I love burgers. I really do. You can never go wrong with a fresh, juicy burger. There’s something about holding a burger with both hands, staring it head on and sinking your teeth into the deliciousness of it all. It’s so satisfying. Pair it with a nice cold beer (or soda) and some fresh cut fries and woo! You’ll be whistlin’ to a different tune. I genuinely think the only time I wouldn’t eat a burger is on a first date – I don’t want to scare anyone off because I have mayo and ketchup dripping down my arm. I’m a classy lady after all.
The one thing I am particularly picky about with my burgers is freshness. Please don’t cheat me with frozen, filler-filled meat or fake cheese (Yes, I am calling out all you Kraft Singles slice lovers out there). I just crave freshness and you cannot deny that fresher is better. So, that is why I am sharing with you all my burger recipe. It’s simple, it’s delicious and it’s fresh. Also, if you live in an apartment with no barbeque access like me, it has a touch of liquid smoke to give it that yummy BBQ flavour.
I love topping my burger with brie (or marble cheese, if you just can’t handle brie), bacon and caramelized onions and mushrooms – It is such a rich flavour and can spruce up the traditional burger. However, if you are more low-key, feel free to use this recipe and dress your burger to your desire, there are really no limits.
Bacon Brie Caramelized Onion and Mushroom BurgerCourse: Main
4 fresh brioche buns
1.5 lbs fresh ground beef
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ tsp liquid smoke
6 tbls olive oil
2 tbls unsalted butter
2 medium sized cooking onions, sliced
2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
8 slices of bacon
- In a bowl, mix ground beef, spices, the egg and liquid smoke. Form into 6oz patties.
- In a pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon. Set aside.
- In the same pan, add 2 tbls of olive oil and 1 tbls butter and sauté onions until caramelized, about 5 min. Set aside.
- Add 2 more tbls olive oil and remaining butter to the pan and sauté the mushrooms, about 5 min. Set aside.
- Heat 2 tbls olive oil in a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Cook burgers, about 4 minutes on each side. Add brie on-top of the patties in the last minute of cooking.
- Assemble the burger on a fresh brioche bun: mayonnaise, lettuce, fresh tomato, bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms.