Burgers are a relatively quick and painless meal for singles…especially since you can now buy your hamburger meat pre-sorted in quarter pound increments in the form of hamburger patties. You can make a burger for dinner and individually freeze the remaining patties for later. What’s not to love about that!
For cheyenne burgers, the star of the show is obviously the Chipotle Barbecue Sauce. I mean we don’t add barbecue sauce to just any burger, now do we? It is in this special snowflake spirit that fixings and trimmings should be kept at a minimal to showcase the southwestern smoky undertones melting in your mouth! Trust me, this burger is worth the hassle of making your own BBQ. Although, I will concede that this burger has become so popular, these days you will find at least one variation for it at your favorite burger joint. Here’s how it breaks down…
Prep Time: 10 minutes Serving Size: 1 burger. The neighbors will have to make their own!
Anatomy of a Cheyenne Burger
1 slice of prepared bacon
1 (¼ pound) all beef hamburger patty
1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper and Worcestershire Sauce
Your favorite hamburger bun
1-2 slices of your cheese of choice, might I suggest sharp cheddar
2 tablespoons prepared Chipotle BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
1-2 slices of onion, cut ½” thick
1. In a small frying pan over medium heat, fry the bacon until golden brown and then set aside on a paper towel to drain. Quickly wipe the pan clean of any bacon grease and set aside.
2. Place the hamburger patty, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce in a small mixing bowl and gently stir with a fork. I like my hamburger patties to taste light and airy. When I was a kid, we would always scoop out ¼ pound of hamburger meat, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and then pound it between two sheets of aluminum foil leaving the meat thickly compacted. Today, thanks to the Barefoot Contessa, I don’t do that anymore. I gently stir the meat with a fork and then quickly shape the hamburger patties with my hands. You have to mother it like you would a freshly baked loaf of bread, the less time you touch it, the light it tastes. One additional bonus to this method, now the salt and pepper incorporates into the meat instead sitting on top of the meat. Yum!
3. Assemble your burger using any ingredients you like! But hey, your burger – your joint!