Burgers with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Bang Bang Sauce

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For lunch I like to go to the grocery store and usually I’ll get a salad. Hornbacher’s has some pretty awesome egg salad and I’m pretty certain that they put pickle juice in it. It’s so good. They have this egg salad sandwich on top of a pretzel bun and it is to die for. I never knew the store had homemade pretzel buns and homemade pretzel hot dog buns. I freaking seriously love pretzel buns! I was so happy when the lady at the deli counter told me that you could buy these pretzel buns at  the bakery so I automatically got some for some burgers tonight.

There was a little Bang Bang sauce left over from the shrimp that I made last week. Bang Bang sauce on anything will make it twice as good. It’s just mayo, sriracha sauce, and chili sauce. Super easy to throw together in a bowl. On my pretzel bun burgers, I put Applewood smoked bacon, sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Super tasty. It brought the bus to flavor town!

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Grilled Burgers with Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 tsp of garlic
  • 5 dashes of Sriracha Sauce
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 pretzel buns
  • 4 slices of Apple Wood Smoked Bacon
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • lettuce
  • Bang Bang Sauce (optional)
  1. Preheat Grill
  2. In a bowl combine the ground beef, garlic, Sriracha Sauce, and Worcestershire Sauce. Divide the ground beef evenly into 4 patties.
  3. Grill the burgers until done.
  4. Assemble the burgers. Top the burger with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon and spread the bang bang sauce on top of the bun. Enjoy!



Cheesy Fries Burger!

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Guys, I made the most ridiculous burger last night and it was probably one of the best burgers I’ve ever made. For my meat I added in some Sriracha sauce, a couple dashes of Worschestire Sauce, and some garlic. I really want to get one of those patty makers. I tried using a medium sized jar ring and that worked, but then the burgers shrank and didn’t quite fit the bun when they were cooking in the oven. Do any of you have any tricks for getting the right size burger?

I baked some crispy curl fries in the oven and made some cheese sauce for the top of them. Arby’s has a good frozen crispy curl and they are seasoned. Those went on top of the burger and then the cheese sauce with some crispy bacon of course! Can’t forget the bacon. These were delicious and I’d definitely make them again. Can you just see the cheese sauce oozing out of the burger in all it’s glory?

Cheesy Fries Burger!
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • 4 Hamburgers (however you make them)
  • Recipe for Cheese Sauce (see below)
  1. Directions
  2. Bake 4 cups curly fries as the label directs. Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce: Melt 1 stick butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle in ¼ cup flour and whisk until smooth, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in 1 cup milk and a pinch of nutmeg; whisk until smooth, 3 minutes. Add 8 ounces cubed Velveeta cheese and whisk until melted, about 5 minutes. Whisk in ¼ cup lager beer or chicken broth, 1 teaspoon hot sauce and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Add the fries and toss. Top on burgers.
  3. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/cheesy-fries.html?oc=linkback

This burger was on the front cover of Food Network’s magazine and when I saw it, I knew I had to make it once. Just making it once is fine, went to the gym today to burn off all those calories! :)

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Grilled Pineapple

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Grilled Pineapple is a super healthy dessert that can be made on the grill. If you’ve never had grilled pineapple or have tried grilling fruit before try it soon. You can top the pineapple with low fat ice cream/low fat vanilla frozen yogurt/cool whip topping. I used light cool whip topping for mine.

It felt like it was Summer here today with a high of 56 degrees. It has been  a long Winter here and everybody is sick of it. On Wednesday it’s supposed to get to 66 degrees outside but usually after it starts warming up there’s a storm after that. Either a mixture of sleet/snow/freezing rain etc… Just wish it would warm up for good already so we can grill and smoke some more!

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1 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch rings

1/4 teaspoon honey

3 tablespoons melted butter


Place pineapple in a large resealable plastic bag. Add honey, butter, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Seal bag, and shake to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil grate.

Grill pineapple for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and grill marks appear.

Top with ice cream!


Humpty Dumpty Burger

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There is a restaurant here in Fargo called JL Beers. It’s this small tiny narrow building that when you first look at it from the outside you wonder how they sit people in there. They serve beer and burgers. There is this one burger with a fried egg on top called the Humpty Dumpty. It was good, thought it reminded me of a breakfast sandwich at Mcdonald’s minus the sausage. The burger could have used some seasoning on it and I prefer my burgers medium rare, which that burger was not. Was kind of disappointed when the egg yolk didn’t ooze out all onto my burger like they always seem to do on the television shows.

I decided to make my own version using English muffins as the bun, cheddar cheese, an actual over easy egg, and some of the best bacon I’ve ever had in my life that my brother gave me for Christmas. I still have some of it leftover. This is probably one of the tastiest burgers I’ve made in a long time. If you like your burgers with a little bit of seasoning on them, I just sprinkled them with some Weber grill seasoning Ben and I add just to about every burger we make. Too bad it’s -14 degrees outside right now, it would have been nice to grill them.

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1 pound of 80/20 ground beef
4 English muffins
Cheddar cheese slices
8 slices of cooked bacon
4 fried eggs
salt and pepper
olive oil


Shape burgers into round patties that are equal in size. Season with salt and pepper. In a skillet on a medium high heat, cook the burgers in some olive oil until they are done. Whatever way you like them.

While the burgers are cooking fry the 4 eggs in a non-stick skillet until the egg yolks are runny and the egg whites are no longer runny.

Toast the English muffins in the toaster while the eggs and burgers are cooking.

Layer the burgers. One English muffin, the burger, cheese, egg and bacon, and then the top of the English muffin. Repeat with the next 3 burgers. Enjoy with some oven cooked fries.