It is officially BBQ season, but we live in an apartment building that frowns upon BBQs. We couldn't let rules get in the way of our burger craving this evening, so we made do with cooking them in a skillet on the stove. Make sure to use extra lean ground beef, since the fat won't have anywhere to drip. The upside of the fat not having anywhere to drip is that the burgers stay really moist and full of flavour. The Tomato-Bacon Relish adds a complexity to the burgers. I liked the relish so much that I brought the bowl of it over to the dining table so that I could scoop more onto my burger as I ate. It is the perfect condiment, with all the best burger toppings in one yummy sauce.
4 strips good quality bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 small yellow onion, sliced thinly and then diced
1 teaspoon curry
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard
Heat a medium skillet on medium heat. Cut the bacon strips in half and add to the hot skillet. Cook the bacon until crisp, flipping halfway through the cooking. Place the cooked bacon on a paper towel lined plate. When the bacon is cool, break it into small pieces. Reserve two teaspoons of bacon grease for the burgers.
Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the same skillet used to cook the bacon (keep the heat on medium). Add the garlic and onions and cook until slightly browned. Add the sugar and curry and cook for about 3 minutes. Pour the two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into the pan and scrape up the browned bits of onion and garlic.
Add the tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper and stir well. Simmer the tomatoes for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid cooks down. Remove the tomatoes from the heat and stir in the bacon bits and mustard. Allow the relish to cool before serving.
Makes 1 cup of relish.
Makes 4 burgers
1 ½ lbs. extra lean ground beef
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon BBQ sauce (Diana's!)
2 teaspoons bacon grease (from relish recipe)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 slices cheddar cheese
4 whole wheat burger rolls, cut in half
Whisk egg, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper together. Place the ground beef in a large bowl and add the egg mixture. Mix well with your hands.
Form the beef into four patties.
Brush a little bit of olive oil on a large skillet. Heat the skillet on medium-high. Cook the burgers for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, depending on how thick the burgers are. As the burgers finish cooking, place a piece of cheese on top of each burger and continue to cook until the cheese melts.
Toast the buns under the broiler until browned. Place a burger on each bun and smother with Tomato-Bacon Relish!