Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Basket Weave Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

Basket Weave Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

This had to be the best burger I've had in a while. 

The key is the bacon. 

Well actually it’s not the bacon it’s the bacon cooking technique.  Have you ever had basket weaved bacon.  It does incredible things for any sandwich.  Think about it.  Instead of just sticking strips of bacon into your burger willy-nilly this technique weaves three strips of bacon into a perfect interlocked square that covers every inch of the burger. 

Actually every bite has a double layer of bacon.  And that bacon stays in place.  Forget the days where you take a bite of your sandwich and have pieces of bacon falling out onto the plate.  This is a winner.  If my instructions seem confusing just watch the video tutorial.

And don’t forget to toast your burger bun for maximum flavor.  I actually used a Glutino English muffin for my bun.  It worked incredibly well against the huge burger and all those  delicious toppings.

The only drawback to this one is the calorie count.  With this burger coming in at almost 850 calories, it’s not something you can eat every day.  That being said, sometimes you just have to put your healthy eating plan on the back burner for the love of an epic burger. 

Basket Weave Bacon Blue Cheese Burger
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Servings: 1

  • 3 strips of bacon, halved
  • 6 oz hamburger (I used ground chuck and sirloin)
  • 1 gluten free hamburger bun (I used a Glutino English muffin)
  • salt and pepper
  • fried onions
  • sautéed spinach or kale
  • crumbled blue cheese

Video Tutorial: 

  1. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 425°F or 218 °C and line a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. To make the basket weave bacon plank, line up three half strips of bacon parallel to one another on the prepared baking sheet sprayed.
  3. Fold back the center strip by 1/3 and lay down a slice perpendicular to the first three slices.  Move to the opposite end and fold back the two end slices then place a slice right next slice you just placed.  Fold those pieces back down and fold back the middle slice before putting the last piece in place. 
  4. Bake it for 15-20 minutes flipping it over after 10 minutes then drain on paper towels.
  5. Season the burger with salt and pepper then place it onto a very hot dry cast iron skillet and cook it for 2 minutes on the first side then flip the burger and cook it for 1 ½ minutes on the second side.  Flip it again and cook for just over another minute per side for a medium rare burger. 
  6. Toast the bun for 1-2 minutes per side in a dry skillet.
  7. To build the burger, layer on the fried onions, add the burger, top with the bacon, sautéed spinach or kale and add the crumbled blue cheese and serve.  

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