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step-by-step directions

Bacon Wrapped Chipotle Burgers

  • 12 Slices Smoky Bacon
  • Crisp Lettuce (finely chopped)
  • 6 Burger Rolls (split)
  • Almost Famous BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 2 Large Cloves of Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon Dark Amber Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Sweet Paprika
  • Coarsely Ground Pepper
  • Burgers:
  • 11/2 Lb Ground Beef Chuck 11/2 Lb Ground Beef Chuck Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Drizzling 11/2 Lb Ground Beef Chuck
  • 12 Slices Yellow Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon Pureed Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
step-by-step directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the bacon on a slotted broiler pan or on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes to cook the bacon halfway; set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • While the bacon is cooking, make the sauce: Combine all BBQ sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a bubble and reduce the heat to low; simmer 15 to 20 minutes to thicken. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, chipotle puree, and Worcestershire sauce; season with salt and pepper and a drizzle of EVOO and mix thoroughly. Score the meat into 6 equal portions and form them into patties slightly thinner in the center than at the edges for even cooking and to ensure a flat surface. Drizzle the patties with EVOO. Rachael's tip: Press the center of the patties slightly in, as the meat plumps out while cooking. This will give you a nice, flat burger when done. 
  • Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Cross 2 slices of bacon on a work surface, place a patty on top and wrap the bacon up and around the burger. Repeat to wrap all 6 patties. Cook the burgers with the bacon seam side down first until the bacon is crisp; flip and cook until the bacon on the second side is crisp, 10 to 12 minutes total for medium burgers. Top the burgers with cheese for the last minute of cooking, tenting the griddle with aluminum foil to help melt the cheese.
  • Place a little lettuce on the roll bottoms and top with the burgers, BBQ sauce, and pickles (get the recipe for the pickles here). Set the roll tops in place.
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