To celebrate our friend Adam’s birthday we threw a birthday roof top BBQ at his pad in the East Village. For my present to Adam I concocted up a burger fit for a King. I like to call it…
THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY BACON BURGER CONQUEST SURPRISE!
Nothing says I love you like a burger made with 4 kinds of beef, beer and bacon and cheddar hidden inside of it!
(Measurements are approximate)
1.5 LBS Beef Sirloin Tip Ground
1.5 LBS Beef Ground Round
1 LB Beef Ground Chuck
1 LB Black Angus Ground Beef
1 Package of Bacon
2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
12 Hamburger Rolls
4 Oz Your favorite Beer (I used Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat)
2 tsp of Olive Oil or Non-Stick Cooking Spray
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp Ground Parsley
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Basil
2 tsp Grill Seasoning or Mrs. Dash
1 TBSP Soy Sauce
First you fry the bacon. Don’t throw away the bacon grease yet. When the bacon is done put it in aside in a dish that you line with paper towels (to soak up the excess grease.).
Combine all the beef in one bowl or pot.
Add in all the spices, soy sauce and beer. Pour in 3-4 Oz of the bacon grease. You can discard the rest. Using a spatula, stir and blend the meat and spices thoroughly.
Once the bacon has cooled down, chop it up into small pieces.
Get out a cookie sheet and spray it with a little non-stick cooking spray or spread a small layer of olive oil on it.
Fashion half the meat into 12 patties and place them on the cookie sheet.
Place a good sized sprinkle of cheddar cheese on top of each patty.
Cover each of them with the chopped bacon pieces.
Make another 12 patties and place one on top of each of the bacon-cheddar topped patties.
Take each of the double patties and seal up the edges by gently pushing the sides of the burger together. When you are done, they will look like big fat burger patties and no one will see the surprise hiding inside.
Place the burgers in the fridge for at least an hour. This will allow the patties to harden a little which will keep them held together.
If you are making the
se at someone else’s house, be a nice guest and clean your dishes!
Start up your grill and get a good flame going. If you are cooking for sometime, save the burgers for later.
Place the burgers on the grill and allow them to cook to your liking.
Try to flip as few times as possible to help the burgers keep form.
Place the burgers on a tasty roll (we went with potato rolls.)
As the burger cooks, the grease from the cheese and bacon will cook through the entire burger, creating a very delicious taste. Serve them to your friends and watch their faces light up when they bite in to find the bacon and cheddar hidden in the middle. It’s a birthday present for everyone!