The first cooking video that started it all. I snagged this from an old post on my Facebook page.
I think when I decided to make this burger, I had recently picked up 4 packets of bacon at the store. (Hey, it was on sale!) We were looking for ways to use it up. Putting it on a burger with blue cheese and caramelized onions was a no-brainer.
|Mom always said -- Never eat anything bigger than your head. Oops!|
- 1 lb. ground beef (80-20 lean/fat ratio)
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. Black pepper
- 1 tsp. Garlic powder
- 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
- 1 onion
- Balsamic vinegar
- Bacon (I rationed out 1-2 slices per burger)
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Kaiser buns, or your bun of choice
- Your desired burger toppings -- I used sliced tomatoes and butter lettuce leaves
- Slice the onion into slivers and place into a heated skillet with a tablespoon or so of butter. Can also use a combination of butter and olive oil.
- Cook slowly on LOW heat, stirring occasionally. After 50 minutes or so, they'll look very brown.
- Add a couple tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar and water. Stir and cook a couple more minutes until the onions are jammy.
- Fry up that bacon! I cut each piece in half first so it fits better under the bun.
- Put the beef into a bowl and add seasonings. Combine gently. I used clean hands for this and tried not to mix the meat too much. Otherwise, that could mean a tough burger!
- Divide the meat into patties. I did 3, but you could probably do 4 patties for a more manageable chomping size.
- When shaping the patties, use the old thumbprint trick. Put your thumb in the center of the meat and make a little dent. This should keep the center from puffing up like a football as it cooks. SIDE NOTE: In the video, I made my patties on the thicker side. In retrospect, I think I should have made them a little bit thinner. (Easier to fit in the mouth!)
- Cook the patties on medium heat. I did 3-4 minutes each side, so there was still a little pink in the middle.
- After the 1st flip, top with blue cheese crumbles and "tent" the burger to help melt that cheese. Since I was cooking on a stove-top griddle, I placed an upside-down loaf pan over the patties.