Jalapeño Queso Burgers on Bacon Rolls

Jalapeño Queso Burgers on Bacon Rolls

March 20, 2014


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Guys, it’s spring! It really, really is. And that has me all crazy optimistic. Especially because this new season has SO much awesomeness to look forward to. Chris and I will hopefully be buying a house. This little blog is going to get a sweet redesign. And my sister and brother-in-law are going to have two baby boys (!!!). Best spring ever? I’m pretty much assuming that it will be.

Of course, buying a house means house hunting and that isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be. I mean, it can be fun in some ways, but it’s also a major emotional time suck. I think everyone who’s been through it has confirmed that this is always true. Which is both comforting and uhhh can it just be done already at the same time? I’m both ridiculously picky and insanely indecisive about pretty much everything in my life, so this is really not the best situation for me.  The good news is, we’ve seen several houses that we’ve fallen in love with. The bad news is, there’s always been some deal-breaker with the property. Also, houses in Massachusetts are crazy expensive. Seriously, go on Zillow and search for a house within your budget in MA and then look almost everywhere else in the country. It’s not a pretty sight.

And while I can’t complain too much about my apartment, I’m now constantly dreaming of a kitchen that’s larger than the one I currently have. With a sweet island. Nice appliances. And natural light. Whatever house we eventually end up in must be drenched in natural light. Oh, and a deck. With a grill. But until then… I have my trusty little Le Creuset grill pan. And what does the Le Creuset grill pan do best? Burgers. OK, it grills up a pretty mean salmon, too. But I was seriously craving a burger the other day, so I decided to blend the ground beef with jalapeños and make my own. But then instead of topping with simple slices of cheese, I decided to whip up a queso. And when I realized I didn’t have any hamburger rolls, I figured I’d just have to make my own. With bacon.

Jalapeño Queso Burgers on Bacon Rolls (makes about 5 burgers):
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  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Jalapeños, diced
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar (I used Cabot’s Seriously Sharp)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced

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Bacon Rolls (makes 12):
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  •  2 T active dry yeast
  • 1 C plus warm water
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/8 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T salt
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees

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It’s smart to start with the rolls first. Which means frying up that beautiful bacon!

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Until it’s nice and crispy-licious.

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In a large bowl, combine yeast and water. Let sit for about 5 minutes until mixture becomes frothy.

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Stir in olive oil, sugar, one of the eggs, and the salt.

Using a wooden spoon, gently stir both types of flour in. Dough should be nice and soft; if it’s feeling dry, you can add a bit more warm water in.

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Crumble bacon over the dough.

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On a lightly floured surface, gently knead the dough for about 5 minutes

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Separate the dough into 5 balls and place a couple inches apart from each other on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let sit in a warm spot for 10 minutes. Beat the second egg in a small bowl. Remove towel and lightly brush the tops of the buns with egg.

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And then bake at 425 degrees for 9-12 minutes, until the rolls are looking golden.

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Next up… the queso! I’ve never made queso before, but I knew I wanted it to be super sharp. So I decided to make the queso with Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar and cream cheese. Cabot recently asked me to be on their “Cheese Board,” which means they send me fun packages filled with cheese on occasion. I’m in love.

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Put both cheeses in a medium saucepan over medium heat and gently stir until the cheeses are melted.

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Then stir in half of the diced jalapeños and all of the garlic and tomatoes. Keep warm.

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Last but most certainly not least, prepare the burgers! Simply combine the beef and the rest of the jalapeño pepper and some salt and pepper.

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And form into patties. I made pretty small, fat patties and got five.

Place them on a grill pan or regular pan over medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, until desired doneness.

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Cut bacon rolls in half and place a layer of lettuce on one side.

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Top with a burger.

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And a huge dollop of queso.

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Hello, why don’t you have yourself a seat right next to me?

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I really have no words. But since this is a food blog, I suppose I’d better find them. So… yum?

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But really, these burgers are a dream come true. I pretty much never eat a burger that doesn’t involve cheese, but queso? That’s taking it to a whole new level of awesome. I topped the burger with plenty, so it legit oozed out and packed in tons of sharp cheesy flavor.

