Val's Award Winning Burger

By BBQ Brian of House of Q.  This is the recipe that my sister Val crafted to cook at the Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler in 2011.  She had never competed before in a cooking competition and crafted this amazing burger!  We sincerely are posting about 95% of the recipe we actually cooked in the competition... we are saving a couple of ingredients to keep in our private kitchen.  You can only guess what those are…

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Makes 6 - 8 burgers, depending on how large you like them

  • 2 lbs (900gr) regular ground beef
  • 1 lb (454gr) bacon slices
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely diced
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and grated
  • 1 Tbsp of your favourite BBQ rub
  • pinch  cayenne
  • pinch salt
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced in approx. ¼" thick rounds
  • 6 - 8 slices extra old cheddar
  • 6 - 8 hamburger buns
  • lettuce
  • House of Q Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

Place the ground beef, red pepper, onion, grated apple, BBQ rub, cayenne, and salt in a bowl.  Mix well and form 8 burger patties from the mixture.  Place the patties in the refrigerator with pieces of waxed paper between them, for 30-60 minutes to "set".

Cook the bacon either on your grill on low to medium heat or if you prefer, in a frying pan on your stove. Set aside on paper towels to drain.

Meanwhile, preheat your grill for medium-high heat direct grilling.  Start by searing each of the burgers. Once started, place the apple slices on the grill to cook. 

Once you turn the burger over to sear the other side, brush the burger with Apple Butter BBQ Sauce.  Then top each with grilled apple slices, bacon, and then cheese.  Close the lid of your grill to finish cooking the burger and also to melt the cheese onto the bacon and apple. The burger is done when the internal temperature reaches 160°F/71°C. 

Remove from the grill and place on top of a bun with lettuce and more Apple Butter BBQ Sauce, if desired. Enjoy! 

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