By Chef Peter Webster – Montreal Times
It’s barbecue season again! One of my favourite meals on the bbq is the hamburger. I normally cook up some bacon until crispy and let it drain. In the drippings, I sauté up some diced onion, garlic and fresh mushrooms. I combine all these ingredients with the lean ground beef, add some Montreal steak spice and a dollop of my homemade barbecue sauce and I make an incredible hamburger patty! Placed inside a hamburger bun with a little texture (no air filled white bread buns for me) and I have a meal worth drooling over.
My good friend, Dave Fisher, at CJAD, wanted to know what I would cook up to begin the new barbecue season. What came to mind is an old favourite I discovered during my stay in Calgary. A hamburger emporium offered a wide array of hamburgers including what would become an institution at home. It was mentioned on their menu with a byline that read “don’t laugh until you try it!”. It was called the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger. Now I will say to you, don’t laugh until YOU try it. Afterall, how can you go wrong eating something with peanut butter and bacon – step outside the box, you may just discover a new favourite!
• 2 lbs lean ground beef
• 2 tbsp Montreal steak spice
• 1 lb bacon, cut into 2” strips and cooked, drained and kept warm peanut butter
• 6 buns, preferable onion buns, Kaiser rolls etc
Mix the steak spice into the lean ground beef.
Form 6 patties, making sure the patties are flat and tight around the outside.
With your fingers, make a depression in the centre of the pattie. This helps to keep the pattie flat during cooking. Grill the patties on the barbecue. After the last turn, divide the bacon and place on the patties.
Slice and toast the buns on the upper rack.
Slather the peanut butter on both sides of the toasted bun.
Insert the patty and be ready for a great taste sensation.
Chef’s Tip: Have a napkin ready.