Jalapeno Bacon BBQ Burgers

Sometimes I go into making dinner with a full meal plan and recipe in mind. Other times it’s after 4pm and I have a craving an idea. This meal, is one of those nights come to fruition. Juicy hamburgers sprinkled with jalapenos throughout, topped with caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and dripping with barbeque sauce. It was a craving that just could not be ignored….and what kind of wife and mother would I be to deny my family bacon and burgers?? Probably the divorced kind. (That’s a joke. Although I did serve my husband turkey bacon ONE TIME in our marriage and he still brings it up to this day, so bacon just may be the glue that holds this family together. Again, kidding. Sort of…)

First slice your onions and dice your jalapenos. I did half an onion, but next time I would do more. They will cook down and I greatly underestimated how much my family would want them! I failed to get a picture, but this is a good time to start your bacon. I put mine into a cold oven and set it 410° until crispy (about 10-15 minutes)

My kids aren’t big on spicy, so I stayed on the side of mild for these. I sliced and seeded 2 jalapenos and then gave them a dice. Removing the seeds cuts back on the spiciness.

To caramelize the onions, I put a pat of butter in a skillet over medium low-low heat. Just let this work it’s magic while you are making the burgers. As it cooks, stir it every so often to prevent burning. It will take some time, but be patient. Low and slow is the way to go (that may end up on my tombstone one day).

For the burgers I went simple.
*1 lb ground beef
*2 diced jalapenos
*1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
*1/2 Tbsp onion powder
*1/2 Tbsp paprika
*salt and pepper

I didn’t add an egg or any binder, so you can see later that they were a little fragile. If you choose to add an egg and 1/2 C almond flour to help hold them together, feel free to do that!

Once your meat mixture is thoroughly combined, patty them out. I like to make palm-sized balls and then flatten them out as I add each one into a skillet over medium high heat.

Cook your burgers on one side until brown. As you flip them, spread some barbeque sauce on the cooked side. As they finish cooking on the other side, top with cheese and let it melt over the barbeque sauce.

Toasted buns, crispy bacon, caramelized onion, some spring mix, and a drizzle of sweet barbeque sauce bring this dish to the next level. Your burger game will never be the same after you make these, and your family won’t want it any other way!

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