.

Then on to the table for each person to assemble their own.  As you can see because I chose to have 2 patties with bacon in between the burger was really too big to bite into so I ate it as an open sandwich.  Yum.

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  1. Be still, my heart! That looks so very GOOD!!!! Bet it smelled heavenly!

  2. Well, you just have to love a burger that's too big to bite into! I'm especially liking that tomatoey sauce with chipotle. And buttery pan-toasted buns...yes, please.

    Thank you for linking, Carole!

  3. Bacon really does make everything better ;-)

  4. Sometimes you just crave a good burger. Like the idea of adding mustard and crispy fried onions in the patties.

  5. Looks wonderful. I love having some spices in the burger and the tomatoey sauce would be just perfect.

  6. Oh yeah! I'm with Jama -- sometimes a big juicy burger is just the right kind of dinner

  7. I love burgers. And coming from the south bacon or bacon grease went into everything!

  8. I have never, ever, met a burger I did not like! Drooling here now....

  9. I've been craving a good burger. I've never thought to add crispy onions but that sounds delicious!!

  10. That. Looks. AMAZING. Drooling over here...!

  11. Sorry if this is a duplicate comment! These burgers sound delicious and I've been craving something really hearty. Love the addition of the crispy onions!

  12. There is nothing like a great burger and this burger looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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