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Caramelized Beer-Onion and Bacon Burgers

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Caramelized Beer-Onion and Bacon Burgers
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  • Prep 1 hr 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4
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Enjoy this beer-onion burger featured with bacon, ground beef and lettuce – a cheesy dinner!
Updated Jul 10, 2012

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drippings reserved
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 lb)
  • 1 bottle (12 oz) pilsner style beer
  • 1 1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices (about 3/4 oz each) Cheddar or American cheese
  • 8 leaves red leaf lettuce or red romaine lettuce
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 kaiser rolls or crusty rolls, split

Steps

  • 1
    In 10-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened.
  • 2
    Reserve 1/2 cup of the beer. Stir remaining beer into onions. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden and liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. Cool.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, roughly chop 4 slices of the cooked bacon; set aside. Roughly chop half of the onion mixture; stir into chopped bacon.
  • 4
    In medium bowl, stir chopped onion and bacon mixture into beef. Add salt and pepper. Shape beef mixture into 4 large patties, thinner at center and thicker at edges for even cooking.
  • 5
    In 10-inch skillet, heat remaining bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Add patties; cook 8 minutes for medium-rare, 10 minutes for medium, 12 minutes for medium-well, turning once. After turning, add reserved 1/2 cup beer to burgers, then top burgers with cheese. Cover skillet to melt cheese.
  • 6
    Place burgers on bun bottoms; top with lettuce leaves, tomato slices, and remaining caramelized onions. Cut remaining 4 slices bacon in half; crisscross 2 pieces on top of onions on each burger, and cover with tops of buns.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Make the onions up to a week ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and heat just before serving.

Nutrition

620 Calories, 35g Total Fat, 46g Protein, 30g Total Carbohydrate, 5g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Burger
Calories
620
Calories from Fat
310
Total Fat
35g
53%
Saturated Fat
14g
71%
Trans Fat
2g
Cholesterol
145mg
49%
Sodium
1090mg
46%
Potassium
700mg
20%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
Sugars
5g
Protein
46g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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