Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Peanut-ty Pig Burger

Let's flash back to 2008 for a minute... Life sans children....

Cue Wayne's World flashback noise *doodleedoo doodledoo doodleedoo*

It was myself and my husband and we had just moved to Reno, into a cute little apartment, both had jobs and... No responsibilities. (Can we raise the roof on that!?)

He used to work for Enterprise, which was right down the street from a little dive bar and restaurant. Not only did they have a great Happy Hour, Scooby Snacks for $3 and a pitcher of beer for $5, they have some of the BEST burgers I've eaten.

Delicious soak-up-all-the-alcohol burgers.

Classic cheese burgers are a must, but one day I stumbled upon their Skippy Burger.
Peanut butter on a burger? Totes disgusting, right?

But I was adventurous, and hungry, so I ordered it.

Are you kidding me? Are YOU KIDDING me!?

A perfectly cooked burger, sandwiched between a soft grilled bun, and topped with crisp bacon and drip-down-your-arm peanut butter. It was rich. It was nutty. And it was so damn good.

How easy are they to make at home? Too easy. Let's get cooking shall we? I paired mine with homemade crispy french fries and an ice cold beer... (Like there was any other option?)

You will need:
1 1/3 pounds 80/20 ground beef
seasoned salt and pepper
8 strips bacon, cooked crisp
4 Tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
Burger Buns

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with seasonings.
Heat up a large skillet or flat top grill over medium-high heat (never EVER grill burgers on a grate. Wanna know where the moisture goes? Drippy-drip bye-bye on to your coals or through the grates. Then your coals are taking a delicious grease bath while your chomping down on some desert-taste bud inducing burgers). OK!?
While the pan is warming, shape the seasoned beef into 1/3 lb patties.
Cook burgers for 4 minutes on each side (to achieve medium done-ness).
Remove from heat and rest on a platter.

Place peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and heat on high, in your microwave, for 30 seconds.
Time to assemble.
*By the way, I lurve toasting my buns on the grease left over from the burgers until toasty and golden brown.

Burger assemblage, go:

  • Bottom Bun
  • Burger Patty
  • Spoon peanut butter on top, pushing over the edge (while your taste buds go with it)
  • 2-3 slices of bacon (or 5)
  • Top Bun

Squish ever so slightly and shove into your mouth.

She will be mine... Oh yes, she will be mine...

"Recipe" tips: 
1. Do not use cold, straight-outta-the-fridge ground beef
2. No grill, no grates. Flat top, always.
3. Don't press the life out of the burger while cooking, or flatten it with your spatula like a mad (wo)man. That sizzling sound? It's the life screaming out of your burger.
4. If making homemade fries, soak peeled and cut fries in cold/salted water for 15 minutes prior to frying (and always dry off before placing in oil... No one likes a grease volcano. Especially your toes.)
5. Enjoy yo'self. Burgers are little presents of deliciousness.

Which flavor of burger is your favorite?

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