Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wing burgers

I'll give credit where it's due: this is an invention of man weekend. But I'm past the age when girls think boys have cooties, and I definitely don't think that so-called "manly" things like juicy steaks and bourbon (and messy burgers) are reserved for the....stronger sex.



Absolutely not.

So I was excited when my boyfriend made these wing burgers for dinner (he can't always do the dishes) not only because he was making dinner, but because it sounded good. Hearty and beefy, and they taste like chicken (wings).

Here is the method. It's not for the faint of heart (or the health of your heart). And it's definitely not an every-night kind of meal. (unless you're man enough).



Wing burgers
For two:
1 onion, sliced into rings
3 Tbsp butter
6 slices bacon
2 kaiser rolls
1/2 pound ground beef
Frank's Buffalo wing sauce*
Bleu cheese dressing

*Note: Do not use regular Red Hot. Do not use an imposter. This is very important.

First, melt the butter in a medium frying pan over low heat. Add the onions. Cook slowly while you make everything else: they'll get nice and caramelized.

In a cast iron skillet, cook the 6 slices of bacon. Set aside. But don't get rid of your bacon grease! When you remove the bacon from the pan, turn off the heat. Put your rolls, cut-side down, in the pan. They'll get crispy and crusty and delicious.

When the rolls look nice and toasted, set them aside. At this point you can drain any bacon fat that might be left in the pan - but don't worry about cleaning it. Shape two patties from the ground beef and plop them in. Cook over medium heat until browned on both sides (and all the way through).

To assemble:
On the bottom roll, pile on some caramelized onions and the bacon, snapped in half so it fits on the bun. Top with the burger patties. Pour on the  hot sauce (you can never really have too much) and slather on some bleu cheese. Top with the second bun, and devour.

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