Saturday, February 7, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 7: Bacon Cheezeburger

Category NaBloPoMo February 2009 | Difficulty: Easy


I grew up in the McDonald's BK generation and everytime my mother would tell me we were going to Mickey D's or BK, I couldn't wait!!! I loved and always ordered the same thing: cheeseburger with french fries and a vanilla milkshake. And, I would always put a few fries inside my burger! I thought life couldn't get any better. In my teens and even into college, I lived on burgers plus I was a poor kid and I had to eat cheaply during that time. Hubby didn't necessarily grow up on fast food, but when he got his first job as a photographer, he was traveling to different states and cities for photo shoots and oftentimes he'd have to opt for fast food. But now...we're not spring chickens with fast metabolisms anymore and we can't eat those Mickey D's/BK/Wendy's burgers as often. So every now and again I'll make an old fashioned burger for us but I'm bragging that my burgers are better than that stuff we grew up on, why? Because I'm controlling how I cook it and what I put in it, not because I'm such a great cook...well you can tell me I'm great cook..I love compliments!!! LOL

I decided to add bacon to our burgers that I make because I just love the smell of bacon cooking in my house. Plus I just love bacon! I think hubby can take it or leave it but I know he LOVES cheeseburgers. I have cooked these in different ways but I haven't decided which method is my favorite. I've used both my skillet and my grill. Though the grilling is healthier because the oil drips away, I can't say I prefer it over the skillet. I may have to do an Iron Chef and have a few friends over to judge and tell me what they prefer...hmmm... well that's an idea I better think of later. Now, about the burgers..I like to use vidalias as you know and I chop them up finely and put them in the meat before I fry them up. The onions keep the meat so moist and flavorful! And I don't think we should stop eating these altogether but in moderation, we can still enjoy this every now and again and bring back our earlier days and memories!

Ingredients:
1 pkg. lean ground beef or lean ground sirloin
1 large egg
sweet onion, chopped finely
kosher salt
lemon pepper
dried herbs (parsley or basil)
sweet paprika
Italian bread crumbs
1 pkg of hamburger buns (onion flavored, sesame, whatever your choice is)
1 pkg of turkey bacon
cheddar cheese slices

Optional toppings:
tomatoes (sliced)
pickles (sliced)
lettuce, shredded


Preparation:
In a large bowl, beat 1 egg. Add beef and onions. Then add one turn of the ketchup bottle around the bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a bit of dried herbs. Finally, add bread crumbs enough to coat. I use my hands to mix well. Then I sprinkle with paprika for color.

In a frying pan, coat it with EVOO and turn heat to medium. One package of beef will make about four medium burgers so form the four patties and add to the pan. Do not move them until they are ready to turn, otherwise the meat will break up. Turn over to fry the other side until brown. Remove from pan.

At the same time, I grill my bacon on my panini press and then put aside on a plate. Preheat oven to 425 degrees for about 10 minutes.

I then toast my hamburger buns. Then add the burgers to each bun and the cheese and pickles. The cheese just melts and oh MY GOD! Heaven! Add the bacon and top with any of the optional toppings you like! Enjoy! Serve with home fries and a garden salad! Delicious!

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