Bacon Cheeseburger Dumplings with Spicy Soy Ketchup

I'm always obsessed with a good mash-up, and here's one featuring two of my favorite things: cheeseburgers and dumplings. This recipe is super-simple to put together, and once you know the technique you can experiment with your own fun fillings.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 24 dumplings
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Ingredients

1/2 pound ground beef (85% lean)

2 slices bacon, finely chopped

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar

2 scallions, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

24 round gyoza wrappers

Olive oil, for browning the dumplings

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sriracha

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place some water in a small bowl for wetting your fingers.
  2. Mix the beef, bacon, Cheddar, scallions, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl.
  3. Place 5 or 6 gyoza wrappers in front of you. Put about 1 tablespoon of beef filling in the center of each wrapper. Working with one wrapper at a time, dip your finger in the water and wet the edges of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over the filling. Dip your finger in water again and lightly run it across one side of the top circular edge. Use your thumb and forefinger to fold tiny pleats along the edges of the dumpling and press to seal. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all dumplings are formed. (Recruit some helpers if you can!)
  4. Pour some oil in a large nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. Add 6 to 8 dumplings and cook until the dumplings begin to brown, about 1 minute.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup water onto the skillet and cover with a lid. Lower the heat and let the dumplings steam for 3 to 4 minutes. The wrappers will become translucent when the dumplings are cooked through; you can cut into a dumpling to test for doneness. Continue until all the dumplings are cooked.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, soy sauce and sriracha in a small bowl. Serve the dumplings with the spicy ketchup.
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