Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Trinity Burger

I call this the Trinity Burger because it has my trinity flavors: bacon, onions, and mushrooms. Put a little cheese on top.....have you ever tasted anything with these ingredients that wasn't great? Not in my house. Now get off your ass and fire up the charcoal grill. I know some of you are thinking "well it's just as good on the gas grill". BULLSHIT! I grew up cooking on charcoal but then bought into the convenience of gas and " it tastes just as good". I've had at least ten different gas grills and none of them has as good a flavor as charcoal. Don't believe me? If you're reading this blog then you've probably watched steak cook offs on Food Network or somewhere. See any gas grills? HALE NO! Burger cook offs? Sure, if you like Californica foofoo burgers like lamb burgers with mint leaves or some stupid crap like that. Ain't happening here. But I digress.

Start with two pounds of ground sirloin. Don't be chintzy here. You'll end up with a big greaseball. But don't get the ultra low fat stuff either; it will turn out drier than a popcorn fart.
Fry up whole four slices of bacon nice and crispy.

We like the lower sodium bacon.
When the bacon is up add about a half cup of red onion and the same of mushrooms
Saute quickly in the bacon renderings (that always sounds so much better than fat)
Remove with a slotted spoon and combine with the crumbled bacon
Let cool. Now take one pound of burger and make into four relatively thin patties
Place an equal amount of the cooled bacon onion mushroom mixture on each patty
Form four more patties from the second pound of burger and place on top the other patties
Pat down and compress the edges
A pinch of sea salt
A few twists of pepper
But wait! You've got that whole grill fired up for just four burgers? No way! It's time to make some dog burgers! Snake charmers have to keep up their energy!

 For a little over four bucks I can give my dog a cheeseburger every night for almost a week. I don't know what Publix makes this stuff out of but it isn't fatty and does not shrink much.
Grill time! Dog burgers cook for about six minutes per side (depending on your grill heat), stuffed burgers  cook a few minutes longer
Dog burgers get topped with cheaper store cheese

Tonight we're using Provolone but Swiss is good too
Eat 'em with a bun or without, they're great either way.

 He looks like he's ready for his.