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All American Comfort

Hello, My name is Eric. I am a chemist by day and home chef by night. Food is my passion. I constantly watch the food network, much to the dismay of my wife and daughter. They enjoy eating the food that I prepare, but to quote my six year old daughter " Daddy, do we have to watch another cooking show?" Here is my recipe for the All American Comfort Burger. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


2.25 lbs ground chuck
0.75 lbs ground pork
3 large eggs
1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
1 tbsp grey poupon mustard
1 tbsp onion flakes
2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 cup grated parmesan reggiano cheese
1 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup tomato ketchup
1 vegetable grill pan
1 lb hickory smoked bacon
2 large Vidalia onions (Sliced)
6 Ciabbata rolls


Light the grill and set all burners to high heat. In a large mixing bowl combine ground chuck, pork, eggs, breadcrumbs, worchestershire sauce, mustard, onion flakes, garlic salt, parmesan cheese, black pepper, and 1/4 cup of the ketchup. Mix until all ingredients are well incoporated. Divide into six equal portions and form into patties. Place patties onto the center of the grill and brush with some of the remaining ketchup. Reduce heat to medium and turn off center buner. Close lid and cook for five minutes. Open lid and flip patties over. Brush patties with the remaining ketchup. Close lid and cook for 5 minutes. Open lid and remove patties from the grill. Set aside to rest. Place the vegetable grill pan onto the grill and turn all burners to high heat. Close lid and allow pan to come up to temperature, around 5 minutes. Open lid and place bacon slices onto the grill pan. Cook uncovered for 1-2 minutes per side, being careful not to overcook. Remove bacon and set aside. Add the onion slices to the grill pan and cook uncovered until they are carmelized, around 20 minutes. Stir onions to avoid burning. Remove from grill and set aside. Slice six ciabbata rolls in half. Top each roll bottom with one patty. Place two slices of bacon on top of each patty and spoon 1/6 of the carmelized onions onto each. Place roll top onto the burger and enjoy.


I'm not sure if the vegetable grill pan is supposed to be listed as an ingredient. I need to use this pan to cook the bacon and onions so they do not fall through the grill grates. I listed it as an ingredient and used it in the correct order as listed. Thanks for reading and hope to hear from you in September.