Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

A mouthful not only in the title of this one, but a delicious mouthful when biting into this mammoth of a burger.  There are always different ways to serve up burgers, and for the last year or so I have been going with the smashed burger route on a large cast iron skillet. I’ve said it before, but anytime I ask my kids what they would like to eat, the oldest always shouts out ‘burgers’. As my wife had other plans to help out with her parents this past weekend, I decided to opt-in on the burger suggestion as it was only going to be me and my son hanging out that night.

So, as I went to the store to shop for the ingredients, I decided that I would get some nice rolls from the bakery. I was going to buy two of these awesome butter top buns that are just perfect when holding up to big, juicy burgers, but then something grabbed my attention; the asiago jalapeno bagel. I’ve never thought of using a bagel as the bun, but now after experimenting with it, I’m sold.

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

Now you can go any direction with your burger, whether plain, cheese, onions, etc, but I thought this one worked out well.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 3/4 inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.

Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.

I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.

asiago-jalapeno-bagel-burger-ingredients

Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.

Let’s build this burger.

Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

I was blown away with every bite. The bagel in itself was exceptionally good, but the combination of all of this, along with some of that mild bite from the jalapeno, just made this one of my favorite burgers. I’ve made enough in my time, but seriously this is up there as being on of my top favorites. So the next time you are cooking burgers, think of the bagel as the bun. It was a real game changer. I hope you enjoy!

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground chuck
  • ¾ inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.
  2. Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.
  3. I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.
  4. Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.
  5. Let’s build this burger.
  6. Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

 

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Grecian Lamb and Tzatziki Grilled Cheese

Lately I have been thinking of grilled cheese sandwiches. The grilled cheese sandwich, just by itself, is pure comfort food. A couple slices of bread, some American cheese, and some butter is all you need to have thoughts of childhood, or to remove any stresses of the day. Two of my kids love the basic grilled cheese sandwich (God forbid that my oldest eat anything with melted cheese), and any time they are undecided what to eat for lunch on any given Saturday or Sunday, I also suggest a grilled cheese. There’s something about the low and slow process that I totally love. There is also something about coming up with new ideas when it comes to cheeses, and other ingredients that, well you know, I totally am all about. With that said, that’s when I decided to some up with a twist on a grilled cheese, and go all out, making what I am calling the Grecian lam and tzatziki grilled cheese.

IT WAS TO DIE FOR.

Grecian Lamb and Tzatziki Grilled Cheese

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 70 g Wisconsin Carr Valley Creama Kasa Cheese, sliced
  • 40 g Wisconsin Black River Blue Cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 1 inch slices of rustic French loaf
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 inch ring of red onion
  • 2 tbsp tzatziki sauce

Ingredients for the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated using a microplane
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Make the tzatziki sauce by adding all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl, and stir to combine.

Next, form your lamb into a ball. Season with the salt and pepper.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat, then add the lamb. Let cook for about 3 minutes, then smash it down with a large spatula. Flatten it like you would a smash burger. Continue to cook for about 2 minutes to get it nice and caramelized.

Flip the patty, and continue to cook an additional three minutes. Add the onion ring, and let the onion gently cook on top of the burger. Remove the lamb patty and place on some paper towel to let any excess fat be removed.

Spread butter, along with 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise onto each slice of bread. Yes, mayonnaise.

Place the bread, butter and mayonnaise side down, on low heat onto a skillet, then layer the blue cheese. Cook for about 5 minutes on low. When the bread becomes lightly golden, add the cooked lamb burger with the onion ring, making sure the center of the onion is removed.

Continue to cook until the bread starts getting a bit darker golden brown.

How to make a Grecian Lamb and Tzatziki Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Add the tzatziki sauce into the center of the onion ring.

Top with the Carr Valley cheese, then add the remaining slice of bread, butter and mayonnaise side up.

Carefully flip, then weight down with a heavy pan, or bacon press.

Continue cooking on low until the bottom side is golden brown, then flip again, press with the bacon weight, and cook until the cheese is nice and melted on both sides.

Now you want to talk about an awesome grilled cheese, then this is the one. Talk about surprises in this sandwich. You get that nice boldness with the lamb, and then the creaminess hits you from the Carr Valley cheese, then a punch from the creamy and melted blue cheese, only to be balanced with the wilted onion and tangy tzatziki sauce. It was extremely difficult to put this down, and to be honest, it only hit the plate one time before I continued to devour it. Hope you enjoy!

