For the weekend, I wanted to make something fun! It started from my daydreaming about hamburgers and how inconveniently bacon fits into a round burger. I mean, what’s the point of it being round? It’s messier to eat, and there’s no way to get an even amount of bacon into each bite. Yes, evolutionary stuff goes on in my mind all the time. 😀 I really should start tweeting about them. 😛 Well, then, it came to my mind that how perfectly strips of bacon fit onto hot dogs. And then, what exactly is stopping me from making the hamburger patty into the shape of a chocolate bar. And the answer? Nothing! Nothing is stopping me! 😀 On Friday, I happily skipped to my local supermarket to get ingredients. So here it is, hamburger hot dog.
Makes 12 small hot dogs (so depending how hungry your eaters are, serves 3-6)
For the ‘patties’:
800 g minced beef (I used 15% fat)
1 egg, beaten
½ cup dry breadcrumbs
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp cayenne pepper powder
½ tsp smoked paprika powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
a pinch of grounded black pepper
12 slices of bacon
Some cheese that is cut into a long shape.
I used cheddar, I got a whole brick of it and then cut thin strips out of them that were slightly shorter than the small hot dog buns.
chili pickle relish
roasted onion flakes
anything you like to put on your hot dog or hamburger
1. Put the minced beef in a large bowl. Measure and put all the ‘patty’ ingredients into the mix.
2. Mix well with hand.
3. Divide the mixture evenly into 12 parts.
4. Shape each part into a long shape, stick the cheese in the middle and wrap the minced beef around the cheese. Instead of a round shape like a pipe, I shaped some corners so they are easier to fry up and turn on the pan.
5. Wrap the bacon around the beef bars.
6. Heat up a non-stick pan, or the grill. Add just a little bit of oil or butter.
7. Fry all four sides of the bars evenly. It would depend on your stove or grill, it took mine around 1-2 minute per side to cook. I like my hamburgers to be a little pink on the inside. It will take longer to cook if you like your burgers to be well done.
8. Get a clean pan, heat it up. Butter up the hot dog buns from the middle and grilled them in the pan (only the middle side) until golden and crispy. The outside of the bun remains soft.
9. Stick the meat bar between the buns, put sauces and toppings and enjoy!
It turned out super delicious. The meat bar was juicy and full of flavors. I would’ve put more cheese so it would be oozier next time. I’ve paid 15-18 euros for gourmet hamburgers in restaurants but apparently these gourmet hamburger chefs think it’s a sin to flavor your hamburgers? I would be lucky if the patties at restaurants are even salted. I, on the other hand, skipped salt altogether because there were the bacon and cheese and then all the sauces on top for saltiness so the patties themselves only need spices and not salt. They were so delicious that I continue eating them all throughout the weekend, like the breakfast on the left. Two little hot dogs accompanied by a paprika spinach parmesan omelette, a very hearty breakfast. Hope you like this fun recipe!