Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Gouda" Have this Burger!

Who is totally loving college football season? We are! It is one of my favorite times of year. I love to pull out all of my favorite tailgating recipes and create new ones. Whether we're attending a tailgate or just watching football at home, it just can't be beat. I can't wait to share more recipes throughout the season.

I originally planned to make some baked onion rings with this burger, but could not get the batter to stick to the onions. I don't know why this happened. If anyone has any idea or suggestions, please leave a comment. I had dunked the onion rings in buttermilk and then tossed them in a bag with crunched up corn flakes. It was a hot mess. Fortunately, I had some left-over caramelized onions from the wraps I made earlier in the week. The result was still amazing!

The Papa Chris Burger got a serious upgrade last night. This burger is stuffed with smoked Gouda cheese, then topped with caramelized onions, bacon, and more cheese. It is perfect for an evening of football at home or at a tailgate. You "Gouda" try this burger!

"Gouda" Have this Burger
Serves 2

1/2 lb. 85% lean ground beef
1/2 lb. 93% lean ground beef
1 tablespoon Penzy's 4-S seasoning salt
4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, sliced
2 tablespoons caramelized onions
6 slices cooked center cut bacon
2 hamburger buns (I used a Udi's gluten free bun for my burger)

In a medium sized bowl, mix the beef and seasoning salt together with your hands. Divide the meat into 4 balls and form patties, making a small indentation with your thumb in the center of each patty. Place one slice of cheese onto two of the patties. Then, top the cheese with the other patty and crimp the edges together to seal in the cheese. Heat your grill to medium-high heat. Place the burgers on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side of the burgers for another 2-3 minutes. Top each burger with the remaining cheese. Then wrap the burgers in the foil. Lower the heat to medium or low and grill for another 5-6 minutes or until your desired degree of doneness. Remove from the grill. Place the burgers on the buns and top with the onions and bacon.

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