BURGERS. BACON. With a CHEESE filled patty. Need I say more? Nothing beats a good burger from your favorite restaurant, but when you’re not in the mood to go out, you can still have the burger of your dreams right at home. If you haven’t noticed by now, some of my favorite meals to make at home are inspirations of food from my favorite restaurants. I got inspired to make burgers at home after watching the Red Robin commercials for their gourmet burgers. They looked delicious, so I definitely wanted to come up with my own version of a gourmet burger of my liking with my own toppings.
Down below are ingredients I used to make this patty. All the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. Feel free to edit the toppings to your taste as you see fit. Don’t like tomato? – don’t add it. Want to use a different kind of cheese? – go ahead! Make this burger the way you want to!
Ingredients (For 2 servings):
- 1.5 lbs of ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup of plain bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon of salt (or seasoning salt)
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of steak seasoning
- Your favorite brand of queso or cheese dip
- Gourmet Burger Buns (You can get freshly baked burger buns from HEB or Walmart)
- 2 jalapenos
- 2 strips of Applewood bacon
- ¼ of a whole yellow (or white) onion
- 2 slices of Colby-pepper jack cheese
- 4 slices of Tomato
- A1 Steak Sauce
- Optional Condiments- Mayo, Ketchup… etc.
- Optional Sides – Fries
Kitchen Items Needed:
- Recommended- Food scale (available at Walmart for $7-$15)
- You can cook burger on grill, but since it’s stuffed with liquid cheese, a cast iron skillet or frying pan is your best bet for the patty to keep shape.
Kitchen Prep Needed:
- Slice your 2 jalapenos
- Dice up your yellow/white onion
- Cut your 2 strips of bacon in half so you have 4 pieces
- Put all the ingredients for the patty in a bowl and mix together with a fork. Once blended, take enough ground beef from your mix to shape the foundation for your first patty. Use a piece of wax paper (or a square piece of paper towel- I was out of wax paper and needed a substitution) to keep your patty from sticking to the surface. I used a spoon to help me make a hollow space for my queso. Once finished, it should look like the picture below.
- Once shaped, place about 2 tablespoons of queso into the hollow patty you shaped. It should look like the picture below.
- Make a solid top layer and place it on top of your filled patty. Pinch the edges around the patty with your fingers, then smooth the edges you pinched afterward. Once finished sealing your stuffed patty, place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes for the shape to hold.
- Put 2 table spoons of cooking oil in your skillet, then heat up skillet on medium. Take patty out of freezer, and place in skillet with the SEALED SIDE (or top of the patty) down. Cooking the side you sealed first helps it keep all the cheese in better. Cover your skillet and cook for about 4 minutes.
- Flip your patty, then cook for another 4 minutes while your skillet is covered.
- After you cook the other side for 4 minutes, change your cooking temperature to low. You’re your skillet and place a slice of your Colby- pepper jack cheese on top of your patty. Close skillet and cook for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Once patty is done cooking, take out of pan, and place on a plate with a paper towel (to absorb some of the excess oil – this step is optional)
- Then in the same skillet, drain out all the oil then raise your cooking temperature up to medium-high – you’re going to use the skillet to cook your 4 pieces of bacon.
- Once bacon is finished cooking, remove from pan, and use the excess bacon fat in pan to sauté your diced onions and jalapenos. Add a dash of salt, pepper, and a drop of steak sauce while sautéing. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, remove from pan and place on plate with paper towel to remove excess oil (optional).
- Take away excess oil from skillet, and use skillet to brown your burger buns.
- Once finished, add your patty to the bun – along with your bacon and sautéed veggies – then add whatever condiments you like.