Bacon Burgers with Bourbon Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese (reciperunner)

 

4 hamburger buns
arugula or mixed greens

Bourbon Caramelized Onions

2 t grapeseed or other flavorless oil
1 large yellow onion
1 t maple syrup or brown sugar
1/8 t kosher salt
black pepper to taste
2 T bourbon

In a medium sized saute pan heat the oil over medium high heat. While oil is heating, thinly slice the onion. Once the pan is hot add in the sliced onions, salt and black pepper. Saute onion for a couple min then add in the maple syrup or brown sugar. Turn heat down to medium and continue to cook onions until they soften and turn golden brown in color, about 6 – 8 min. Add bourbon into the onions and saute for another min then remove them from the heat.

Honey Thyme Goat Cheese

4 oz goat cheese, softened
1 T honey
1/2 t fresh thyme, chopped

In a small bowl mix together the goat cheese, honey and fresh thyme until completely combined.

Bacon Burgers

1 lb lean ground beef
4 slices uncooked bacon, diced
1/2 t kosher salt
black pepper to taste

Heat the grill to medium high heat and oil the grates to prevent the burgers from sticking. In a large bowl gently mix together beef, diced uncooked bacon, salt and pepper. Form the meat into 4 patties being careful not to overwork the meat. Grill the burger on each side for 4 – 6 min or until they reach an internal temp of 160 F and the juices run clear. Remove burgers from grill and toast the buns if desired. Place a burger on the bottom half of each bun and top it with some of the bourbon caramelized onions and arugula. Spread an equal amount of the goat cheese on the top half of each of the 4 buns.
Serve immediately. Yields: 4 burgers.

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