Big Bacon Burger

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 burgers
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoon oil, plus more for grill grate
  • 4 slices Jack cheese
  • 4 kaiser rolls, halved and toasted
  • Chili Mayo, recipe follows
  • 8 slices crisped bacon
  • Quick-Pickled Onions, recipe follows
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 medium red onions, halved and sliced paper thin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • In a large bowl, combine the spinach, Worcestershire, egg, and salt and pepper, to taste. With a whisk, mix the ingredients until egg is broken up and incorporated. Add the meat and with your hands, mix until thoroughly combined. Shape the meat mixture into 4 even patties, to fit the size of the kaiser roll, and put a 1/4-inch slight dimple in the middle of each patty to allow it to cook evenly.

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Alternately, heat a grill to medium (350 degrees F) and rub the grate with a towel dipped in oil.

  • Heat the broiler on low heat.

  • Add the patties to the skillet, and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook another 4 to 6 minutes for medium-rare burgers. Alternately, grill the patties uncovered for 4 to 6 minutes, then flip and grill for another 4 to 6 minutes. Top each patty with a piece of cheese and put under the broiler to melt the cheese. Alternately, close the grill top, and cook until the cheese is melted.

  • For the each burger, spread the bottom of the roll with 1/4 of the mayonnaise. Put the burger on the mayonnaise and top with 2 slices of the bacon and some of the onions. Cover with the top of the roll and serve.

  • Quick-Pickled Onions:

  • Combine all the ingredients, except the onions and bay leaf, in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and then bring to a boil. When the mixture comes to a boil, stir in the onion. Remove the pan from the heat and add the bay leaf. Let sit at room temperature until cool, at least 1 hour.

  • Chili Mayo:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl until evenly mixed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


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