July 5, 2014

Bacon Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce




In my house bacon is it's own food group. I live with three males and they can be sound asleep, but when I start frying bacon they suddenly appear out of thin air. The same goes for their enthusiasm for menu ideas. If I mention most recipes I get complete disregard or an occasional quick comment. However, if I casually mention that I'm making a recipe that involves bacon for dinner, suddenly they become very interested in everything I'm doing. Occasionally my oldest goes so far as to run around the house with a crazy voice shouting the word bacon over and over again. It's a little odd, but the boy knows what he likes and bacon is at the top of the list.

There is something very appealing about a delicious and juicy burger. My whole family loves them and I make some burger variation at least once or twice a month. Last week I made a new recipe for Bacon Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. The recipe is as follows.



Adapted from the July 2014 issue of the Food and Wine Magazine

Bacon Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce


Recipe Type: Main
Summary:
A tender burger recipe using ground beef and minced bacon and served with a delicious yogurt sauce.
Preparation Time: 0h, 10m
Cooking Time: 0h, 8m
Total Time: 0h, 18m
Yield: Serves 8


Bacon Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 minced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound bacon, minced *see note
  • 6 scallions white and light green parts minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped mint
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Instructions
  1. Puree the yogurt, jalapeƱos, cilantro, ginger, onion, sugar and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a food processor. 
  2. In a separate bowl combine the ground beef, scallions, mint, Parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, cayenne, and remaining salt. 
  3. Form into 8 burger patties. 
  4. Either using a grill or a griddle, cook the burgers for 6-8 minutes or until 180 degrees. 
  5. Serve the burgers on hamburger buns topped with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, ketchup, and/or Sriracha and the yogurt sauce spread on the bottom of the bun. 
*Note: In order for the bacon to be fully minced either use a food processor or cook the bacon until crisp, crumble, and then add to the recipe. Alternatively you can used real bacon bits. 

Be very careful that you fully mince the bacon. If the bites are too large the burgers will end up with large grease pockets. When properly minced the bacon keeps the burgers moist and is a great addition to the ground beef. 
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