Fennel Scented Caramelized Onion Burger with Applewood Smoked Bacon Recipe
Nothing says America like burgers and beer. However, this isn't your typical burger recipe. Ramp up your taste buds a bit with this fennel scented grilled onion and bacon cheeseburger recipe. Pair this burger with a well-balanced American Amber Ale that has just a touch of caramel undertones, and you've got a delicious, subtle twist to an American classic. I'm sure Francis Scott Key was pretty hungry and thirsty after his long night off the coast at Fort McHenry in 1814, watching to see if "our flag was still there."  Celebrate that hunger for freedom and assert your independence from big beer companies by brewing our Rocket's Red Glare recipe. You are rewarded with a tinge of wheat and a flavor that is lush with caramel and toffee undertones, making this beer the perfect accompaniment to your burger with a twist. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ingredients
  • 3 yellow onions
  • 1 small fennel bulb, sliced
  • 2 ½ tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • Cheese
  • Hamburger buns
  • 1 lb Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Kosher Salt and Cracked Black Pepper
  • A few Tbsp water
 Fennel Scented Caramelized Onions 
  • Heat a large frying pan without oil.  Do not use non-stick pan.
  • Cut your onions in half  and slice to create long thin pieces
  • Remove and discard stalks from top of fennel. Cut fennel bulb in half and slice into long thin pieces.
  • When pan is very hot, add onions and fennel.  Begin stirring immediately with heat resistant plastic spatula or metal whisk.  Make sure onions do not stick to bottom.  Continue stirring constantly while maintaining medium/high heat for about five minutes. If onions begin to get too dark add 2 Tbsp water and stir.  When onions are sufficiently browned lower heat to medium/low.  Add 1 Tbsp oil. Continue cooking, stirring for 5 minutes.  Add kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
  • Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with 1 ½ tbs oil and sprinkle kosher salt and cracked black pepper on each side.
  • Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes. Flip over the burgers. Cook until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare, or 3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3. Cook longer for desired level of doneness.
  • If you want cheese, add to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and close the grill cover or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese.
  • While burgers are cooking, fry bacon to desired level of doneness. Cook 2 slices for each burger
  • Once burgers and bacon are done, add any desired condiments to the burgers and top with bacon and your fennel scented onions. Enjoy!