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Baby BLT Burgers

Forget the "bigger is better" burger mentality. With these high-impact baby burgers, the new perspective is "the more the merrier!"

Baby BLT Burgers


Recipe courtesy of Cuisine at Home
 
Seems like every casual restaurant features baby burgers. What's the allure? Presentation of a big plate of little burgers is cool; they're the perfect size for kids, and adults can eat two without shame; but mostly, they're just plain fun!
 
Here are a few key tips. Buy cocktail buns from your grocer's bakery - this will determine the size of the burgers. Use roma tomatoes (one slice is a perfect fit). For big-time flavor, be sure to add cooked bacon to the seasoned ground beef. And finally, the pimiento cheese: If you've never had it on a burger, get ready for a real treat.
 
Makes 8 baby burgers
Total time: 40 minutes
 
 
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 You must cook the bacon before mixing with the ground beef—otherwise, it’ll be rubbery.
 

For the pimiento cheese

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar, shredded
  • 1 jar sliced pimientos, drained (2 oz.)
  • Salt to taste
 
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 Use a biscuit cutter that's slightly larger than the bun to shape and press burgers to a consistent size.
 

For the burgers

  • 1/2 lb. thick-sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground chuck
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 cocktail rolls, halved horizontally (2 1/2")
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Roma tomato slices
 
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 Grill burgers, then assemble on buns with lettuce and slices of Roma tomato.

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Blend mayonnaise, Cheddar, pimientos, and salt for the Pimiento Cheese in a food processor. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Saute bacon for the burgers in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.
  4. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, cool slightly, then mix with ground chuck, salt, and pepper.
  5. Gently shape meat into patties slightly larger than the bun to allow for shrinkage, then grill to medium-well, about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Just before burgers are done, place buns on burgers to heat through.
  7. Assemble with lettuce, tomatoes, and Pimiento Cheese.
 
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 Dollop a spoonful of pimiento cheese on each tomato - it adds a little tanginess to the burger.
 
Per 2 burgers: 840 calories; 66% calories from fat; 62g total fat; 24g carb.; 1072mg sodium; 2g fiber; 47g protein