Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Campfire Burgers

Have you ever used liquid smoke?  Since I don't have the option of a wood chip barbecue or smoker, I love that I have the option of using liquid smoke to impart that smoky flavor without the cost of extra equipment.

But - beware - if you drop the bottle or spill some on your clothes, it'll be months before the smell clears out!

The liquid smoke is incorporated into BOTH the burgers and the sauce on these burgers.

First, make the sauce.  I like to do this a little ahead of time - usually when I'm throwing the buns into the oven to bake.

Three ingredients: mayo, your favorite BBQ sauce (or whatever happens to be on hand), and liquid smoke.

You'll note in the actual recipe below that there is only a tiny amount of liquid smoke in the sauce and burger meat.  Don't worry - a little goes a LONG way.

In the bowl, combine the BBQ sauce,


and liquid smoke.  Whisk everything together until well combined.

Then, make the burgers.

In a large bowl, combine the beef and cheese.

Add the Worcestershire and liquid smoke.

Add the salt and pepper.

And the bacon.

Straight up?  I have no idea what that nit is in the upper frame of the picture below.  I'm sure it looks mega weird (cause I think it does) - but I'm totally sure it's edible.

Mix everything together - don't overmix!  (It'll make the burgers tough) 

Then separate into four pieces and form into patties.

Cook on the grill until cooked through.

Top with campfire sauce and grilled onions.

The bacon, cheese, beef, and liquid smoke all melded together to make harmony - top with that wonderful sauce and you've got yourself one beautiful, smoky, juicy burger!  Just as if you were sitting in front of the campfire.

I've make the sauce for burgers several times since and we even like to dip French fries in it.

I keep coming back to this burger because it's SOOOO good!

Campfire Burgers
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of ground black pepper
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, and 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke until smooth and well combined.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Add the beef, cheddar cheese, bacon, 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, salt, and pepper to a large bowl and mix until well combined.  Don't overwork the meat.
  3. Divide the beef into 4 portions and form into patties.
  4. Cook over medium heat on the grill until cooked through.
  5. Serve topped with campfire sauce, grilled onions, and whatever extra toppings you would prefer.
Source:  Mother Thyme

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