Gourmet Bacon-Mushroom Cheeseburger
Tired of plain burgers? Trust me, these are out of bounds! It may seem like a lot for burgers but believe me, with my recipe the burgers-and you-will be a hit! Add condiments to your liking.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 1large white onion, coarsely chopped
- 1large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1medium green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 2cloves elephant garlic, chopped
- 4ounces white Cheddar cheese
- 1ounce Asiago cheese
- 2pounds lean ground beef (90%)
- 1teaspoon sea salt
- ½cup panko bread crumbs
- 16slices hickory-smoked bacon
- 1(8 ounce) package shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 8slices American cheese
- 8each Kaiser rolls, split
Step 1Combine onion, bell peppers, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until finely chopped but not quite pureed.
Step 2Transfer onion mixture to a saute pan over medium heat; cook until reduced to a moist paste, about 20 minutes. When done, set aside to cool.
Step 3Grate Cheddar and Asiago cheeses into a bowl using the finest teeth of a box grater.
Step 4Place ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Add onion mixture and salt; mix thoroughly by hand until evenly combined. Add grated cheese mixture, a bit at a time, and mix until thoroughly combined. Add panko and mix until evenly distributed. Form into 8 balls and press into patties, using a hamburger maker if you have one. Wrap patties in waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
Step 5Remove burgers from the refrigerator. Preheat an outdoor grill for 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and lightly oil the grate.
Step 6While the grill is preheating, cook bacon in a large skillet and over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels.
Step 7Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease from the skillet and add mushrooms. Saute over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Step 8Cook burgers on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center, about 6 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). During the last few minutes of cooling, add 2 slices bacon and 1 slice American cheese to each burger.
Step 9Remove burgers from the grill. Place on Kaiser rolls and add mushrooms.