by Annalise of Completely Delicious
Grilling season is here! And I couldn’t be more excited. Warm summer nights are meant for spending time outdoors with friends and family, surrounded by the aroma of barbecue chicken, hot dogs and cheeseburgers.
These burgers are the ultimate summer splurge and may be my favorite burger creation yet. With crispy bacon, homemade guacamole, grilled onions and crumbly Wisconsin cotija cheese piled high, you might have a problem taking that first bite. But in my experience, the messier the burger, the better. Just be sure to have a napkin handy.
Cotija is a cheese that I often buy when I need it for a recipe, usually a Mexican dish. However, once it’s in my fridge I find all sorts of great uses for it – on salads, over our morning eggs, and yes, even on top of burgers. It’s got a wonderful crumbly texture and sharp flavor, so don’t skimp on it in this recipe.
Your Memorial Day weekend definitely requires some grilling, so fire it up and get your taste buds ready! These guacamole bacon burgers with grilled onions and cotija cheese are the perfect way to kick-start your summer.
By Annalise of Completely Delicious
Servings: 6 burgers
For Burger Patties:
2 1/2 pounds 80% lean ground beef
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 avocados, halved and pitted
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup red onion, diced
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño chile, diced
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Pinch freshly ground pepper
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
6 split burger buns
6 slices bacon, cooked and halved
1 cup (4-6 ounces) Wisconsin cotija cheese, crumbled
1 tomato, thinly sliced
Preheat well-seasoned outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Combine ground beef, salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and shape into patties.
For guacamole: smash avocados with fork. Stir in lime juice, diced red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, salt and pepper.
Place burger patties on grill and cook until internal temperature reaches 160°F, about 5 minutes on each side, turning once. While burgers cook, grill onion slices in grilling basket or on sheet of foil, placed directly on grill, about 5 minutes.
To assemble burgers: place patties on bun bottoms and top with grilled onions, bacon, guacamole, cotija cheese, lettuce and tomato. Spread mayonnaise on top bun, if desired. Close burgers and serve immediately.