Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Before you think, “oh my gosh, Jenn is eating beef?!”  I did not eat these.  I just made them for Zack and his brothers.  Do not fear, I am still the same poultry-only gal that I’ve always been.

With that being said, Zack is such a good sport.  He puts up with me only cooking poultry dishes (and even enjoys them…most of the time!), but he is still a beef-eater at heart.  Cheeseburgers are one of his all-time favorite foods.

I’d been wanting to make him some cheeseburgers for a long time, but couldn’t justify buying a thing of beef for just one person.  One day, I finally relented and bought a pound of ground beef and low-and-behold, the next day we found out we would be having dinner with his brothers (also avid beef-ers).

I excitedly whipped out this recipe and started getting everything ready to make it.

I have to admit, with all the cheesy goodness and added spices, it does look like a good burger.  I bet this recipe would work well with turkey burgers, too.

The boys really liked the burgers…and I will take their word for it.  I still have no desire to try beef, no matter how pretty it looks.

Did I forget to mention that there is also BACON inside this burger? Yes, this is a manly-man sandwich.

Not bad for a girl who’s never cooked with beef before, huh? 🙂

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Yield: 4 hamburgers

– 1 lb ground beef

– 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

– 1 tablespoon steak seasoning

– 1 tablespoon dried parsley

– 1/2 teaspoon paprika

– 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

– 4 slices bacon, halved and crisply cooked

– 2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered

– salt and pepper to taste

– 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

In a bowl, mix beef, garlic, seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce just until combined.  Form into 8 thin burgers.  Top each of 4 burgers with 2 pieces of bacon and 2 slices of cheese.  add another burger and seal edges.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill burgers over medium heat to desired doneness.

Serve burgers on buns, garnish as desired.

Sloppy Jerky Turkey Joes

I haven’t been feeling very well these past few days, so Zack and I made dinner together last night.  It’s a lot of fun working with him in the kitchen.  Plus it makes things move so much faster!

Consider this entry more of a recipe review.  Although these sloppy joes look really tasty, they were a one time thing.

I really liked that the recipe called for lots of fresh ingredients, but there was just something about the taste that I was not a big fan of.  This recipe was highly recommended to me, though, so I am going to still include the recipe so that you can try it for yourself.

As you can see from the picture, they definitely live up to the ‘sloppy’ part of their names.

Sloppy Jerky Turkey Joes

Prep time: 10 minutes.  Cook time: 15 minutes.  4 servings.

– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

– 2 lbs lean ground turkey

– 1 onion, chopped

– 2 Fresno chile peppers or 1 Anaheim pepper, seeded and finely chopped

– 1 sweet bell pepper, seeded and chopped

– 3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped

– salt and pepper

– 1 tablespoon paprika

– 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated or minced

– 1 teaspoon allspice

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– sprinkle of nutmeg

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

– small handful cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Sauce:

– 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

– 2 tablespoons brown sugar

– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

– 1 lime, juiced

– 1 cup tomato sauce

– 8 whole wheat rolls, split

– chopped scallions, for garnish (optional)

– chopped pickles, for garnish (optional)

– chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When the oil ripples and is hot, add the meat and brown.  Add the onions, chile, bell pepper, garlic, and salt and pepper.  Stir in the paprika, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, and cilantro.  Stir occasionally for 8-10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, and tomato sauce.  Stir the sauce into the turkey mixture.  Simmer for a few minutes, then serve on rolls with a garnish of scallions, chopped pickles, and chopped cilantro.

The water in the turkey when I put it in the hot oil caused quite an eruption.  Hot oil covered my stove, kitchen counters, and my arm.  It kept on popping and spraying everywhere until most of the water was cooked out.  I would recommend browning the turkey then adding some oil to cook the rest of the ingredients in, because that was disastrous.

When I was on my way home from school yesterday, Zack sent me a text message saying he had made me something.  When I got home, this was sitting on the step on our screened in porch.  Isn’t it cute?  He is so sweet.