Big Mike Burger

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

Pecan Burger:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

6 slices bacon

1/2 cup chopped pecans

3 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves

2 tablespoons grated onion

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

Butter Burger:

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground chuck

4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes

4 ounces American cheese, cut into 6 portions

Special Sauce for the "Big Mike":

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup yellow mustard

1/4 cup ketchup

Hot sauce

2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapenos

To serve:

12 hamburger buns

6 leaves lettuce

6 tomato slices

6 onion slices

Directions

Pecan Burger:

  1. Preheat broiler or grill. Divide ground beef into 12 flat patties. Partially saute bacon - the fat should start rendering, but it shouldn't be crispy. Drain bacon. Mix pecans, parsley, onion, and butter together. Spread mixture on 6 of the patties. Top with remaining 6 patties and seal the edges with the partially sauteed bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick. Broil or grill 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness, turning once.

Butter Burger:

  1. Salt and pepper the beef, to taste. Mix beef and cubed butter together with your hands and form 6 balls. Push a piece of American cheese into the center of each ball. Mold ground beef around the cheese in the shape of a patty. Cook on hot grill or in skillet to desired doneness.

Butter Burger:

  1. Salt and pepper the beef, to taste. Mix beef and cubed butter together with your hands and form 6 balls. Push a piece of American cheese into the center of each ball. Mold ground beef around the cheese in the shape of a patty. Cook on hot grill or in skillet to desired doneness.

Special Sauce for the "Big Mike":

  1. Stir all ingredients together until well blended.

To Serve:

  1. Place 1 pecan burger on a bottom piece of 6 buns. Top with another bottom piece of bun and the butter burger. Top with sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and a top piece of the bun. Discard or save for another use the remaining 6 top bun pieces.