Burger with Smoked Gouda, Bacon, and Peach Relish

This is, hands down, my biggest kitchen-win in awhile! We LOVED this burger. The smoked gouda was such an outstanding flavor and the peach added the right sweetness. The pretzel bun was just the icing on the cake!
The Three Bite Rule - Burger with Smoked Gouda & Peach Relish

Gouda, Bacon, and Peach Burgers (for 2)

Ingredients:

2 burgers
2 pretzel buns
3 strips of bacon
1 peach
1/4 white onion (or red onion)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
salt & pepper
2 slices smoked gouda
Dijon mustard, optional

Directions:

Preheat the grill (or grill pan) for burgers and form the meat into patties.
Cut the bacon in half and pan fry until crisp then drain.
Dice the peach and onion pretty small, and mix with the oil, vinegar, thyme, and a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Shoot for a 2:1 ratio of peach to onion.
The Three Bite Rule - Burger with Smoked Gouda & Peach Relish
Refrigerate until serving, while the burgers cook.
Grill the burgers until desired internal temperature. Mine was pork, Mr. J’s was beef. Top with the gouda and give ~2 minutes for it to melt – it needs longer than some other cheeses.
Slice the buns and cut off some of the bun if it is too big for the burgers.
Spread some dijon mustard onto the buns, put the burger and melted gouda on, then top with bacon, then lastly with the peach relish.
The Three Bite Rule - Burger with Smoked Gouda & Peach Relish
This was suchhh a fantastic combo. I’m peach/nectarine obsessed during the last of the fresh peaches this year. The smoked gouda had a really dominant and outstanding flavor. It makes me want to use it for burgers again! I thought about grilling peach slices but thought this would be easier to eat. The little one ate the same thing but I just put the peach relish on the side. We cut out some of his pretzel bun too for ease of dicing and him eating.

This quick relish would be really good on a pork tenderloin, or a grilled portobello, or on a white fish- maybe tilapia.

Caprese Burger

This burger screams summer – as do my flourishing basil plants in the garden! Some critter is munching our tomatoes but the basil on this is home grown! The mozzarella gets melty with a perfect stretchy-gooeyness. I like the hot burger ontop of a cool tomato and plenty of basil for freshness and a touch of creamy yet tart balsamic mayo.

The Three Bite Rule - Caprese Burger
I thought about a drizzle of balsamic reduction but went the easy route with some balsamic mayo.

Caprese Burger for 2

Ingredients:

2 burger patties
2 burger buns
2 tablespoons mayo
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
2 tomato slices
2 slices of fresh mozzarella
~6 pieces of fresh basil

Directions:

Preheat the grill and form the burger patties. Then grill the burgers to your desired cook.
Mix together the mayo & balsamic.
Slice the buns, tomato, and mozzarella.
Toast the buns for the last minute the burgers cook and add the cheese on top of each burger until it melts.
Assemble with tomato on the bottom, then the burger, then basil and a spread of the balsamic mayo on the top bun.

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I loved this and think it’d be great as a chicken sandwich too. I might even have enough basil for a small batch of pesto. That’d be so great on a caprese burger too!

Ultimate Mexican Burger

This Mexican burger pulls out all the stops. Happy Birthday Burger Mr. J! The burger gets amped up with chorizo, queso, guac, and beans. I’be been saving this idea for awhile and it was perfect to plan for this one when I knew we’d have some taco leftovers!
The Three Bite Rule - Ultimate Mexican Burger

Ultimate Mexican Burger

Ingredients: (for 2 burgers)

1 link chorizo sausage
1/2 pound ground meat
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
2 tablespoons refried beans
3 tablespoons guacamole
3 tablespoons salsa con queso
lettuce
2 rolls

Directions:

Mix together the ground meat and the chorizo and form into patties. Sprinkle half of the taco seasoning on before grilling the burgers. Grill until cooked to your liking.
While the burgers are cooking, warm the queso and the refried beans.
After taking the burgers off the grill, sprinkle with remaining taco seasoning.
Spread the beans onto the bottom bun, then add lettuce, burger, queso, and spread the guacamole onto the top bun.
The Three Bite Rule - Ultimate Mexican Burger Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Burger Mr. J!

