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Friday, September 2, 2011

Chili Bacon Cheese Burgers

It sadden's me to say this, but Labor Day weekend is what most people consider the LAST BIG weekend of summer...me on the other hand, will be holding on to the hope that SUMMER LASTS for some time still. Regardless of whether its your last big summer weekend or not...you can still use the outside grill for a bit longer regardless of whether the sun is out or the leaves fall... therefore you can MAKE these BURGERS again and again and again. They are a little mix of summer (hence the "grilling" part) and a little bit" fallish" (hence the chili part)...Its a people pleasing meal no matter how you look at it. My daughter thought I was a little out of my mind when I put "Chili" on a burger... (you put it on hot dogs, so why not a burger?!) BUT she was LOVING each and every bite as she gobbled it down! I can't wait to make these burgers again before the snow flies! THESE dandy burgers are a MUST TRY!

Chili Bacon Cheese Burgers
1 lb ground beef
Shape into 4-5 hamburger patties.
Top with a dash of:
onion powder
garlic powder
season salt
4 shakes of liquid smoke, optional (spread around burger so that the top is covered)
Grill burgers on your outside barbecue grill until they are done.

1 can chili, warmed

1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/2 brick processed cheese (Velvetta or something like it)
1/4 c. milk

5 onion hamburger buns (in the Deli section of your store...not a must, any bun will do, but these are very tasty!)

1 red onion, sliced

Bacon Cheese Sauce:
Cut 1/2 brick Velvetta Cheese into small cubes. Place in a microwave safe dish. Add 1/4 c. milk and stir. Microwave on high for 1:30 minutes then stir, continue to cook and stir every 30 seconds until cheese is melted and forms a sauce (if you like your cheese sauce thinner, add more milk...but we like ours a little thicker...don't add more milk until after its all done and you can see that you are going to want yours thinner). When cheese sauce is done, add cooked, crumbled bacon and stir until well mixed.

Burger assembly:
Place burger on onion bun. Top with warmed chili, add bacon cheese sauce, sliced red onion, tomato and lettuce if desired. ENJOY!!


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