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Bacon and Goat Cheese Aioli Burger with Crispy Onions from The Food Chatrlatan
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Bacon and Goat Cheese Aioli Burger with Crispy Onions

This juicy lemon aioli burger is topped with goat cheese, bacon, crispy onion strings, and a killer bun. It's a gourmet burger recipe that's perfect for any summer grilling get-togethers!

Ingredients

For the aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the burger:

  • 1 & 1/2 pounds ground beef, I used 80/20
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped

For the crispy onion strings:

  • 1 whole large onion
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 quarts canola oil

To assemble:

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon
  • 4 Million Dollar Buns, they are killer! (sorry I can't stop myself)
  • butter, softened

Instructions

  • Prep the onions. Slice the onion into very thin rings. Use a mandoline if you have one. Place the sliced onions into a baking dish and cover with buttermilk. Set aside for an hour.
  • Make the aioli. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, zest, lemon juice, Dijon, 1 clove garlic, and salt and pepper. Don't add too much lemon juice or it will be too runny to stay on the burger. Throw it in the fridge.
  • Form the burgers next. In a medium bowl use your hands to combine ground beef, red wine, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt, pepper, garlic, and green onions. Form into 4 patties at least 4-5 inches across. Press the centers of the patties down so that the hamburgers don't get too thick in the middle when you grill them. See the how-to photos on this post if you're feeling lost. Set the hamburgers aside on a plate.
  • Cut the bacon in half and cook until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
  • Heat 1-2 quarts oil (depending on the size of your pan) over medium-high heat (375 F) in a high-sided skillet.
  • Combine the 2 cups flour, salt, cayenne, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Drain the buttermilk-soaked onions and add them to the flour, making sure they all get coated. When the oil is hot, add the coated onions, doing several batches. Stir them around so they don't stick together. When they are golden brown, remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining onions. You will probably have extra onions. I'M NOT SORRY.
  • Heat your grill to medium heat. Cook the burgers for 3-5 minutes, then flip. Spread 1 ounce of softened goat cheese on each burger, then cook for another 3 minutes or so, or until they are as done as you want them.
  • Butter the cut sides of the Million Dollar Buns. Place on the grill and cook for 1-2 minutes until the buttered sides are crispy.
  • Assemble the burgers: Bun, aioli, burger, goat cheese, bacon, onions. Add more aioli for good measure.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 burger, Calories: 1093 kcal, Carbohydrates: 78 g, Protein: 54 g, Fat: 61 g, Saturated Fat: 25 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24 g, Trans Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 171 mg, Sodium: 3417 mg, Potassium: 870 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 9 g, Vitamin A: 622 IU, Vitamin C: 3 mg, Calcium: 308 mg, Iron: 9 mg