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The jalapeño pepper in the burger added a little spicy bite, but wasn’t too hot at all. So, if you’re not a fan of your mouth being on fire, don’t worry. This heat was all flavor.

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Um, I almost forgot to tell you about the bacon rolls. It’s a roll. That has bacon in it. Really. It was the perfect bun for this burger, but is also great warmed up a little and slathered with butter. Kind of like a scone.

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I may or may not have taken a spoon to the leftover queso when I was done eating the burger. You’ll never know (though you can probably guess). Chris deemed this one of the top three burgers he’s ever had… The others being the one he had at db Bistro in Miami and the one I made back in the day for the Four Seasons Boston. I’ll take that rating, for sure.

What’s the best burger you’ve ever had?


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19 Responses to "Jalapeño Queso Burgers on Bacon Rolls"

  1. Ugh, I hear ya on the crazy expensive real estate. It’s pretty ridiculous here in DC too. My bf and I have basically resigned ourselves to living waaaay out in the suburbs when we buy in a couple years. Anyway, these burgers look amazing – I want to face plant in that queso!

  2. Ohhh, I remember house hunting!! It’s definitely a time-consuming, exhausting process, but I promise you it’s SO worth it in the end. Best of luck!!

  3. Shannon says:

    these look off the hook! yum. and i await the day i can afford anything around here 😛

  4. Megan says:

    You had me at bacon rolls!!

  5. I have lived through the MA house-hunting and it is no joke…worth it in the end though!! In the meantime, enjoy that queso!

  6. whoa..delish! i don’t envy you house hunting…we have yet to go through that so i can’t completely relate but sometimes i want to stay in our apartment forever just so we don’t have to a) move and b) decide on something so permanent. gah. but i can’t wait to own our own home..i’m so weird.

  7. My mouth is seriously watering right now! I love everything about this burger, what a genius idea!

  8. I hope you made enough for all of us, because I’m coming over…immediately! Love this fun, yummy take on a classic burger.

  9. Bacon rolls? For a burger? SOLD!

  10. I am with Leah—Bacon rolls with thick juicy gourmet patties on them—SOLD. And homemade rolls to boot. Hang in there with the house hunting although being picky and indecisive is problem no matter how expensive the houses are. I am laughing here as I am teasing you. Good Luck—-

  11. Cheryl says:

    Hi there – I love this recipe and I love the fact that you made your own (bacon!!) rolls!! You make things look so easy. Have fun house-hunting – DO NOT SETTLE… Remember to keep an open mind too cuz you can always renovate later like adding a deck if say a perfect house otherwise doesn’t have one. Cheryl

  12. Um . . did you say bacon rolls? I’m in! I really want a new house. The thing with a house is that once you move in, you’ll find something you don’t like and want to move again.

  13. Tara says:

    Wait how have I never heard of bacon rolls? I am afraid to make bread at home after a whole day of fail but these might make me interested again.

  14. Wait a sec, you made burgers, topped with jalapeno queso, and then plopped them on homemade bacon buns!? Hubba hubba. Is it wrong to crave this for breakfast (the next meal I’ll eat)? Awesome recipe, Sues! I have a feeling once the BF sees this one he’ll be offering to grill up some burgers ASAP.

  15. Odetta says:

    You made a bun with bacon in it??? Talk a out killing 2 birds with one stone!

  16. yes please! They look out of this world. the bun? So creative

  17. Mia says:

    I make jalapeno burgers all the time (well, about 1/3 of the times that I make burgers, which isn’t that frequently). I normally just put some shredded cheddar inside and top with another slice of cheese. But this queso looks amazing – and good for tortilla chips, too! I just made burgers last week so I’m not due for another month or two, but I may NEED to make an exception!

    Also…buying a house. I want to so badly. #sojealous

  18. Wow! All I can say is that I’m now craving a burger. Good luck with all the great stuff going on! Hoping spring weather comes soon.

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