Spicy BBQ Bacon Corn Burger


Spicy BBQ Bacon Corn BurgerI’m not a planner.
I never have been.

And as much as I think that I can change … truth be told… I probably never will.

I have to admit… I have spent more time standing in front of the fridge with the doors wide open wondering what the heck to make for dinner, because I didn’t plan.

Can you call me lax? Possibly. I prefer to think of myself as adventurous. I think that deep down I like the pressure, knowing full well that I have a hungry son who at any moment is going to show his face in the kitchen looking for demanding something to eat.

I can feel the seconds ticking by… my blood pressure is rising…and I break out into a cold sweat.

I can hear him rustling around in his room.
He’s coming…

And then I spot it.
Relief washes over me.
Half-assed plan in place… I know what I’m making.


I grab the pound of ground beef that’s hiding in the back corner of the freezer, just as Michael walks into the kitchen.

Crisis averted…

A pound of ground beef (if you’re of the carnivore sort) should be a staple in every freezer. It will truly be a lifesaver time, and time again. Which brings me around to the fact that a burger is perfect for the “Non-Planner” in me. As long as you have that pound of ground beef, you have a meal in place!

And burgers are so versatile. I bet you could make one a day for the next year, and never have the same one twice with all of the toppings that you probably have right in your pantry!

And… the sloppier, the better for me. There is nothing better than a burger, oozing massive amounts of cheese, and dripping with sauce, and anything else I happen to find in the fridge or cupboard…

Pardon the sauce on my chin…
Spicy BBQ Bacon Corn Burger 2This particular burger started out with a spicy mustard barbecue sauce… and I don’t know why… I had corn and jalapenos in my head to go with that sauce. A little bacon and a thick caramelized slice of onion…on top of a thick sirloin burger oozing with melted jalapeno jack cheese…

…well, it was delicious. One of the most delicious burgers I’ve ever eaten! The sweetness from the corn and onion, worked so well with the smokiness of the bacon , the bite from the jalapenos and the tang from the mustard in the sauce…

…and unlike me…you know…the non-planner…

Fate had this burger planned all along. It was truly meant to be. Which is why I really don’t need to plan… my fate is already planned for me!

Life is good… it’s a “Go ahead and put those onion rings on top of that burger…. You know you want to…” kind of good.

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Spicy BBQ Bacon Corn Burger
A thick sirloin burger oozing with melted jalapeno jack cheese…. a little bacon, corn, and jalapenos and a thick caramelized slice of onion…topped with a spicy mustard BBQ sauce.... It just doesn't get any better than this...
Serves: 2
Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup spicy brown mustard
  • ½ cup your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
The Burger
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
The Toppings
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ½ small jalapeno pepper, roasted and minced
  • 4 slices bacon, fried crisp and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 thick slices of onion, rubbed with a bit of olive oil, and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • ½ cup jalapeno jack cheese, grated
  • 2 rolls (your choice) I used a wheat roll for this burger
  • lettuce and tomato slices
Spicy Mustard BBQ Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the brown mustard, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer over low heat until thickened. Serve warm over burger. The barbecue sauce can be kept in a covered jar for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
The Toppings
  1. While the burgers are grilling, prepare the toppings:
  2. Melt the butter in a small sauté pan. Add the corn, jalapeno pepper, cooked bacon, salt, and pepper. Saute until the corn is semi-cooked. Keep warm until burgers are ready to be topped.
The Burger
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the ground sirloin, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper until just combined.
  2. Divide the beef into two sections and form into to thick patties.
  3. Over a medium flame, grill the patties until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees (foodsafety.gov).
  4. At the same time the burgers are on the grill, place the slices of onion on the grill, and cook until browned on each side. Remove from heat.
  5. Divide the cheese, and place on top of each burger. While the cheese is melting, Cut the two rolls in half, and place cut side down on the grill to toast. When it has melted, remove the burgers from grill, and place on rolls.
  6. Top each with the grilled onion, the corn and bacon mixture, and a good dollop of barbecue sauce. Garnish with lettuce and tomato.
  7. Serve immediately with your favorite onion rings and lots of napkins!.
  8. Enjoy!!


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