Once these burgers were slapped on the grill, then devoured, I knew this was my new go-to burger.
Next time around, I bought ground beef, then doctored it up myself, after a quick look online to see if I had left out any critical ingredients.
To test out these burgers, I turned to those same hungry family members who had wolfed down the earlier version.
“These are even better,” they mumbled with their mouths full.
Burger after burger, I made these all summer long. Occasionally I would walk past the meat counter to see if the pre-made versions were still there, but I never saw them again.
No matter. Now I make these burgers at home.
But I buy those brioche buns at the store.
Note: Add more or less cheese, jalapeños and onion, as you prefer. For more heat, use serrano peppers. Bonus points if you toast the bun! Adapted from Whole Foods Market.
4 to 6 slices bacon, diced
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 to 2 jalapeños, seeded, deveined and diced, with a few whole slices for garnish (see Note)
1/4 cup minced onion
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
4 hamburger buns
Cook bacon and cool. Gently combine ground beef with bacon, cheese, diced jalapeños, onion, salt and pepper. Gently form meat mixture into 4 patties. Butter the cut side of buns.
Over direct heat with a hot grill, toast buns lightly (either directly on rack or on a grill pan). Remove and add burgers; cook until desired doneness. Serve on buns, garnished with jalapeño slices.
Nutrition information per serving: 465 calories, 28 g fat, 510 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrates, 13 g saturated fat, 3 g total sugars, 30 g protein, 110 mg cholesterol, 1 g dietary fiber
Exchanges per serving: 1 1/2 starch, 4 medium-fat protein, 1 1/2 fat.