Chili Dog Bacon Cheeseburgers and Fiery Fries

Total Time:
28 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
18 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 8 slices center cut or other lean, thick-cut, smoky bacon
  • 1 pound ground lean beef
  • 2 hot dogs, beef or pork, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning (recommended: Montreal Seasoning by McCormick)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, eyeball it
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon hot sauce, eyeball it, divided
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • Vegetable oil, for drizzling
  • 4 slices deli sliced Cheddar
  • 1 sack (16 to18 ounces) crispy style frozen potato fries
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chives, a handful
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
Directions

Preheat broiler to high.

Place bacon on slotted broiler pan. Cook bacon 10 inches from the heat and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side until crisp then adjust oven to bake setting for temperature recommended on fries packaging.

While bacon cooks, make the burgers. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Mix beef with diced dogs, chili powder, grill seasoning, Worcestershire, 1 teaspoon of hot sauce and ketchup. Form 4 large patties. Add a drizzle of oil, 1 turn of the pan and add the patties. Cook burgers 6 minutes on each side, then top with 2 slices bacon and 1 slice of cheddar, each. Turn pan off, cover with loose foil tent and let cheese melt, 1 to 2 minutes.

While the burgers cook, add fries to oven and cook until extra-crisp. Remove from oven. Place butter, 1 tablespoon hot sauce and garlic in a small dish and microwave on high 20 seconds then transfer fries to a large bowl. Toss fries with garlic-hot sauce butter and chives and season with salt, to taste.

Slather chili sauce on the tops of split keiser rolls. Place bacon chili-cheese burgers on bun bottoms and top each burger with lettuce, cilantro, and lime juice. Set bun tops in place. Pile fries alongside and serve.


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