Double-Bacon Burgers with Maple-Worcestershire Onions

Aired January 31, 2012

Serves 4
12 slices good-quality smoky bacon, divided
EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion
Coarse salt and coarse black pepper
1/2 cup cloudy apple cider
1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 pounds ground beef sirloin
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
8 large, thin slices Gruyre or sharp cheddar cheese
4 brioche buns, sliced

Preheat oven to 375F. Arrange 8 slices of bacon on a broiler pan and bake until crisp, 12-15 minutes. Finely chop the remaining bacon.

In a skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the butter to melt. Add the onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 15 minutes. Add the cider, syrup and Worcestershire, and simmer at a rapid but controlled bubble, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the beef, chopped bacon, mustard and lots of pepper. Form into 4 patties that are thinner at the center than at the edges for even cooking. Drizzle with EVOO and season with salt. Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook for 5 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side for medium doneness. In the last minutes or so, top each burger with 2 slices of cheese to melt.

Serve the burgers on the buns, each topped with 2 slices of crisp bacon and some of the maple onions.

Serve the burgers with watercress or baby spinach salad alongside.

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