Barbeque burgers are a perfect summer treat. I got the idea for this recipe from this month’s issue of the Food Network magazine. The original recipe called for ground turkey but I had a little trouble finding exactly what I needed, so I went with ground beef instead. I ended up cooking them in the pan but I would actually recommend grilling the burgers. These burgers consist of beef patties topped with sharp cheddar cheese, onion rings, barbeque sauce and slices of bacon. Try and find a good brand of BBQ sauce or even make your own. The highlight of this recipe is the crispy onion rings, they are very easy to make and extremely delicious. I prefer to use crispy bacon on my burgers but you can cook it any way you want. Enjoy.
2lbs ground beef
12 slices bacon (cooked)
12 slices sharp cheddar cheese
Barbeque sauce (to serve)
1 Vidalia onion (sliced into rings)
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less)
1 cup butter milk
6 hamburger buns
Oil (for frying)
Step 1: To make onion rings- In a pie plate or shallow bowl combine flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Dredge onion rings in the flour mixture until evenly coated. In another bowl add butter milk and season it with a little salt and pepper. Dip floured onion rings into the buttermilk and then coat with the flour mixture again. Add oil to a deep pan, just enough to cover the onion rings (or you can use a deep fryer for this). Heat oil to 360 degrees and fry onion rings in batches until golden brown on both sides (about 4 minutes). Drain on paper towels. Set aside.
Step 2: Shape ground beef into 6 patties. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Fry in the pan with a little bit of oil (or on the grill). Cook until burgers are fully cooked or not longer pink inside. In the last couple minutes of cooking, top each burger with 2 slices of cheese, wait until cheese has melted and remove from the pan.
Step 3: To assemble burgers – Place a patty on the bottom half of a bun. Top with onion rings; add barbeque sauce and 2 bacon slices to each burger. Add the top half of the bun.
(Makes 6 Burgers)