Tuesday, October 14, 2014


1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices of white cheddar cheese
bacon, cooked
tomato, sliced
Habanero ranch sauce
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 habanero pepper, stemmed and seeded
1 clove garlic
1 green onion
dash white vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

Habanero Ranch Sauce: Place all ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth.

Burgers: Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese. Remove patties from grill, serve on bun, topped with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and habanero ranch sauce.

bacon recipe source: Tommy, SMAK: a food blog, September 11, 2014

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