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Spicy Burger Relish

In my family, the grilling season never ends. I know that we can have some harsh weather in Wisconsin, however the grill is always near by, and the bag of charcoal is always stocked. With that said, whenever I take a poll with my family for what they want for dinner in the coming week, well, I should just say my boys, the answer is pretty much ‘burgers’. My daughter is not a burger loving girl, but the boys are, and at their age now, it is almost as though they eat 3 of them. No kidding. Stop it. They are eating me out of my house.  As they are the typical plain cheese, or simply a burger and bacon kind of kids, I like to jazz mine up from time to time, and that’s when I decided to come up with a new relish. A spicy burger relish.

Spicy Burger Relish

This relish not only goes great with burgers, but heck you can dip chips or veggies into it, or even layer it on your omelette in the morning. It’s good, really, really good.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 whole pickled cherry bomb peppers, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup of roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 6 cherry tomatoes tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp red chili flakes
  • generous pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • generous pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

How to make spicy burger relish

Add all of these ingredients to a food processor and pulse until you have a thick salsa like consistency. Taste and season to your liking.

Cook your burgers to your desired temperature, and slather on the spicy burger relish.

Spicy burger relish

The end result is really great. It’s everything you want in a great condiment, and the heat from the cherry bomb peppers, and the roasted bell peppers really make this relish shine. It’s almost everything you love in a Sriracha sauce, but a bit better. Yes, I said that. I hope you enjoy, and keep those grills going!

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Cheeseburger Sliders

My family is a huge fan of burgers, and burgers of any type. Everyone has their ‘go to’ burger and as I typically go the most extreme in terms of condiments and toppings, everyone else takes it pretty easy. One will do just cheese, the other just bacon, and the other, well, let’s just say she refuses to eat them. I’m fine with that. I really am. One of my favorites however is the simple cheeseburger slider. Maybe it was when I fell in love with them when my parents would travel to Indiana and stop by White Castles and grab a bag of sliders. Who knows. The cheeseburger slider, along with some nice pickles just makes everything better.

Cheeseburger Sliders

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Package of King’s Hawaiian rolls, sliced
  • 1/2 pound of ground chuck, shaped into 2 ounce patties
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices of Cheddar or American cheese
  • pickles

Simple. Love it.

Start by forming your patties into 2 ounce portions, a bit larger than a golf ball. Be gentle with these as you do not want to overwork the meat. Season both sides with salt. To one side, make a thumbprint in the middle. Continue with the remaining ground chuck. This should make about 6 sliders.

Heat a large, cast iron skillet, or non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, about 1 minute or so, add as many burgers as you can, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet.

Sear the patties on one side and do not touch them for a few minutes, just let them get nice and caramelized.

Once caramelized, flip each burger, and season with a bit of cracked black pepper. Cook for another minute, then add about 1/2 of a slice of cheddar or American cheese to the top of each patty.

Add about 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet, and cover. This process gets some awesome steam going and quickly melts the cheese.

Add each patty to a sliced, King’s Hawaiian roll, and top with a pickle, or serve pickles on the side.

You can add condiments if you want, but to me, the simplicity says it all when it comes to beef and cheese.

Cheeseburger Sliders
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Recipe type: Burgers
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Package of King's Hawaiian rolls, sliced
  • ½ pound of ground chuck, shaped into 2 ounce patties
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices of Cheddar or American cheese
  • pickles
Instructions
  1. Start by forming your patties into 2 ounce portions, a bit larger than a golf ball. Be gentle with these as you do not want to overwork the meat. Season both sides with salt. To one side, make a thumbprint in the middle. Continue with the remaining ground chuck. This should make about 6 sliders.
  2. Heat a large, cast iron skillet, or non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, about 1 minute or so, add as many burgers as you can, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet.
  3. Sear the patties on one side and do not touch them for a few minutes, just let them get nice and caramelized.
  4. Once caramelized, flip each burger, and season with a bit of cracked black pepper. Cook for another minute, then add about ½ of a slice of cheddar or American cheese to the top of each patty.
  5. Add about 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet, and cover. This process gets some awesome steam going and quickly melts the cheese.
  6. Add each patty to a sliced, King's Hawaiian roll, and top with a pickle, or serve pickles on the side.
  7. You can add condiments if you want, but to me, the simplicity says it all when it comes to beef and cheese.

 

Enjoy! Are you all fans of cheeseburger sliders or do you just go all in and load them up with toppings and condiments?

 

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