Warning: what you’re about to see might frighten you, but I encourage you to continue reading. Because, despite what common sense might be telling you, these are good. Really good.
Growing up, whenever we’d have BLTs for dinner, I used to have a piece of toast slathered with peanut butter and topped with bacon (granted, it was always turkey bacon in my mom’s house). I know it sounds a little weird, but it’s the ultimate if you’re a fan of sweet and salty like I am. It dawned on me that this would be equally good — if not better — on a burger. So, that’s what I did. And it did not disappoint.
Sweet and Savory Peanut Butter Bacon Burgers (serves 4)
What you need:
(for the burgers)
- 1.5 pounds ground sirloin
- 1 teaspoon (about 6 sprigs) fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 small shallot, very finely minced
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons grill seasoning
- 4 hamburger buns, toasted
- 4 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 4 slices of thick-cut bacon, cooked until crispy
How you do it:
- In a large bowl, gently combine all the the burger ingredients (sirloin through grill seasoning) until well mixed. Form into 4 equally-sized patties that are about an inch or so in thickness.
- On a preheated grill (I used charcoal), cook burgers for approximately 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your desired doneness. (4 minutes per side should get you about medium depending on how hot your grill is.) Remove burgers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes so the juices redistribute.
- To assemble, top each burger with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a slice of bacon (that’s been halved and laid on the top of the burger like an X) and sandwich it between the toasty buns.