This month’s Burger Club Challenge is to make and rate one of Bobby Flay’s burger recipes. Bobby is a burger lover with a chain of Burger Palace restaurants and a Burgers, Fries and Shakes Cookbook. I searched through Bobby’s burger recipes on Food Network and while there were many that I think my family would love, I decided his Cheyenne Burger would be perfect for my family of meat lovers.
The Cheyenne burger is basically a BBQ bacon cheeseburger with the addition of onion rings. Bobby gives his recipe for Shoestring Onion Rings and BBQ sauce for the Cheyenne burger, but I needed a quicker option. So I substituted our favorite store bought BBQ sauce, KC Masterpiece, and instead of making onion rings, I substituted Durkee French Fried Onions that I crisped up in the oven while I was toasting the burger buns.
I am giving this burger a 3.5 Star rating. We loved it, and I did make it again. (I lost the pictures of the first burgers when my hard drive crashed last week.) The only reason I didn’t give it a 4 star rating is because I missed having at least all little veggies on my burger. One change I made the second time around was to not put the BBQ sauce on the burger while it’s on the grill, I think it’s better to add it to the top and bottom bun. I like a really saucy, messy burger.
The ratings are based on a four-star rating:
1 Star = Didn’t like and wouldn’t make again.
2 Stars = Liked but wouldn’t make again.
3 Stars = Liked and will make again.
4 Stars = Loved! Will make often.
- 2 pounds ground chuck (80/20 percent) or ground turkey (90/10 percent)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 slices smoked sharp Cheddar
- 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
- 8 slices cooked bacon
- Durkee French Fried Onions, toasted
- 4 burger buns, toasted
- Preheat grill to high.
- Divide the meat into 6 equal portions. Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Brush each burger with oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Place the burger directly on the grill, until slightly charred on both sides and cooked to desired doneness. Add 2 slices of cheese to each burger during the last minute of cooking. Close the lid to melt the cheese.
- Place a tablespoon of BBQ sauce on the top and bottom of the toasted buns. Place the burgers onto the buns. Top each with bacon, onion rings, and top bun.