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Holey Cheeseburger

bacon aioli, swiss cheese, spicy pickles

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If you’re looking for an elevated weeknight burger, this is the recipe for you tonight. Start with a tender brioche roll, topped with a juicy pan-seared beef patty and sharp Swiss cheese. Instead of your typical burger condiments, try bacon aioli. A balance of smokey, spicy and sweet, you’ll find many uses for this delicious topping.  Finish your burger with grilled red onions, spicy house-made pickles, crunchy iceberg lettuce, and juicy tomatoes. Add some kettle chips, or your favorite crunchy side to complete your dinner.
difficultyDifficulty Level
EasyEasyEasy
difficulty
Total Time:  20 minutes
Active Time:  20 minutes
Ingredients

Bacon Aioli

  • 4 ounces bacon
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Holey Cheese Burger

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce 
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • Dill pickle slices, for serving
  • Kettle chips, for serving
Directions
1
To make the aioli, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning once, until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and dice when cooled.
2
Measure out 1 tablespoon bacon fat into a bowl. Add the diced cooked bacon and remaining bacon aioli ingredients and stir to combine well. Taste and adjust seasoning. 
3
Shape the beef into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper. 
4
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the patties and cook, flipping once, until seared on each side and cooked all the way through, about 8 minutes. Add the cheese after flipping. 
5
Serve the burgers on brioche buns with onion, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and bacon aioli. Chips on the side.

Holey Cheeseburger

bacon aioli, swiss cheese, spicy pickles

STARS

If you’re looking for an elevated weeknight burger, this is the recipe for you tonight. Start with a tender brioche roll, topped with a juicy pan-seared beef patty and sharp Swiss cheese. Instead of your typical burger condiments, try bacon aioli. A balance of smokey, spicy and sweet, you’ll find many uses for this delicious topping.  Finish your burger with grilled red onions, spicy house-made pickles, crunchy iceberg lettuce, and juicy tomatoes. Add some kettle chips, or your favorite crunchy side to complete your dinner.
difficultyDifficulty Level
EasyEasyEasy
difficulty
Total Time:  20 minutes
Active Time:  20 minutes
Servings:  4

Ingredients

Bacon Aioli

  • 4 ounces bacon
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Holey Cheese Burger

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce 
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • Dill pickle slices, for serving
  • Kettle chips, for serving

Directions

1
To make the aioli, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning once, until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and dice when cooled.
2
Measure out 1 tablespoon bacon fat into a bowl. Add the diced cooked bacon and remaining bacon aioli ingredients and stir to combine well. Taste and adjust seasoning. 
3
Shape the beef into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper. 
4
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the patties and cook, flipping once, until seared on each side and cooked all the way through, about 8 minutes. Add the cheese after flipping. 
5
Serve the burgers on brioche buns with onion, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and bacon aioli. Chips on the side.