The "Hot Mess" Burger

February 2011

by 20 people

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Bust out the napkins! A tangy, five-ingredient sauce and swee tpotato fries put this year's Burger Bash contest winner over the top.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 10 mins

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 3/4 cup thousand island dressing
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickles
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 - 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Salt
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 deli rolls, split and toasted
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 20 ounce bag  frozen sweet potato fries, prepared according to package directions
  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp; transfer to a plate to drain. In a small bowl, stir together the dressing, pickles, onion and jalapenos. Crumble in the bacon.
  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Form the ground beef into 4 patties and season with salt. Add the patties to the grill and cook, turning once, for about 10 minutes for medium-rare. During the last few minutes of cooking, top the burgers with 2 slices of cheese each.
  3. Divide the burgers among the roll bottoms and spoon the dressing on top. Pile high with the lettuce and fries and cover with the roll tops.