Next time you make a burger, make this one. Trust me on this. You will not regret it.
BBQ Jalepeno and Onion Ring Bacon Cheese Burger
2 lbs ground beef, 80/20
8 burger buns
8 slices thick, center cut bacon
8 slices Cheddar cheese
1 cup BBQ sauce (Famous Dave's is my fav)
24 slices pickled jalepeno
2 large yellow onions, peeled and sliced thin into rings
2 cups buttermilk
1 TBSP Kosher salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp chile powder
1 tsp ground paprika
2 cups flour
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cayenne
2 cups vegetable oil
Season beef with 1 TSBP salt and 1 tsp ground black pepper. Form the beef into 8 equal patties, about 1/4 lb each. Let set in fridge for at least 30 minutes before grilling them. Grill the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side. The last 2 minutes of grilling time, add the cheese and close the lid to the grill to help the cheese melt.
Bake the bacon at 450 degrees on a cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes, or until desired crispiness.
Peel and slice the onions into thin rings. Soak the rings in buttermilk that is seasoned with salt, pepper, chile powder and ground paprika. Let soak in the fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Once they have soaked, drain off the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, make your seasoned flour with flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Dredge the onion rings into the seasoned flour and let them set for 10 minutes. While they are setting up, heat the oil in a 2 qt sauce pan over medium high heat to 350 degrees F. Fry the onion rings for 5 minutes, or until golden and crunchy. Drain on paper towels.
Assemble the burgers with burger on bottom bun, top with bacon, jalepeno slices (3 per burger), onion rings and then some BBQ sauce. Serve immediately.