Burger Time! Bacon Cheeseburgers with a Banana BBQ Sauce

We've all been there.  Dinner creeps up like a great growling beast and you have no plan to tame it.  You take out something from the freezer, hoping for inspiration but instead get desperation as you tick through the recipes and realize that for every one you realize you're missing some vital ingredient.

Such was last night.  I had taken a pound of ground beef out, but the sticking point for nearly everything was my depressing lack of onions.  I mean, I don't know how many recipes combine those two ingredients, but it's a lot.  A lot a lot.  And many of the other ingredients I would use didn't survive the Great Fridge Apocalypse the week before.

So I started gravitating towards burgers despite having no lettuce, and one sad, lonely roma tomato in the crisper.  I was about to go for caprese burgers  when I spied the half-empty jar of banana sauce in the cupboard…

Banana BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Banana BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 347g
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 660 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 9.6g 48%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 1225mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 52.3g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6.6g
Protein 53g 106%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

And…for some reason a BBQ cheeseburger came to mind.  There's only one problem with this – Kat doesn't like BBQ sauce.  Well, she wasn't entirely opposed to the idea, but saying she was trepidacious would be an understatement.  I assured her that This Would Be Different, and that she could approve the sauce before it was committed to burgerdom.  So with her tentative approval I turned to the internet to see what others were doing, but there wasn't much and what there was was rather depressing sounding.

So I forged ahead alone, like that one Maverick in that movie where the hero doesn't know how it's going to end up, or indeed how to get there, but By God he's going.

Anyway, I'm going to keep this to the burgers, since my banana BBQ sauce is here, and it really only makes since to keep that sort of thing in one place.  Note: nutritional data includes BBQ sauce.

I applied the KISS priniciple to the burgers.  I don't think burgers should ever be too 'fussy' since when they go there, they too often become a mish-mash with no distinctive taste.  In this case I chose to mirror the BBQ sauce somewhat to make it a better pairing.  So for one pound of ground beef, I added:

  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons banana sauce
  • a pinch of salt
  • a teaspoon of pepper
  • two cloves garlic
  • 1/4 medium onion

Mix together thoroughly and chill in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes.  Form into 3-4 patties before or after depending on how much space you have in the fridge.

Grill or otherwise cook at your preference.  Personally I'd grill, or as I did last night cook on the stove in a cast-iron grill skillet thingy.

Serve on buns with American chees and bacon – two of each preferentially.

Finally, a few thoughs on bread.  Locally, there's a bakery (La Brea) that makes a 'torte' that is like crack – we have to hide it from the kids or they'll just eat it plain.  In NorCal it's probably at your local Costco.  Basically it's an artisanal-style sandwich roll, and most supermarkets will have some equivalent.  My second choice would be Orowheat's "Crostini" which has a great texture and flavor, and is also HFCS-free.

This all yields 4 burgers (or two ginormous ones)

Shopping list:

  • Banana BBQ Sauce
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • ‚Äč2tsp Banana Sauce (Jufran)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • two cloves garlic
  • 1/4 medium onion
  • 6 strips Bacon!
  • 4 slices American Cheese
  • 4 Rolls