Yes, you read that recipe title correctly. It seems I recently got a mad urge to make a sandwich using waffles. Taking that urge further, I decided to be really crazy and make a waffle burger. One more push of that urge and I decided to bacon-up those waffle buns!
I'm delightfully crazy.
So, get ready for a lengthy recipe. Get these things:
- Handful of ground beef, (about 1/4 pound, or a little less), seasoned to your liking. May I recommend some garden herbs like lemon thyme and rosemary, with a little sea salt and black pepper.
- 1/2 sweet Mayan onion, coarsely chopped
- 2-3 large Crimini mushrooms, halved and sliced
- 1-2 sliced of applewood smoked bacon
- Box of waffle/pancake mix of choice (and everything it says you need to make waffles, like eggs, milk, etc.)
- White wine for cooking
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Olive oil for cooking
- Butter for cooking
- Burger fixins (tomato, pickles, BBQ sauce, whatever you like)
- Chevre cheese (a soft, sharp goat cheese)
Now, follow these steps:
1. Cook your bacon slices until well done, then remove from heat, pat dry, and chop into pieces. Set aside.
2. Cook your onions in the same skillet (keep the bacon fat) with some oil, butter, garlic, and splashes of wine until they are nearly caramelized. Add the mushrooms near the end and cook down. Set aside.
3. Make a small version of your chosen waffle mix's instructions. You will only need two waffles. Before putting the batter into the waffle maker, add the cooked bacon bits. Then make your waffles. Set aside.
4. Form your beef into a patty and cook. I recommend in the same skillet the onions, mushrooms, and bacon were cooked in. There's a lovely blend of flavors in there.
5. Turn off heat, and top the burger with the goat cheese while it's still in the warm skillet, so it melts slightly.
6. Layering time! Put any usual condiments onto your waffle buns (mustard, mayo, etc.), then your burger with cheese, veggies, and anything else. Add your onion and mushroom blend as well. I always love avocado and tomato on a burger, so there's a suggestion.
7. Serve with a side of fries, chips, or starch of your liking! Here I have some homemade sweet potato chips.
You're all done! Not too bad, was it?
Now, I didn't have maple syrup on hand, but I would highly recommend tossing that into the waffle batter before cooking them. I'll remember to pick that up at the store next time :)
See you all again soon!
The Lone Foodster