Here’s the history of the Birthday Burgers:
2016 it was a Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger topped with bacon, onions, and tomato.
2015 it was a Picnic Burger with slaw & potato sticks
2014 it was a German Burger with horseradish, caramelized onions, pickles and a pretzel roll
2013 it was a Vermont Burger with maple mayo, cheddar, bacon, and spinach
2012 it was a Bacon Wrapped Burger
2011 it was a Stuffed Burger stuffed with bacon & cheddar or bacon & blue cheese

Cheeseburger Potato Skins

These cheeseburger potato skins were so fun, especially for a drizzly evening when grilling wouldn’t have been ideal. Mark these down for the next time you have just a liiiitle ground meat and want to make a meal for three out of one burger’s worth. The little one is obsessed with “helping cook” so we made these together. Plus, I taught him to say garnish, so there’s that.
The Three Bite Rule - Cheeseburger Potato Skins

Cheeseburger Potato Skins (meal for 3, or appetizer for 5-6)

Ingredients:

3 potatoes
1/4 pound ground beef/turkey/chicken
1 tablespoon hamburger seasoning (don’t buy this, I had a packet to use up, otherwise it is: onion powder; paprika; garlic powder; black pepper; dried basil)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
pickle slices for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400-degrees, and preheat a medium skillet.
Cook the potatoes until cooked through. (I microwaved mine for 5 minutes.)
Scoop out the insides of the potatoes, leaving about a 1/4 inch thick edge from the skin to the inside.
Brush with the olive oil & spices, then broil for 5 minutes (until crisp).
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Whisk together the ketchup, mustard, and worcestershire sauce.
The Three Bite Rule - Cheeseburger Potato Skins
Cook the ground meat until no-longer pink in the skillet, then add in the sauce. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 3 minutes or so.
Remove the tray of potato skins and sprinkle in a little cheese, then spoon the meat mixture in.
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Top with more cheese & bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with pickles.
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Serve & enjoy!

These were fun bun-less burger, fit for inside eating. It is a tricky line of cooking food we’re all going to eat together while the little one’s has time to cool (usually a turbo cool in the freezer) while ours remains hot. Serve with a salad and poof, dinner’s done.

I’m looooving cooking with the little one. I did have to send him to tell Daddy “5 minutes” so I could quiiiiickly snap a pic before getting the hot pan out of reach. He loves spoons, spatulas, and the like. Sometimes his “helping cook” is to hold this unused, uncooked potato while I’m yielding a knife, but whatevs. He ate all the tomato out of our salad bowl which was kind of funny.

Bahn Mi Burgers

Eeeee! I’m so excited. This was such a fun burger and exactly what I needed to get back into my cooking groove. I seriously haven’t made anything interesting in weeks. It’s been all no-thought-required-meals…until now…I flavored the meat, mixed up a sauce, and topped these with cucumbers, avocado, and cilantro. They were so fun! Albeit, not authentic, but delicious nonetheless.

The Three Bite Rule - Bahn Mi Burger

Bahn Mi Burgers

Ingredients: (for 3 burgers)

3/4 pound ground pork
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup mayo
1 tablespoon sriracha (or more, to taste)
1 teaspoon Italian dressing
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro + 2-3 sprigs of cilantro leaves
3 burger buns
cucumber, sliced thin
avocado, sliced thin

Directions:

Mix together the pork, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, salt & pepper.
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Form patties and heat the grill and cook the burgers.
Stir together the mayo, sriracha, salad dressing, and chopped cilantro.
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Chill the sauce until serving.
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Top the burgers with avocado, cucumber, cilantro leaves, and sriracha mayo.
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Enjoy!
The Three Bite Rule - Bahn Mi Burger

I loved this burger! I made them with pork since a) I don’t eat red meat and b) it is more reminiscent of a bahn mi and c) it can be easier to have all the same since I was seasoning the meat. I kept the sauce pretty mellow since we don’t eat tons of heat, and the little one was “helping” me cook so I wanted him to taste it. He ate some…not so impressed with cilantro but biting a bunch plain might be weird for anyone ;)

This would be great with pickled veggies, a la bahn mi. I took a simpler route but go forth!

