I was craving a burger over weekend and really wanted to come up with a burger that I have never made before. As I was looking thru my pantry for some ideas, I found a bottle of BBQ sauce. Well, then I knew what I had to make and this is that burger. It has a nice juicy beef patty topped with melted American cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce and sautéed onions. If you are looking for a burger that you can eat on the go or while you are busy multitasking, this is not that burger. I will warn you, this is a bit of a messy burger, but it is so worth the use of extra napkins.
Here’s what you need:
*1 small yellow onion, chopped
*1 TBS butter
*1 tsp. olive oil
*1 LB or ground beef ( I used an 80% to 20% meat to fat ratio)
*1 1/2 TBS BBQ sauce (I used KC masterpiece original, but you can use any kind)
*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
*2 tsp. onion powder
*cracked black pepper to taste
*1 tsp. salt + more for the sautéed onions
*bacon, 2 slices per burger, cooked
*sliced cheese; I used white American cheese.
*sliced dill pickles (optional)
Heat a small sauce pan to medium high heat; add butter and olive oil.
Add the onions and salt to taste to the sauce pan.
Cook for about 1 minute, then turn the heat down to medium low. Continue cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally until onions become soft and a light golden brown.
While onions are cooking, in a large bowl add ground beef, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper and salt.
Mix until combined, but do not over mix or the patties will not be as tender.
Form into 4 patties making an indentation in the middle. This will help the patties to cook evenly; set aside.
Heat a large cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the patties to the pan.
Cook for about 5 minutes then turn them over. Cook for another 3 minutes for medium rare burgers or 5 minutes for medium burgers. If the burgers seem to be getting too done too fast, turn the heat down to medium.
Place the cheese on each patty and cook for another minute or 2 until cheese melts.
Remove from the pan and place on the bottom slice of the hamburger bun. Add bacon, onions, BBQ sauce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. I will admit, I forgot to take a picture of building the burger, but I was so hungry for this that I completely forgot.
Top with the the other half of the hamburger bun and enjoy!