Maple-Bacon & Mustard Burgers

Stemming from my new obsession, "Wahlburgers", here is another burger recipe I concocted while watching the show one night.  The combination of the maple, bacon, and creamy Havarti cheese makes this burger tasty enough for an upscale cookout, and hearty enough for a backyard barbeque!  Read on to find out why...

What You'll Need:
  • 6 tbsp. maple syrup, divided
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 tbsp. stone-ground mustard (I love Plochman's)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4-5 slices Havarti cheese
  • 4-5 Kaiser rolls

1.  In a bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup (4 tbsp.) of syrup, brown sugar, and fresh cracked pepper until incorporated.  Add your bacon to the bowl, and coat with syrup mixture until completely covered.  Transfer slices to a wire rack on top of a baking sheet.  Bake in a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until bacon is cooked through.  If the bacon is still "floppy" after cooked through, that's okay.  If you let it sit on the wire rack and cool, it will stiffen.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, mustard, 2 tbsp. syrup, garlic, Worcestershire, breadcrumbs, onion powder, fresh parsley, and salt and pepper.  Thoroughly incorporate using your hands.  When mixed, form your patties.  Depending on how big you want them, you will have between four and five nice sized burgers.

3.  In a skillet, brown each side of your patties to form a nice crust.  When browned on the outside, transfer to a greased baking sheet (I like to line mine with foil to make for easier clean up) and finish cooking in the oven, until the internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees.  Top with Havarti, and broil for 2 minutes, until cheese has melted.  Transfer your patties to the rolls, and top with the maple bacon.  Enjoy!


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