Friday, September 2, 2016

Bacon maple burger

We have been indulging in a series of delicious burgers inspired by the flavors of different cuisines. The lamb burgers inspired by Greek flavors, Thai chicken burger, meatball sub with Italian roots, Harissa chicken burgers (Moroccan condiments), Mexican burger complete with all the fix ins and many more. Last week my daughter asked me, why haven't we had a Canadian burger yet? as in you live in Canada so ??? Hmmm...So here is an ode to a few ingredients that are unique to Canada, in a burger.
This unique and awesome burger recipe is easy and eh! so Canadian - a subtle hint of maple in the chicken patty, crisp Canadian back bacon, few shavings of Quebec's treasured Oka cheese and a drizzle of super delish maple Dijon sauce.

Maple bacon chicken burger
To serve:
4 burger buns
4 Chicken patties (recipe below)
4 Canadian back bacon slices
Few shavings of Oka
Maple Dijon sauce (recipe below)
Tomato slices and onion rings
Lettuce leaves
Pickled jalapeno rings(optional)
Fries on the side
  1. Chicken patty-Mix all the following ingredients together and shape into 4 patties.1 lb mince chicken, 2-3 cloves garlic finely minced, 1 bunch green onion finely chopped , 1 tsp real maple syrup, 1/4 tsp dry rosemary, salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and then grill till cooked through.
  2. Cook bacon till crisp. I have used regular bacon instead of back bacon as I had this one at hand. But I highly recommend using the Canadian back bacon if you can find it in your grocery store. 
  3. Maple-Dijon Sauce-Whisk together 1 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tbsp Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp mustard (old fashioned grainy), 1 tbsp real maple syrup, 1 tsp hot sauce (Tabasco, Sriracha). Keep aside (refrigerate) till ready to serve.
  4. Place the grilled chicken patty on the bun and top with lettuce, tomato and onion rings.
  5. Place a crisply cooked strip of bacon and top it with shavings of Oka cheese.
  6. Drizzle maple Dijon sauce on top and close the burger with the top bun. 
  7. Serve with hot crisp fries and your favorite Canadian beer (Labatt blue, Molson Canadian, Alexander Keith's, Budweiser to name a few).

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