Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In the Kitchen with Jason (and David): Smoked Gouda-Bacon Cheeseburgers

These were delicious. So good in fact that we altered our schedule to have them again, only a week after the first time we had them (don't tell anyone that we had leftover ingredients that would go bad if we waited any longer than that).

Yummy cheesy goodness in a bun. Sign me up for 2.
  • 5 bacon slices, uncooked and diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 4 oz gouda cheese, cut into 4 pieces
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Heat your grill.
  • Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium heat, for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the onion and spinach and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the egg, liquid smoke, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  • Using your hands, mix in the beef and the bacon mixture to the egg mixture.
  • Shape the beef mixture into 4 patties.
    • This will be a little less firm than normal hamburgers; this is okay.
  • Put a piece of cheese in the center of each beef patty.
    • You will probably have to reform the patty a little bit after adding the cheese as well.
  • Grill for about 7-8 minutes per side over medium heat.
  • No ketchup or mustard is needed (but you can use it if you want to).
Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

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