The New Englandah Burgah

Introducing The New Englandah Burgah by Chef Jason Royal from Food 52. Except because we are in Madrid and didn’t have access to maple syrup, I made it with a Madrileña/Mimi twist. While I don’t have kitchen rights in my Señora’s house and while she does let me bake sweet things, this baker was craving to cook something savory. Luckily my friends have apartments with kitchens! Fully equipped! So I made my way to Salamanca (within Madrid) and made some burgers with my friends Julie and Jessica! These were so easy to make and honestly, along with the wine we bought the total only came up to like 22 euros. How cheap is that? The more I say here the more I love Madrid!
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Well anyway, let’s get started!

This recipe makes 2 burgers

Ingredients: 

-1 lb ground beef (We only found mixed ground beef/pork at the grocery store, so that’s what I used)
-1/4 cup maple syrup (we couldn’t find any, so I omitted it)
-4 thick slices of applewood smoked bacon (we got 12 slices)
-1 apple (sliced)
-4 slices vermont cheddar (Jessica doesn’t like cheddar cheese, so we got slices of havarti, still delicious)
-2 rolls (we had 4)
-salt and pepper to taste
powdered garlic
1 avocado, sliced
– 4 lettuce leaves
-1 tomato sliced
-brown sugar to candy the bacon
-Carmelized onions rings

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground meat, salt, pepper and garlic powder (you’re also supposed to mix in the maple syrup). Mix until well combined, shape into patties. Make sure to make a tiny well in the center. Patties will swell. Set aside in the fridge. 
  2. Slice the onions and caramelize in a pan. Once the onions are brown and fork-tender, set aside on a plate. Place the bacon on the pan (don’t overlap the slices) and sprinkle with brown sugar. Once the bacon has cooked on one side, flip and sprinkle with more brown sugar. If you want them to be crispy, bake them in a oven at 400 degrees. Make sure to keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside. IMG_6822
  3. Add the sliced apples to the pan that you cooked the bacon in. The remaining brown sugar in the pan will sweeten and soften the apples. Once the apples are soft and brown, set aside. They should still be firm enough to keep their shape.
  4. In a clean pan, place the burger patties and cover with a lid for 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for another minute or so. Meanwhile toast the burger buns. Top with the slices of cheese and cover with a lid again until the cheese melts. If you want, you can keep the burger on the pan until the cheese melts onto the pan and creates a crispy cheese-y crust around the burger. Place the cooked patty on the toasted burger bun.You may want to place the lettuce on the bottom bun first and then put on the burger patty. IMG_6825IMG_6826
  5. Slice the tomato, avocado and cut/rip lettuce into manageable pieces. Top the burger patty with caramelized onions, the apple slices, a slice or two of tomato, avocado, and bacon. IMG_6833

And that’s it! This burger is so flavorful you don’t even need ketchup or anything. I’ll definitely be making this again and next time, I’m going to make fries🙂 I think I can safely say my friends loved it! And the best part is, you can personalize it yourself by choosing your own toppings. If avocados aren’t you’re thing than don’t add it. If you like pickles, add them! Make it your own!

Hugs and puppies

Mimi

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