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Green chile bacon burgers with goat cheese

This is Week #21 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

I need to take a picture of The Infamous Pile of Snow because, sadly, it still stands. It plays mind games with me. I'll be cruisin' out of work on a beautiful day, excited to get home and spend time outside with my family. And there it sits, around that first curve, staring at me. I find it impossible not to look back. Then I ask myself a series of questions: What season is it? Where do I live? Will that thing ever go away? Then I turn up the radio, roll down my windows and hurry home.

If I'm lucky, by the time I get home, my husband is starting to grill up some sort of delicious meat or veggie for dinner. At this point I am able to answer my questions with confidence: It is spring! I live in Minnesota! The snow will melt! Let's eat!

This burger was delicious. It made me happy. I ate some edamame salad along with it, so that made me doubly happy.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange 8 thick-cut slices of bacon on the paper and brush both sides with mango chutney. I couldn't find the chutney and I didn't have time to make it, so I used Jalapeno Strawberry Jam instead and it was awesome. It was the perfect happy accident.

Bake the bacon for about 30 minutes, turning once, until it is caramelized. Let cool.

Rub a poblano chile with olive oil. You might notice that I rubbed two poblano chiles and two jalapeno peppers with olive oil. I don't like to follow the rules when it comes to chiles and peppers. Grill the pepper(s) over medium heat until charred, about 5 minutes. Transfer them to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Peel the skin(s) off and coarsely chop the pepper(s).

Brush the cut sides of 4 hamburger buns with olive oil and grill just until toasted, about 30 seconds.

Brush 4 large tomato slices with oil and grill until lightly charred, about 1 minute. Place the grilled tomato slices on the bottom half of the buns.

Form 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef chuck (we used venison) into four 1-inch-thick patties and brush them with oil. Season with salt and pepper and grill over high heat, turning once, until the burgers are nearly medium-rare, about 6 minutes.

Top each burger with a slice of fresh goat cheese and the chopped peppers. Close the grill and cook until the cheese is completely melted and the burgers are medium-rare, about 1 minute.

Set the burgers on the buns, top with the bacon and a handful of watercress and serve immediately!

It is spring it is spring it is spring!

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Reader Comments (19)

Snow? It's Minnesota, not the North Pole! Go away snow, go away! :)
The burger sounds amazing...from the poblano, to the bacon, to the cheese...beautiful job, as always.

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

These flavors are a-mazing! Sweet and spicy, creamy and meaty... it's perfection on a plate!!

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Food Hound

Holy Burger! This is one amazing burger!

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Wow. That looks like a burger from heaven! So many of my favourite flavours in there! I'm pretty sure that this burger could singlehandedly fight off any leftover snow. Good work!

05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

YUm this looks amazing! Green chiles are my favorite and I love what you did to the bacon. So yummy.

Eep! Don't remind me about snow - I'm trying to forget winter ever happened. This burger looks like a great way to do that, though. That glazed bacon is so, so awesome; I wonder what else it could be used in...

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCelia

Oh. My. God. When that first picture was loading from the top down...bun...then watercress...then BACON...AND GOAT CHEESE AND HOLY CRAP THAT'S THE SEXIEST BURGER EVER!

*pant pant pant*

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

How I would like to sink my teeth into that!

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @zomppa

My GOD that looks good.

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

HOLY AMAZING BURGER!! That looks absolutely sinful.....deeeeeelicious! Lovely photos too :-)

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRavieNomNoms

Goat Cheese and Peppers = amazing combination. Love to see it on a burger. I'm putting this on my summer menus!

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSensibleLessons

WOW. Wow. wow.

How many amazing components can you fit onto one burger? :)

The bacon brushed with strawberry jam = genius.

05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cilantropist

Oh and I just saw - Foodbuzz top 9 today! Congrats!

05.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cilantropist

I can't believe you still have snow... in May! But glad you're keeping up with the warm weather food in spirit =) These burgers look fantastic!

05.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

Drooling here. Serious, serious droolage.

Thank you so much for the lovely post, recipe and gorgeous photography!

Love the flavor combinations, and your photos are fabulous. I can almost taste that burger!

05.27.2011 | Unregistered Commentersheryl

This looks amazing! My mouth is watering and your photos are beautiful!

Snow?! You poor dear! I say you go fire up your grill and eat this baby right on top of that snow pile until it is gone forever. Oh, and Mmmmm bacon!

This sounds beautiful........In the past I've used blue cheese as a topping, and also rubbed some black pepper into my burgers as well before grilling!

03.25.2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

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