Bacon Burger Dogs

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 fresh pork bratwursts

2 12-ounce bottles lager beer

1/2 pound ground beef chuck

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

16 slices center-cut bacon

4 hot dog buns, split

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

Directions

  1. Put the bratwursts in a medium pot in a single layer. Pour in the beer, then add enough water to cover the bratwursts by 1 inch, if necessary. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer until the bratwursts are cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove to a plate and allow to cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Gently mix with your hands and divide into 4 equal portions.
  3. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap. Arrange 4 bacon slices side by side on the plastic to form a rectangle, overlapping them slightly. Position the bacon rectangle with a short end in front of you. Press a portion of the beef over the half of the bacon rectangle closest to you. Place a bratwurst horizontally on top of the beef. Using the plastic wrap to help, tightly roll the bacon and beef around the bratwurst away from you; remove the plastic wrap. Secure the bacon with kitchen twine in 3 or 4 spots. Repeat to wrap the remaining bratwursts.
  4. Place the bacon-wrapped bratwursts seam-side down in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, turning, until the bacon is crisp and the beef is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove to a plate, tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Drizzle the insides of the buns with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and broil until golden brown, about 1 minute. Use scissors to remove the twine from the bratwursts. Place on the buns and top with the chopped onion and cheese.

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