Thanks to our friend Kita of Girl Carnivore, May has been declared Burger Month, which means we get thirty-one days of amazingly creative burgers. That is right 31 days of meat-filled buns with melty cheese and other unusual toppings. There have been some insanely creative burgers this year, and to be honest we cannot pick just one as a favorite; we are grubbing on all of them. We are kicking off grilling season at Chez Us with this All Beef Cheddar Bacon Burger with Roasted Garlic Ranch. It is insanely amazing too!!
Before I jump right in and tell you about some great prizes, yes prizes, that you can win to kick off your grilling season, I want to talk burgers. To be completely frank we are purests when it comes to burgers. We tend to not put a lot of stuff on our burgers, kind of minimalists. We have this theory, if you are using high-quality meat, you only need minimal seasonings. Same with the cheese and the bread; great ingredients, equals killer burgers. When we are scouting out a good burger, those are the three things we look at first.
This burger broke the rules a bit. Inspired by a strong desire for some good ranch dressing as well as smokey bacon, it has some of this and that. Not to mention a lot of roasted garlic, but not too much, just enough to add some umami to the mix. When I make homemade ranch dressing I usually add fresh garlic but it can tend to be a bit pungent. This time, because I have been on a roasted garlic kick, I roasted some up and added some of the cloves to the dressing, and then I mashed the rest with salt and pepper and mixed into some grass-fed beef. You may be thinking, that is a lot of garlic, but when roasted the flavor is more subtle.
All that is left to make this burger great is some time at the grill, a good fluffy bun and simple toppings such as cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce (yes, it is the best on a burger or as a wedge) and a tomato slice or two. Get ready for a party in your mouth with the first b...