August 1, 2013

Double Bacon BBQ Burgers with BBQ Avocado Sauce and Caramelized Onions

Bacon. Beef. Barbecue sauce. With their powers combined, I present you with...Captain Burger.

Okay, not really. But what we do have is... Double Bacon BBQ Burgers.

Because what do you do when you have way too much barbecue sauce (recipe coming soon)? Well, you put in on and in everything you make. Of course. BBQ burgers are nothing new. Even BBQ bacon burgers have been done before. I actually started out with just a bbq burger and stuffed it with avocado (ala Civilized Caveman), but then...bacon.

Double Bacon BBQ Burgers with BBQ Avocado Sauce and Caramelized Onions

What you were looking for more? It's bacon, people.

Okay truthfully, I don't eat bacon often -- mostly because my sources are limited -- but I do love it. So when I do eat it, I like to go all out (meaning a pack doesn't last long...).

My sister has the book, Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten Free Kids by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry of the Paleo Parents (I might have a little something to do with her buying it). So I was flipping through it one day and saw their 50/50 burgers. 50% beef, 50% bacon. Yes, please. Since I've been eating grass-fed beef (luckily, for me, the price of grass-fed ground beef is comparable), I notice the burgers tend to be a little dry, so bacon definitely helps with that. I decided to do things a little differently with these, but you can most certainly grind up your bacon and do it this way. I made these the Paleo Parents' way the first time but I just chopped it up until it was very, very fine (I got skills), but a food processor should work if you don't have a meat grinder. For this recipe, I'm cooking the bacon first. It might sound crazy and like extra work, but I like it this way. Plus I get to eat crispy bacon crumbles as I cook (because I always make extra). Try one way or both because either's bacon, people.

(By the way, have you seen the new book the Paleo Parents put out? It's all about bacon., wait. It's Beyond Bacon. I hear it's a beautiful book and focuses on all the other delicious and nutritious parts of the pig besides bacon. There really is more to life this book than bacon. And if you love pork, if you like pork, or if you want to like pork, you probably want to get your hands on Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog.)

Oh, and since I don't have a gallbladder, in order to eat bacon, I have to take ox bile supplements. The Paleo Parents actually have a whole post on How to Enjoy Bacon without a Gallbladder. Whatever you need, this couple has you covered.

Concerned if eating bacon is healthy? Read HERE and HERE.

Double Bacon BBQ Burgers with BBQ Avocado Sauce and Caramelized Onions

First, we are going to make the onions and the avocado sauce. Now, you can make both of these ahead of time if you want and refrigerate until ready to cook. When I make the burgers, I fry bacon then measure out 1/3 for the patties and 1/4 cup of so for topping. Then I stick those as far back in the refrigerator as I can while I eat any leftover bacon. Then I use the bacon grease to cook the onions. While the onions are cooking, I go ahead and make the patties and bbq-avo sauce (and sneak some of the bacon crumbles). When the onions are almost done, I start to heat up my grill.

Caramelized onions with Barbecue sauce
makes 1/2 - 3/4 cup

What you need:

2 medium sweet or Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tbsp ghee (or butter or coconut oil or bacon grease)
pinch salt
2 tbsp barbecue sauce (optional) (make your own)
1/4 cup or more cooked, crumbled bacon (optional)

How to make:

Heat ghee over medium high heat. (Not sure how to thinly slice your onions, go HERE.) Add sliced onions and stir to coat with ghee. Add a pinch of salt and stir frequently, taking care not to burn. When onions begin to brown, reduce heat to low and let onions cook for 30-60 minutes (or longer) until caramelized. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Add a little water to the pan if onions begin to stick. When onions are caramelized, add 2 tbsp (or more) bbq sauce and leftover bacon crumbles (optional) and stir. Set aside until burgers are ready.

To make ahead: caramelize the onions and store in the refrigerator. Wait to add bbq sauce and bacon until you reheat them for serving.

Double Bacon BBQ Burgers with BBQ Avocado Sauce and Caramelized Onions
Barbecue-Avocado Sauce
makes 1/2 cup

What you need:

1/2 avocado (may sub 1/2 cup mayo)
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp coconut aminos (or 1/2 tsp Tamari soy sauce)
pinch chipotle or cayenne powder (optional)
salt and pepper to taste (if needed)

How to make:

Mix all ingredients in a food processor (or whip by hand if your avocado is really soft) until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to eat. 

Double Bacon BBQ Burgers with BBQ Avocado Sauce and Caramelized Onions
Inspired by The Paleo Parents
Makes 4-6 burgers printable recipe

What you need:
Double Bacon BBQ Burgers with BBQ Avocado Sauce and Caramelized Onions
1 lb ground beef
16-20 slices of bacon, divided (about 1 lb)
1/4 cup bbq sauce* (make your own)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper (or more)
barbecue-avocado sauce for topping (recipe above)
caramelized onions for topping (recipe above)

How to make:

. Cook about 10-12 slices of bacon until crisp (you can cut this to about 6 slices if you don't plan on eating some of it). I chop mine into small pieces first, then cook it, but you can cook whole and crumble it when cool if you want. Let bacon crumbles cool slightly. Try not to eat it all. If you made extra, smart thinking. *For crispier bacon used for wrapping, cook this as well, only cooking about halfway. Let cool before wrapping.*

2. Mix together ground beef, about 1/3 cup crumbled cooked bacon, bbq sauce*, salt and pepper (Add more or less to preference. I use about 1/2 tsp.). You don't want to play with the meat too much. Mix gently but thoroughly to combine. If you have leftover bacon, reserve 1/4 or more for topping if desired, then eat any leftover. Or eat of all it now.

3. Shape meat into 6 palm-size patties. (If you have a big palm, you might want to make them smaller.) Or you can make 4 larger ones. Press your thumb gently in the center of the patties to make a small indent or depression. Wrap the remaining bacon slices around the burgers as desired. I use one piece per burger, but you can use two if needed. (I don't have issues with the bacon falling off, but you can secure it with toothpicks if you wish.)

4. Bring burgers to room temp if needed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired (I like a lot of pepper). Preheat your grill (or frying pan) and cook 4-6 minutes per side over medium to medium high heat. (You can baste with bbq sauce while grilling if you want.)

5. Place lettuce or buns on plate, then burgers. Add a spoonful of barbecue-avocado sauce, then top with caramelized onions and anything else you like (like left-over crumbled bacon if you didn't eat it all)

*Make your own BBQ sauce or find the best quality one you can. It's hard to find a decent store-bought one, but (when I don't make my own) I just go for an organic one and don't worry too much about some of the additives I don't normally eat. If you're doing a Whole30 or something, use sugar-free bacon (find it through US Wellness Meats) and bbq sauce.

Note: If you don't want to wrap your burgers (or not all of them), you can make these with just one of the 12 oz packages of bacon.

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