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Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

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Category: Healthy Recipes, Dinner Party

 Ingredients List

  • *** Candied Bacon ***
  • 1 lb thick cut applewood smoked bacon
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • *** Caramelized onions ***
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • *** Maple BBQ sauce ***
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup real maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tsp hot sauce ( I used Chipotle Tabasco)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • *** Burger ***
  • 2 lbs ground beef ( I like to use 80/20 in burgers)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 buns, toasted if desired


Prepare the candied bacon first.
Preheat oven to 375°. Line a large baking sheet (with sides) with foil. Place a baking rack on top of the foil (I actually used a cooling rack).
Whisk together light brown sugar and pepper in a small bowl
Line bacon on rack. Spread sugar mixture evenly over bacon.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning pan once throughout baking.
When done, remove pan from oven and allow bacon to cool on rack.

**** Caramelized Onions ****

Heat butter in medium skillet over medium low heat. Add onions, salt and sugar and cook for 20-25 minutes until onions are golden brown and soft.

**** Maple BBQ sauce ****

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and allow sauce to cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool.

**** Burgers ****

Mix meat and salt and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions and form into patties.
Grill burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side.
Immediately top with a slice of cheese and allow to melt. Remove burger from grill and assemble, but topping with BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and candied bacon.

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