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Bacon Queso Burgers

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Ingredients

  • Queso Sauce
  • 2 poblano chiles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar or smoked Gouda
  • 1 cup shredded sharp yellow cheddar
  • 1 rounded tbsp. yellow mustard, preferably French's
  • Burgers
  • 12 slices smoky bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, preferably Gebhardt
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 burger or kaiser rolls, or 12 slider rolls
  • Toppings
  • Chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce, diced seeded tomatoes, chopped white onion, corn chips (preferably Fritos) or corn tortilla chips (preferably Xochitl) and pickled jalapeno rings

Details

Adapted from rachaelraymag.com

Preparation

Step 1

Working over a gas burner or under the broiler, char the poblanos, turning often, until blackened all over. Transfer to a bowl. Cover; let cool 15 minutes. Peel, seed and chop the poblanos.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees .
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cornstarch. Add the milk and cook, stirring often, until it comes to a bubble. Add the cream cheese; stir until it melts and the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Add the cheeses; stir until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in the mustard and poblanos; remove from the heat. Just before serving, reheat the queso over medium, stirring occasionally, until melted.
Arrange the bacon on a slotted broiler pan or a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned and crispy, about 20 minutes, then chop.
In a medium bowl, combine the sirloin, onion, Worcestershire and chili powder; season with kosher salt and pepper. Form into 6 burger patties or 12 slider patties (thinner in the centers for even cooking).
Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle pan over medium-high. Add the canola oil, one turn of the pan. Add the patties and cook, turning occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes for burgers or 2 to 3 minutes for sliders.
Top the bun bottoms with lettuce, tomato and chopped onion. Add the patties, chips, queso sauce, bacon bits, jalapeno rings and bun tops.

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