Fall Flavors Burger with Pork, Pear, & Sage

This fall burger is so fun with diced pear & sage in a ground pork burger. I thought about a grilled cheese with pear and sage and then I decided to make it in to a burger and figured pork would be perfect. It was so perfect for a fall evening.

The Three Bite Rule - Fall Pork Burger with Pear & Sage

Ingredients:

1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pear
5-6 sage leaves
ground black pepper & salt

Directions:

Mix together the pork, pear, and sage.
The Three Bite Rule - Fall Pork Burger with Pear & Sage
Form into patties and grill or pan-sear.
The Three Bite Rule - Fall Pork Burger with Pear & Sage
Be sure took cook through. Then top with lettuce, mustard, mayo, and lettuce.
The Three Bite Rule - Fall Pork Burger with Pear & Sage
Enjoy!

I wanted to be sure not to over do it on the sage. It is a strong flavor to me. I loved the raw pear that cooks slightly for a softness. I liked this one and might still make the grilled cheese version too!

 

Tailgater Topped Burger

This tailgater burger was so fun. I was in a rut of not cooking anything new or inspired but this baby woke me up. We’re talking pub cheese, beer braised onions, cheeto dust, and pickles. So delicious. I’m no tailgater, but the snack-ish quality made me think of tailgating.
The Three Bite Rule - Tailgater Burger

Ingredients: (for 2 burgers)

1/4 pound burgers & potato rolls
1 yellow onion
1 cup beer
2 tbs cheddar pub cheese
~1 cup cheetos
pickles

Directions:

Slice the onion into even and thin wedges.
Gently saute the onions over medium low heat to translucent and to gently caramelize. Then add half the beer and let cook for about 8-10 minutes. Preheat the grill as well.
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Add in a bit more beer as needed (I used about 3/4 cup total). Remove from the heat to serve.
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Grill the burgers, cooking to your liking.
In a food processor (I used a coffee grinder!)
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Top the burgers with pickles, onions, cheeto dust, and a smear of pub cheese onto the bun.
The Three Bite Rule - Tailgater Burger
I loved the spread of cheese and the onion, ohh the onions. I need these in my life more often. I thought the pickle was 100% necessary. Mr. J thought it overpowered the toppings. To each his/her own. The cheeto crust was really for fun to amp up the snack-quality. I’d totally be into these again. The onions are easy to make and could be made in advance.

California Burger

I know. Long time no see. I honestly haven’t cooked anything worth blogging. I’ve been capitalizing on the fast-cooking, low-oven use dinners that can be on the table fast and easy. There are always a few burgers on my list and I threw this one together to feature avocado, lots of herbs, and a zippy sauce like In-N-Out. Let’s preface with the fact that I’ve never been to In-N-Out but apparently the sauce is pretty fab and there are 1,000 versions so I whipped one up.

The Three Bite Rule - Cali Burger
Our herb garden is going hard-core so I chopped up a whole bunch for these to keep the burgers feeling fresh. The sterotypical choice would be avocado, red onion, and sprouts but I’m not so into sprouts and I really wanted to pickle some red onions, but not enough to make a trip to the grocery store just for those.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup mayo
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon relish
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
sprinkle salt
sprinkle salt
2 burger rolls
~1/2 pound ground meat (I used pork, Mr. J used beef)
1/2 white onion
1 tablespoon fresh herbs chopped each (I used chives, lemon thyme, oregano, & par-cel)
2 slices white cheddar
lettuce
avocado

Directions:

Mix together the sauce: mayo, sour cream, yellow mustard, relish, vinegar, wocestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Then let it hang in the fridge until serving.
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Chop the onion & herbs and add to the meat with some salt & pepper.
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Form into patties and preheat the grill or grill pan.
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Serve the burgers with lettuce, avocado, and plenty of sauce!

