Jun 17, 2013

Bacon & Avocado Burger

Bacon & Avocado Burger

The burger bandwagon rolls on and on. Been wanting to do a new burger—seasoning, sauce and all the other fun stuff—for some time now. So as soon as the sun broke out, we fired up the pit. I needed that kind of energy today.

This sure is a burger with a powerful personality. Instead of my usual way, seasoning the ground beef, I decided to make a rub and season only the outside. Score! The rub sure has a kick to it but in the end is balanced out nicely by the creamy and nutty avocado.

The idea for this sauce came from Dawn, who left a comment in my comeback burger about her mom always making this sauce and, wow, her mom was right. We loved it.

And finally, the bacon is there because bacon.

 

Ingredients:

 

Hamburgers:

14oz/400gr ground beef
4 sesame burger buns
8 bacon rashers
1 avocado
iceberg lettuce

 

Hamburger Seasoning:

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp mixed peppercorns
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 heaping tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried chili flakes

 

Burger Sauce:

1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp sweet pickle relish
1/4 tsp hamburger seasoning
(optional: finely minced onion)

 

Directions:

For starters, I got to use this breath-taking olive wood mortar & pestle I got from Fonq. Pity me.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

I used a 4-peppercorn mix and combined it with the salt.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Add the chilli flakes to it. You can also replace it with ground cayenne.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Start smashing those things!
Bacon & Avocado Burger

I gave them a medium-fine grind.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Add the remaining spices listed under hamburger seasoning and mix it.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Regular burger buns. Nothing fancy here. Slice them open.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

For the sauce you combine the (only Heinz, baby!) ketchup with the mustard, sweet pickle relish, and 1/4 tsp hamburger seasoning.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

 
Adding finely minced onions tasted wonderful, but the first try-out for this burger I didn’t feel the raw onion worked very well with the avocado, so I left it out.
 

Divide the ground beef in 4 equal portions.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

I used the same tortilla press technique that I used in my comeback burger to flatten the meatballs.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Season them to taste on both sides.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

 
We kept the Big Green Egg stable at 200C° (400F°) and I used the half-moon griddle. Love that darn thing. You can use a regular grill pan on your stove top as well, but I love the characteristic BGE smokiness on my burger.
 

Cook the bacon until crunchy but still slightly chewy. Transfer it to a plate.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Even if you don’t like avocado, give it a try, it works for this recipe. Adds flavour and creaminess.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and slice it in its skin. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Cook the burgers on the griddle for roughly 2 minutes on each side and grill the buns face down.
Bacon & Avocado Burger

 
That’s it. Put some lettuce on top of the buns, add the burgers, a dollop sauce and finish it with the bacon and avocado.
 

Paired with a glass of cold beer, this burger is the epitome of yummy!
Bacon & Avocado Burger

Bacon & Avocado Burger
Ingredients
    Hamburgers:

    14oz/400gr ground beef
    4 sesame burger buns
    8 bacon rashers
    1 avocado
    iceberg lettuce

    Hamburger Seasoning:

    1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1 tsp mixed peppercorns
    1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder
    1 tsp brown sugar
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 heaping tsp onion powder
    1/4 tsp dried chili flakes

    Burger Sauce:

    1/4 cup ketchup
    1 tsp yellow mustard
    1 tbsp sweet pickle relish
    1/4 tsp hamburger seasoning
    (optional: finely minced onion)

Directions
    Combine the peppercorns, chill flakes and salt in a mortar or use a spice mill. Give them a medium-fine grind and add the remaining spices listed under season to it.

    Combine all ingredients listed under Burger Sauce and stir well.

    Divide the ground beef in 4 portions, use a tortilla or hamburger press to make burgers and season them to taste on both sides. We kept the Big Green Egg stable at 200C° (400F°) and I used the half-moon griddle. Cook the bacon until crunchy but still slightly chewy. Transfer it to a plate. Cook the burgers on the griddle for roughly 2 minutes on each side and grill the buns face down. Slice the avocado.
    Put some lettuce on the buns, add the burgers, a dollop sauce and finish it with the bacon and avocado.

Meal type: BBQ, Burgers
Servings: 4
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    10 Comments »

    1. 1

      Bacon avocado burgers – our dinner last night.  Yours looks much better.  Yum.
      Hurray for us, we found stroopwafels in our local grocery.  Waiting for my daughter to visit before we tear into the package.

      Cindy on Jun 17, 2013 @ 1:21 pm
    2. 2

      Wow! What a tasty sounding burger. Love the dry seasoning mix and the comeback sauce. Plus, how can you ever go wrong by putting bacon and avocado into something?! Delicious!

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Jun 17, 2013 @ 7:45 pm
    3. 3

      (only Heinz, baby!).. See Kay that’s I LOVE you so much
      Yews got taste Baby
      I drizzle lemon on my avocado slices too
      I like how you put the condiments together like that, saves putting
      out a bunch-O-jars and squeeze bottles.. smart too
       
      Yer two fer two today Kay.. *wink* 

      Dave on Jun 18, 2013 @ 12:12 am
    4. 4

      My version of this burger goes like this.
      Buy boneless rib eye steak or better (I like the fat) and have butcher grind it up
      (I don’t have a meat grinder but I guess a food processor might do?)
      Anyway you buy top beef cause yer gonna cook it rare to tartar in the middle
      So make yer paddy’s thick!
      Do up yer bacon and avocados yer way with a sprinkle of lemon
      On the bun spread some good Mayo and green relish or lay on dill pickles
      After flipping the burgers ONCE only sprinkle blue cheese on the cooked side showing
      It will melt and before it runs off (still a bit lumpy) pull yer paddy off, rest or serve right away
      Can we say YUM Kay?

      Dave on Jun 18, 2013 @ 12:55 am
      1. I’m so spoiled. I don’t have one but two meatgrinders :)

        So… when are you gonna make me that burger?

        Kay on Jun 26, 2013 @ 3:50 pm
        1. Anytime my dear.. my burger palace is your burger palace. 
          Come by my tropical home in the winter while the cold snows lay on yer Gouda lawn
          and I will be happy to take you here.. http://www.frickleburgers.com/ where
          you can make the burger of your liking toppings an all. Heck you can even use 
          chicken if it pleases you my dear. 
          Awwwwwwwww crap it just went out of business on
          May 19th.. http://www.yelp.com/biz/frickleburgers-cathedral-city-2
          I guess you are stuck with my culinary delights Kay… *wink wink nudge nudge*
          :>)
           
           
           
           

          Dave on Jun 26, 2013 @ 7:33 pm
    5. 5

      Ooops .. forgot.. sliced very thin red onion too (on above)

      Dave on Jun 18, 2013 @ 12:57 am
    6. 6

      Hi Kay,
      I absolutely love your blog!! Many recipes are in my erveryday repertoire since I discovered your site.
      I was wondering where I can find the Ram sweet pickle relish in NL.I have searched in supermarkets (AH, Jumbo, Deen, Lidl) and Turkish shops and a Toko but I can’t find it anywhere. Also I can’t seem to find it online.
      Would you please be so kind to let me know?

      Jane on Aug 5, 2013 @ 5:13 pm
      1. I buy mine at the toko boat in Rotterdam!

        Kay on Aug 5, 2013 @ 5:15 pm
    7. 7

      Thanks Kay! I will keep on searching in ervery toko I come across!

      Jane on Aug 6, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

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