Spicy Bacon Burger

Messy and spicy. That’s all I need to know. Plenty of crispy bacon too. And a little of ‘garden’. Nothing really that fancy, just a good juicy spicy bacon burger with plenty of kick. Thanks to the spicy cheese and a very spicy sauce.
spicy-bacon-burgerI usually cook my burgers on the grill, but not on the grates. Instead I use a griddle insert that is made of cast iron. The insert gets screaming hot, like a griddle from a diner. You know, the diners that make great burgers. When you cook on grates the juices drip down into the grill, lost forever. When you cook on the griddle the juices hang out, flavoring the patties and keeping them moist. You can’t go wrong griddling burgers in my opinion.

Also try my Louisiana burgers and my butter burgers. They’re both seriously good.

Spicy Bacon Burger

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients

For the burger

  • 1 pound ground beef I prefer a 85/15% mix
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 slices smoked bacon
  • 3 sesame seed hamburger buns
  • 3 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices habanero jack cheese
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • 6 thin slices tomato
  • 6 thin slices red onion

For the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce

Instructions

For the burger

  • Preheat oven to 380 F.
  • Divide the ground beef into 3 equally sized patties. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Place bacon slices on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping once, until done but not overly crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Fire up your grill and cook the burgers until the desired doneness is reached.
  • Toast the buns if desired.
  • Top patties with cheese and melt.
  • Slather the buns with the sauce. Add the patties, lettuce, tomato, red onion and cooked bacon.

For the sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients until smooth.

Texas Chipotle Burgers

Sure, the patties on these Texas chipotle burgers were packed with flavor, and would be great by themselves. But, it’s the fire-roasted tomato sauce that really, really makes them fantastic. The sauce is what I would call sooped-up ketchup. It compliments the smoky jalapeno kick you get from the chipotle in the burgers just perfectly.
Texas Chipotle BurgersFor a little smokier and a bit spicier topping, add a chipotle or two and some of the adobo sauce into the tomatoes as they cook. You can double the tomato sauce recipe and keep it in the fridge. It’s great for topping not only Texas chipotle burgers, but also hot dogs!

I used some of my homemade chipotles in adobo. They’re actually quite easy to make and are soooo deliciously smoky!

Texas Chipotle Burgers

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 burgers

Ingredients

For the fire-roasted tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the meat in a large bowl.
  • Grate half of the onion into the meat. Chop the remaining half and reserve for topping the burgers.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, chipotles and adobo, and steak seasoning.
  • Add a splash of oil. Mix well then divide into 4 patties.
  • Fire up your grill.
  • Cook the burgers and toast the buns, as desired.
  • Serve the burgers topped with cheese, the tomato sauce, and chopped onion.

For the fire-roasted tomato sauce

  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a medium sauce pan.
  • Add the garlic and cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and vinegar. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and let simmer 5-6 minutes.

Pool Room Bologna Burgers

Back in my college years I spent (too much) time at a local pool hall. It was quite the dive and that’s putting it pretty nicely. But I loved it. It was smoky, greasy, and definitely not fru-fru. Beer, pool and a simple menu that fit the atmosphere perfectly. Now, the menu might not have included pool room bologna burgers, but it should have. These are the perfect no-frills sandwiches. Don’t be shy with the Pool Room sauce, either. It’s got a nice kick and it’s messy. Remember my motto: messy is tasty.
Pool Room Bologna BurgersMake sure you have plenty of Pool Room sauce on hand. Slather up the bologna slices and buns real good. The biggest mistake would be to not achieve proper sauce dripping. It has to run down your chin, all over your hands, and down your arms. That’s why you don’t serve pool room bologna burgers with napkins – you’d need 40 of them. Grab a roll of paper towels instead.

Also try my fried BBQ bologna sandwiches. Bologna on a burger or sandwich is a beautiful thing!

Pool Room Bologna Burgers

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the bologna slices and sear on both sides.
  • Slather with the sauce and brown on both sides.
  • Toast buns if desired.
  • Slather buns with more sauce.
  • Add the bologna, cheese, onions, tomato and lettuce.
  • Serve with paper towels (or napkins, in a pinch)