Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Cowboy Burger

'Cowboy' Burger
Inspired by Whole Foods
1 lb ground beef (buy a chuck roast from Costco and grind it yourself for the best results)
1 seeded jalapeño (pointy bottom = spicy, rounded bottom = less spicy)
4-6 slices of center cut bacon
3/4 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
If using already ground hamburger, pulse bacon and jalapeño in food processor until jalapeño is chopped finely (or alternatively, chop both very fine with a knife) . Mix everything together in a bowl. Form 4 patties.


If grinding your own hamburger using a chuck roast, trim and cube meat and place in the the freezer for 20-30 minutes (it will go through the grinder easier if lightly frozen).  Grind meat (I have a meat grinder that attaches to my KitchenAid, it works great!).  Once meat is ground, run bacon and then jalapeno (minus the stem) through the grinder.  Finally, to the meat mixture in the bowl, add remaining ingredients (the cheese and spices).  Form 4 patties.

Grill to perfection, or heat canola oil in cast iron skillet over medium high heat until smoking and sear patties until perfection; let patties rest for a few minutes to ensure juices get reabsorbed and serve (preferably on a grilled bun).

Note, recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

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