“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne
June is a month of many things: sunglasses, the beach, Father’s Day, and of course, grilling out. Let’s take time this month to celebrate the men in our life with one of their favorite things: food. Even better, food we cook for them. Outside. With fire. On a hot hot day. And for our loyal contacts, we’ve found just the thing for your guy: Whiskey bacon burger. I bet you can see the joy on your partner’s (or dad’s! or friend’s!) face now.
Whiskey Bacon Burger
- Four 6-oz. hamburger patties
- ¼ cup whiskey
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 strips of bacon
- 8 thick-sliced pieces of yellow American cheese
- 2 large Vidalia onions, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons reserved bacon fat
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 hamburger buns
Place bacon in a large skillet and cook until crispy and sizzling. Remove strips, placing on a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Reserve about 2 Tablespoons of the bacon fat.
Drain the rest of the fat and wipe down your skillet. Now, add the olive oil and bacon fat you reserved into the same skillet, adding the onions, and cooking them over a low heat. Add the salt and cook, turning the onions often, for about 30-40 minutes. It takes some time for them to get nice and sweet. Set aside the onions and let them cool.
While the onions are cooking, add the whiskey and chopped garlic to a shallow dish. Put in the hamburger patties and let it marinate for 15 minutes. Then, flip and marinate for another 15 minutes on the other side.
Grill the burgers over medium-high heat for five minutes on each side, if you’d like a medium or medium rare burger. Adjust the timing if your burgers are smaller, or if you’d prefer them to be more well done. The last minute of your grilling time, add two slices of cheese to each burger and close the lid to melt the cheese. Now remove the hamburgers onto a platter.
Place each hamburger on a bottom bun, then top with a large spoonful of caramelized onions and one strip of bacon, broken in half. Top each with a bun and they’re ready to serve!
Pair this meal with a cold beer on a summer day and your man will feel appreciated and ready to relax! You can serve with some healthier sides such as steamed or grilled broccoli or a tossed salad to make a balanced meal.
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Dr. Julie Drolet