Tuesday, June 1, 2010

You Can't Always Grill on Memorial Day

So for Memorial Day we planned to grill some burgers poolside, but due to weather I ended up pulling out my trusty grill pan.  I decided to have a little fun and try to make fancy indoor bacon cheese burgers by switching out plain old hamburger buns for the slightly sweet and nutty Hawaiian Bread.  Everything else in my burger regimen stayed the same. To make my awesome, juicy, and hearty burgers you need:
  • 1 lb. of ground beef or turkey 
  • 1 packet of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix
  • Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, and Pepper (to your personal taste)
  • Wrights Applewood Smoked Bacon (to how good you think bacon is)
  • American Cheese
  • Hamburger Buns (this time I used Kings Hawaiian Rolls)
I baked the bacon, on a cookie sheet at 375 for about 20 minutes so that it was good and crispy. I love Wrights Applewood Smoked, thick cut bacon.  It has a salty sweet flavor profile, and as the name implies...its thick cut so it can stand up against a burger, but is also delicious on its own with eggs and toast at breakfast.

While the bacon taunted me from the oven with its aroma, I started forming the burgers in to patties.  For a pound of meat, I usually make three nice sized burgers, instead of four wimpy burgers.  I cook them on medium high heat for a bit to get a good grill mark, then I turn it down so that they do not cook into a dry hockey puck.

I put the bacon and cheese* on the burger, assembling everything in the grill pan, added a bit of water, and covered it to steam and get a good melt (yes, I watch too many food shows!)  And when everything was oozy and loving each other, I decided to take this baby out and assemble my burger.

I do things all the way so I added mayo, mustard, spring greens, grape tomatoes (I had no tomatoes on hand so I just cut these up), purple onion, and pickles and ended up with this mouthful.  After taking a few photos, my boyfriend reminded me that we were supposed to be eating them.  I sat down, patted the food pile down a bit and took my first bite.  Not to toot my own horn, but it was amazing.  To me, one sign of a good burger is the juice drip that comes from the condiments and juices from the meat getting together for a party.  Fellow foodies, my burger had that juice drip.  In addition to well seasoned and juicy meat, crisp, salty/sweet bacon, and a veggie patch the toasted and buttered Hawaiian roll added a nice sweetness that balanced out the saltiness from the meats and freshness of the vegetables.  I think we have abandoned plain buns for these.  Basically, it tasted like what I imagine a Luther to be, except I won't have heart failure after eating it.  We paired the burger with Ruffles and we were content, noshing away.

See, you don't have to grill on Memorial Day, bring the outside in and enjoy this amazing burger.

*I think next time I want to try to make a cheese stuffed burger, just for fun.  Has anyone tried this?


  1. I don't think I have seen Hawaiian roll around here...did you bake them?
    It looks really yummy, Father's office put this amazing onion marmalade and blue cheese in their burgers. it's heavenly. I'm dreaming with a outside grill. But to get that I have to move (live in apartment now). So for me just the indoors grilling. Muaaaa!!!

  2. Anna, Hawaiian Rolls are kind of hard to find. Even here stores seem to supply them in waves. If they do have them I usually find them in the deli section with specialty bread, not with the other buns. Sadly, I'm not good at baking bread but now I'm curious to whether there is a recipie for it...

    Happy grilling :)


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