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. You can also cook the bacon on the griddle, but I usually bake my bacon.

Also try my Louisiana burgers and my butter burgers. And you have to have my pepper crusted bacon cheeseburgers! They’re all seriously good.

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. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 957kcal

Ingredients

For the burger

  • 1 pound ground beef I prefer a 85/15% mix
  • Kosher salt
  • 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 slices tomato
  • 6 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 957kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 1808mg | Potassium: 1076mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 906IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 481mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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

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. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 burgers
Calories 616kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium sweet onion peeled, halved
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 chipotles in adobo plus 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices extra sharp Cheddar cheese

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 crushed fire roasted tomatoes undrained
  • kosher salt
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 478IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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

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.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 306kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bologna nice and thick!
  • Ross' Pool Room Hot Bologna sauce
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices white onion
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 1/4 cup iceberg lettuce leaves or shredded

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)

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 718IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 331mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Hawaiian Pork Burger

This Hawaiian pork burger is exactly why we should be eating more pork burgers. Packed with flavor and finished with great toppings, every bite was a treat. I could’ve opted to grill the pineapple, but I love the taste of fresh pineapple just as it is. That sweet flavor along with the tangy BBQ sauce really went along well with the slightly herby patties.
Hawaiian Pork BurgersI’d make these Hawaiian pork burgers again. And again. I do recommend using a BBQ sauce with a slight smoky flavor. And a little spiciness wouldn’t hurt either since you’ve got that wonderfully sweet pineapple slice to contrast it.

Also try my super-crazy-good pork burgers.

Hawaiian Pork Burger

This Hawaiian pork burger is exactly why we should be eating more pork burgers. Packed with flavor and finished with great toppings, every bite was a treat.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 540kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup green onion minced, green parts only
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 green leaf lettuce
  • 4 slices ham sandwich meat

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the pork, green onion, ginger, allspice, and pepper.
  • Form into 4 equally-sized patties. Place on wax paper and refrigerate for up 2 hours.
  • Fire up your grill. Clean the grates well.
  • Lightly oil the outsides of the patties. Not much, just a bit so they don't stick.
  • Grill the patties on one side for 5 minutes.
  • Flip and continue cooking until done, reaching at least 145 F internally. I took mine to 160 F because some folks still aren't used to pink pork even though it's fine to consume.
  • Optionally, brush the patties with BBQ sauce and grill the pineapple rings. I find grilled pineapple rings to be prone to falling apart unless cooked on a griddle, so I usually skip grilling them.
  • Remove the patties and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toast your buns if desired.
  • Assemble the burgers by brushing BBQ sauce on the inside of the buns.
  • Top the bottom bun with the ham, followed by the lettuce and pineapple.
  • Add the pork burger and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 1213mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 26798IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat McDonald’s Cheddar Melt

“Bring it back!” “Bring it back!” That’s what a lot of folks are saying when they think about McDonald’s Cheddar Melt, which first came out around 2000, but it wasn’t available for long. But, so far, no luck. That’s when you have to step up and make it at home. And hey, to be honest.. it’s even better than I rememeber!

The real winning flavor on these McDonald’s Cheddar Melts is the onion and teriyaki mixture. It compliments the meaty burger and creamy cheddar sauce perfectly. I grilled my burgers because, well, that’s what I do, but you can also cook the burgers in the same pan that you cook the onions.
Copycat McDonald's Cheddar MeltThe cheese and onions are also perfect on hot dogs, so don’t be afraid to double or even triple the recipe. And hey, a dash or two of hot sauce isn’t a bad idea either. But don’t go crazy with it. You definitely do not want to hide the wonderful flavor of the toppings on these McDonald’s Cheddar Melts. Heck, you could just eat the cheese and onion with a spoon!

After enjoying a McDonald’s Cheddar Melt try a homemade Arch Deluxe. It’s crazy good too! If you’re in a hurry you’ll still have time to make a quick fix copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sandwich.

McDonald's Cheddar Melt

“Bring it back!” “Bring it back!” That’s what a lot of folks are saying when they think about McDonald’s Cheddar Melt, which first came out around 2000, but it wasn’t available for long. But, so far, no luck. That’s when you have to step up and make it at home
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 762kcal

Ingredients

For the cheese sauce

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted. butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • pinch Kosher salt
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper

For the onions

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Teriyaki sauce store-bought or use my homemade version, below

For the burgers

  • 4 burger patties
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns

For the teriyaki sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

For the cheese sauce

  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  • Whisk in the flour until combined. Cook for 1-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Whisk in the milk and continue whisking for 3 minutes to thicken.
  • Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat to low until ready to use.

For the onions

  • Add oil to a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and saute until tender.
  • Stir in the teriyaki sauce.
  • Reduce heat to low until ready to use.

For the burger

  • Season burgers well with salt and pepper. Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. Optionally, you can cook the burgers in the same skillet as you cook the onions.
  • Grill burgers to desired doneness.
  • Toast buns if desired.
  • Assemble burgers by placing patties on buns. Top with cheese sauce and onion mixture.

For the teriyaki sauce.(makes more than you'll need for the burgers)

  • Place 3/4 cup water, ginger, garlic powder, brown sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • In a small cup or bowl combine 1/4 cup of water and the cornstarch. Whisk the mixture into the saucepan.
  • Heat until sauce is the desired thickness, about 3 minutes. If too thick whisk in a bit more water.

Nutrition

Calories: 762kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1678mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 417mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat McDonald’s Hamburger

Just because I don’t eat fast food doesn’t mean I can’t make it at home. The last time I had an original McDonald’s hamburger, I believe Star Wars was just out in the movie theaters. Yep it’s been a while. But you know, this copycat McDonald’s Hamburger really brought back memories. It takes just like I remember the original burger to be. Now mine might be a tad larger, but then, so am I. The key to this burger is the seasoning. Make a batch and keep it on hand for any burger, not just this McDonald’s burger.
Copycat McDonald's HamburgerTo make the burger feel even more like the original McDonald’s burger I served it with a copycat of McDonald’s French fries. The fries definitely make you think you just pulled out of the drive-thru at your local McDonald’s, opened the bag, and grabbed and ate a handful of hot fries. Admit it, when they’re hot and crunchy, they’re good. Really good. And a great pairing with this hamburger. Top them all with a copycat of Heinz’s ketchup and you’re set for some good eats!

Copycat McDonald's Hamburger

This copycat McDonald’s Hamburger really brought back memories. It takes just like I remember the original burger to be. Now mine might be a tad larger, but then, so am I. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 259kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 1 pound ground chuck use 80/20 for the best results
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onions
  • 10 small hamburger buns
  • 10 slices dill pickle
  • ketchup
  • prepared mustard
  • wax paper

For the seasoning (makes more than you'll need)

  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons Accent
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Divide the beef into 10 equally-sized balls. Form into thin patties 4" in diameter and 1/4" thick. Place onto wax paper and freeze for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, place the dried minced onions into a small resealable container. Add enough water to cover by 1". Seal and refrigerate until time to make the hamburgers.
  • When ready to make the burgers, fire up a grill or heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Working in batches, season the patties liberally on both sides and cook until done.
  • Toast buns.
  • Assemble burgers by placing cooked patties on bun bottoms. Add a squirt each of ketchup and mustard, along with a slice of dill pickle and a teaspoon of the re-hydrated onions.
  • Add the top bun and serve.

For the seasoning

  • Combine all ingredients.

Notes

Just like the original, these hamburgers will be very thin which can be a bit challenging to make and cook. Don't be afraid to double the size of the patties.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 4393mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.