These were great. They were totally herby and the sharp cheddar was a good contrast to the sweet almost-thousand-island-dressing. I liked how much flavor the burgers had and I love the slight crunch onion still has while cooking mixed into the burger.

The Three Bite Rule - Cali Burger

Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger

Ohh yes I did. Mr. J’s birthday burger was a Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger! I’ve tried in the past making fried mac & cheese fritter to top a burger with, but haven’t had luck keeping it together. Stuffing it was a success! We topped them with bacon jam, caramelized onions, and sliced tomato.

The Three Bite Rule - Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger

Ingredients:

1 box prepared mac & cheese (w/ butter & milk. There will be extra, also known as a side)
1/2 pound ground meat (I used ground pork for mine & ground beef for Mr. J’s)
1 slice of cheddar (or shredded)
buns
suggested toppings: caramelized onions, bacon/bacon bits/bacon jam, tomato slices

Directions:

Prepare the Mac & Cheese according to your package. Then refrigerate at least 10 minutes stirring a few times to cool it down.
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Divide the meat into 2 halves and form the ground meat into a ball for each burger. Pull off about 1/3 to become the “cover”. Form the remainder of each into a patty.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of mac & cheese onto the center of each patty.

The Three Bite Rule - Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger
Add some extra sliced or grated cheese.
The Three Bite Rule - Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger
Place the remaining ground meat ontop and pinch with the edges of the patty. Work it with your hands to really connect the top to the patty. Form it into a ball and then flatten a bit.
Grill to cook through. The meat is thin but you want to be sure the meat cooks all the way through without any raw meat amongst the mac & cheese.
Enjoy!
The Three Bite Rule - Mac & Cheese Stuffed Burger
This was a fun one. It definitely felt unusual and like a good choice for a birthday burger. The little one got a head-start on dinner but then I gave him some mac and cheese when we were eating and he loved it! I mean, who doesn’t, but like father like son!

Happy Birthday Burger Mr. J!

Here’s the history of the Birthday Burgers:
2015 it was a Picnic Burger with slaw & potato sticks
2014 it was a German Burger with horseradish, caramelized onions, pickles and a pretzel roll
2013 it was a Vermont Burger with maple mayo, cheddar, bacon, and spinach
2012 it was a Bacon Wrapped Burger
2011 it was a Stuffed Burger stuffed with bacon & cheddar or bacon & blue cheese

Ramen Burger

Get. Ready. For. This.

I made the ramen burger and it was AWESOME! Yes! SHOUTING! It was so great! Yay! The crispy ramen buns stayed together and had the perfect toasted sesame flavor. The burgers had green onions and teriyaki. So good.
The Three Bite Rule - Ramen Burger
When I started thinking about a) I haven’t blogged in forever and b) what should the come-back meal be? I went high! RA-MEN BURG-ER. This video/tutorial is the best.

Ramen Burgers for 2

Ingredients:

2 packages Chicken ramen
2 eggs
1/2 pound ground meat (I used pork)
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs teriyaki marinade
1/2 tsp sesame oil
3 green onions, diced

Directions:

Boil water for the ramen and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then drain and rinse with cold water.
Whisk the eggs with a fork.
Add the noodles and 1 chicken flavoring packet to a large bowl. Mix/toss together until well coated.
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Spray 4 patty-sized containers with non-stick spray. (Don’t forget this. I did and went back and washed, dried, and sprayed the containers to then put the noodle mix back in. Safe>Sorry)
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Press the noodles down and cover with plastic wrap. Press or weigh the noodles down. I stacked my toddler’s bowls and lightly weighed the top noodles down. Refrigerate 20+ minutes.
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For the burgers, mix together the ground meat, garlic, sesame oil, teriyaki sauce, and green onions.
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Form into patties and then grill the burgers.
Heat a skillet to medium high heat and pour some sesame oil. Pan fry the ramen buns for 2-3 minutes per side. Flip just once.
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Serve with more chopped green onions and teriyaki sauce.
The Three Bite Rule - Ramen Burger
It was really good! I think the sesame oil was really the key. I had some black sesame seeds which were also really good. I loved the flavors and was so excited the ramen worked! The craze is totally worth it.

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