Bacon Burgers with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce

Instead of making a simple burger, chef and cookbook author Suvir Saran mixes ground beef chuck with bacon, scallions, mint and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for stellar flavor.

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  • Servings: 8
KEY: Grilling/Barbecuing, Barbecue/Cookout, Father's Day, Game Day, American, Burgers, Fast

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  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 jalapeños, chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound bacon, minced (1 cup)
  • 6 scallions, white and light green parts only, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Canola oil, for brushing
  • 8 toasted hamburger buns
  • Sliced tomatoes and onions, lettuce, ketchup, mustard and Sriracha, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a food processor, puree the yogurt, jalapeños, cilantro, ginger, onion, sugar and 1 teaspoon of the salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix the ground beef with the bacon, scallions, mint, cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, black pepper, cayenne and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Form into eight 1-inch-thick patties.
  3. Heat a cast-iron griddle and brush with oil. Cook the burgers over moderate heat, turning once, until charred outside and medium within, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Spread some of the yogurt sauce on the bottom buns, top with the burgers and layer with toppings. Close the burgers and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, concentrated Malbec.

Contributed By Photo © Jonathan Lovekin Published July 2014

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