Its been a while since we last made burgers at home. The highlight of this burger is the maple glazed bacon. Since we have more or less figures out how to make amazing burger patties we have decided to bring our burger recipes to another level by introducing more flavors to the classic burger.
If you are not aware of how to season or prepare our burgers you could check out the only burger patty recipe you need to know here. ;) Not trying to show off here but it is really simple prepare, you probably have all the ingredients at home to make a classic burger anyways AND it is really tasty so why not give it a try.
Back to this burger. Apart from the bacon we’ve also made our own burger buns. Which as also really easy to make. Just needs a little preparation. There is a homemade burger recipe that I while back which you could check here. This time however I decided to try another burger bun recipe from Smittenkitchen that are sweeter and slightly more brioche like. You could pop by and have a look there too.
The Husband also made caramelised onions that cooked for almost an hour. Though I think the onions could perhaps caramelise a little longer. ;) Now the highlight is the maple glazed bacon. Maple + Bacon is one of those classic unusual combination. Classic because you see it everywhere and usual because maple syrup is sweet while bacon is salty. But they go really well together. This burger has a combination of smoky bacon and BBQ sauce flavours that is also slightly sweet but also a good amount of savouriness from the cheddar and the beef. Make sure to have a napkin on stand by while you eat them because there is a whole lot of juice situation that is bound to happen.
Serves 2-3 people
2 tbs oil
1 knob butter
1 big onion, thinly sliced
500g minced beef
8 slices of bacon strips
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 slices of cheddar
To a small pot on medium high heat add the oil and butter followed by the onions. Stir fry for about 1-2mins till onion softens a little then reduce the heat to medium low. You have to stand beside the stove while preparing this. Stir every couple of minutes to make sure that the onions don’t burn. But at the same time do not over stir or the onions will not have enough time to caramelise. When you find the heat too high reduce to low. That will take an hour till the onions soften and become really sweet.
Prepare the burger patties by dividing the meat into 4 equal parts and season generously with salt and pepper. Lightly press the patties till they are about 0.5/1 inch thick. To a grill pan on high heat grill the burger patty for 2mins on each side. About 1 min before the burger patties are done. Place a slice of cheddar on the burger patty and place the lid on (if you are using a regular pan)
While the burger patties are cooking. Preheat oven to 200 degree C (390 degree f). Place a baking sheet on a baking tray then lay the bacon strips on a baking sheet. Lightly brush each bacon strip with maple syrup. Place in oven an bake till bacon is about half its size about 10mins. When bacon is done, remove and place bacon on kitchen towels so that the bacon remains crispy.
Assemble: Burgur bun, BBQ sauce, caramelised onion, burger patty, 2 slices of bacon, another layer of onion and finally top it off with the other half of the burger bun.