Fresh Food Friday BLT Burger

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It’s going to be hot in Michigan this weekend, and many of us will be sitting outside enjoying the warm weather and firing up the grill. I found this recipe combining two of my favorites — BLT and a grilled burger. Try this BLT burger from delish.com while you are outside enjoying this little taste of an early summer!

BLT Burger

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bacon slices, halved
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 T. finely chopped chives
  • Lettuce, for serving
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced

Directions

Bacon: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a baking rack inside of a baking sheet (to help catch grease). Make a bacon weave: On the baking rack, line 3 bacon halves side-by-side. Lift one end of the middle bacon slice and place a fourth bacon half on top of the side pieces and underneath the middle slice. Lay the middle slice back down. Next, lift the two side strips of bacon and place a 5th bacon half on top of the middle piece and underneath the sides. Lay the side slices back down. Finally, lift the other end of the middle slice and place a 6th slice on top of the side pieces and underneath the middle slice. Repeat to make a second weave. Season with pepper and bake until bacon is crispy, 25 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to blot grease. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

Burgers: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Shape ground beef into large patties and season both sides with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked to your liking, about 4 minutes per side for medium.

Herb mayo: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, and chives.

Assemble burgers: For each burger, place a bacon weave on the bottom then spread it with some herb mayo. Top with burger, lettuce, tomato and remaining bacon weave. Serve immediately.

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