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So I’m prancing around Walmart the other day, (yes, prancing), because Spring has sprung and our grill is no longer underneath mounds of snow. I’m SO ready to grill. I already knew that I was going to make a delicious cheeseburger with bacon and homemade BBQ sauce. (Nix that: The hubs was going to grill that up. I wanted to add something special to the meal on my own- usually he mans the grill and I handle side dishes and whatnot) So what came next, fell into place oh-so perfecty… I spotted Alexia Onion Rings in the freezer aisle. Nowwww we’ve got something….time to SpringIntoFlavor people.
So I sprung for all of it right then and there- the onion rings, and BOTH flavors of sweet potato fries. My hubs loves sweet potato fries. And I pretty much ate all of those onion rings.
But what made the onion ring endeavor even more fun was baking an egg in the middle of it to top off the burgers. I was a magical moment. The hubs walks in with a plate of BBQ bacon cheeseburgers, fresh off the grill, upon which I topped with a crispy onion ring surrounding a freshly baked egg.
HOLY cow (ooof, no pun intended).
….Best. Burger. Ever. Alexia’s products definitely of very high quality and are made with all-natural ingredients and you can tell by the taste, they tasted like I made them right in the kitchen, they were so fresh-which is key when you’re going the whole 9 yards with a burger, clearly we don’t mess around. Join them on Pinterest and Facebook to see what other recipes you can conjure up-there are tons!
I’ve got some great trips for grilling perfect burgers below, definitely worth checking out those tips before you start!
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- ½ tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- ½ tablespoon onion powder
- ½ tablespoon ground mustard
- 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 pound fresh ground sirloin (with 20% fat- it tastes like a restaurant burger)
- ⅓ cup finely diced yellow onions
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke (optional, gives the burger a nice smokey flavor)
- Vegetable Spray
- 5 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ⅓ cup homemade BBQ sauce (or store bought if you're pressed for time)
- 4 slices American cheese
- 4 eggs
- 1 (13.5 oz.) bag Alexia onion rings
- 1 (20 oz.) bag Alexia fries
- 4 large burger buns
- In a small saucepan, combine the ketchup, water, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
- Incorporate the remaining ingredients and decrease the heat to low.
- Simmer, uncovered for 1 hour.
- Preheat your oven to 325. Lightly spray a baking pan with vegetable spray and place onion rings and French fries on top. Bake for about 20 minutes or so. Remove from the oven and place 4 large onion rings on a separate sprayed baking pan. Crack an egg in the middle of each and place fries & onion rings back in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the eggs are firm and cooked as desired.
- While the fries and onion rings bake for the 2nd time, cook your burgers.
- Gently mix together the ground sirloin, diced onions, and liquid smoke. Carefully mold each burger into a tennis ball shape, then oh-so-gently flatten them into a patty shape. Be gentle with the meat and don’t compact it too tightly, we want a nice, juicy burger.
- Have you experienced burgers that “bloat” on the grill?
- … in other words, they get all round in the middle?! To mitigate this, make a slight indentation in the middle of the burger with your thumb before you put it on the grill. This will get counteracted as it cooks and you’ll end up with a nicely shaped patty. This is better than putting an overly flat patty on the grill.
- Turn your grill on high and cook the burgers on direct heat for a few minutes on each side. Cooking them this way as opposed to cooking them slowly helps maintain a lot of the juiciness. Do not squish or flatten the burgers with a spatula while they cook. As my dad would say “Leave them the heck alone!” Also, it’s best to only flip them once.
- Do not brush BBQ sauce on the burgers until they’re pretty much done.
- Otherwise, the sauce will burn and your burger will taste too charred. Once you’ve brushed on the BBQ sauce, top each burger with cheese and crumbled bacon, and remove from the grill once the cheese is melted.
- Top the burgers with the onion ring/egg, serve with fries, and cheers!
BBQ Sauce Recipe Source: MissInformationBlog.com
Burger Grilling Tips: GrillingCompanion.com