Do any of you have younger siblings? I have many. One in particular comes to mind when I make things like this; my little (big) brother Chase. He is by far the biggest fan of these burgers, literally and figuratively
Chase is 3 years younger than I am and about 2 feet taller. It is so strange to be looking up to my little brother. I used to be much taller than he was, taller than all of my siblings, then he hit puberty. I think his growth rate broke some kind of world record because he seemed to gain inches overnight. Now standing next to him is like being shaded by a tall building and you get the urge to inquire about the altitude up there.
Like every teenage boy, he loves meat. Bacon, ham, chicken, beef, sausage, you name it and he probably loves it. I think teenage boys come with built-in meat-dars because if I am cooking anything that even resembles the look or smell of meat then he finds his way to the kitchen with inhuman speed ready to devour it. These we’re no exception. He is still talking about them and will probably continue to talk about them until I out-do them with another recipe.
It is winter here. That means that it is pretty cold and rainy outside most of the time. I would have loved to do these on the grill, but because of the cold I did them, as I like to call it, winter-style. Inside on a skillet. Not nearly as good as a grill but they turned out all right. I used the Bagel Buns that I made the day before for these and some of my favorite Golden Barbecue Sauce. You can use whatever kind of buns and barbecue sauce that you want and these will still be awesome.
Oh, and I almost forgot. I seasoned the burgers with my family’s favorite seasoning for grilling, Montreal Steak Seasoning. I am sure that many of you have this already and maybe use it all the time so it isn’t a big deal to you. For me it is like gold. We came across a small bottle at our largest grocery store here called Jumbo. We couldn’t find the price but thought that it couldn’t possibly cost more than the other spices that are imported from the States so we just bought it. Well it did cost more. Around $16.00 U.S. dollars actually, for the really small bottle! I use it sparingly now, just saying. It does pack some flavor though. It may have been worth that price for these burgers alone.
- 1 lb. (or 450g) groung beef
- 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
- 12 strips bacon
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used my Golden Barbeque Sauce from This Post )
- 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
- 4 slices gouda or cheese of choice
- 4 Chewy Bagel Hamburger Buns or your favorite buns
- mayonnaise (optional)
- Cook bacon until browned and crispy in a medium skillet. Remove to paper towel lined plate and set aside.
- Heat the grill (or drain grease and use same skillet) over medium-high heat. Mix ground beef with Montreal Seasoning and form into 4 patties. Cook on each side for 3 - 5 minutes until thoroughly cooked inside. Add cheese during the last 1 -2 minutes of cooking to melt. Slice buns in half and toast.
- To assemble the burgers, layer patties on buns with sliced onion, barbecue sauce, bacon, and mayonnaise if desired.