Food From the Fandoms – Dean’s Bacon Cheeseburgers

Two of my favorite people in the world got married last weekend!  I’m very excited for them.  Like, very excited. Only part of that excitement is based on the fact that their wedding is going to be at my favorite winery.  So, wine + wedding

Like me, they are super geektastic, so my goal is to create a geek themed cookbook called “Food From the Fandoms”.  I’m so clever.  Unfortunately, I was not able to get it done in time for their wedding.  But, honestly, people should know by now to expect my awesome gifts a month late.  So, I am going to continue working on this  and send it to them as soon as it’s finished and printed.  The plus side is, now that I’m not rushing, I have time to add commentary and actually create all the recipes rather than just use some I found online.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been writing a lot of my own recipes, but for filler I was just finding cool ones online.

I figured I’d start you off with a recipe from my current marathon, Supernatural.

 

Supernatural

If you don’t know anything about Supernatural, it’s about two hot brothers who hunt monsters and pretend to reject emotion but end up having more “tell me what you’re feeling” conversations than I have had in my entire life.  I accept the fact that I am like the worst female ever and that is a factor in why I have not had so many of these conversations, but seriously guys.  Get a grip and stop being drama queens.

Sam and Dean, respectively.

Sam and Dean, respectively.

See?  HOT.  That’s kind of the purpose of the show, two hot guys running around goofing off and talking about their feelings.  It’s very fangirly and I love it.

Dean is my favorite.  He’s the older brother.  He’s the one on the right in the photo.

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Dean loves to eat.  It’s kind of this thing.   And he’s so stinking cute when he does it:

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(Every time I look at that gif, I giggle.  It is making it difficult to remain productive.)

His diet consists mostly of pie and bacon cheeseburgers.

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So, I figured I’d start out my “Food From the Fandoms” posts with a bacon cheeseburger recipe inspired by the devilishly handsome, Mr. Dean Winchester.  (That’s funny if you’ve seen the show.  Dean’s not the devilish one.  Silly, Czaja.)

Anyhow.  So, here is my recipe for Dean’s Double Bacon Cheeseburgers.

Ingredients:

1 lb. 80/20 Ground Beef or Ground Chuck

3 tablespoons Montreal Steak Spice (eg McCormick’s)

2 tablespoon garlic powder

2 tablespoon onion powder

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 lb thick-cut bacon

¼ cup Bacon Spice (yes, bacon spice.)

4 Slices Sharp Cheddar cheese

4 large Kaiser Rolls

Butter

Preferred Burger Toppings (eg. Lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mayo, mustard, catchup)

 

Directions:

  1. Heat a pan for the bacon on medium high. Once pan is warmed, add bacon and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Season bacon with pepper (preferably fresh cracked) and bacon spice, liberally. ¼ cup of bacon spice will be used on the whole pound of bacon. (NOTE: the recipe for bacon seasoning is going to produce more than ¼ cup. Store the rest in a jar with a tight fitting lid or a zip lock for future bacon deliciousness.)
  3. While bacon is cooking, heat up your grill, griddle, or skillet for the burgers.
  4. Allow bacon to cook 4-5 minutes and then flip and cook for 4-5 minutes more. Bacon should be extra crisp, but not burnt. (You may adjust doneness to taste.) Set cooked bacon aside on a paper towel to drain.
  5. In a large bowl, add ground beef with onion powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Montreal steak spice, and Worcestershire sauce. Combine with your hands to evenly distribute.
  6. Form 4 large hamburger patties. Make a slight well in the center to prevent an odd shape developing. Salt and pepper top and bottom of burgers.
  7. Add burgers to hot grill. Cook for 6-7 minutes on both sides until desired temperature is nearly reached.
  8. Top burgers evenly with bacon. Each one should get at least 4 slices, depending on how many slices were eaten prior to this point.
  9. Cover bacon with a slice of cheese and cover with a pan lid until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Slice rolls and butter inside of top and bottom. Place butter side down on grill or griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes or until toasted.
  11. Place burgers on toasted rolls. Top with preferred toppings, or add nothing else (as Dean would).

 

I love bacon cheeseburgers.  Which is terrible for me.  Especially since I spent a few years of my youth as a vegetarian.  I’ve fallen so far.  But, I think Dean approves of this recipe.

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See?  Approval.

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