Well, I’ve got to be honest here, this recipe came about out of curiosity more than anything else. A coworker was telling me about a peanut butter burger he had for lunch. At first, I thought, yuck!
I started to quiz him about the flavors: what worked well, what did not? What other ingredients were on the burger, etc.? He said the burger was good but, he felt using natural peanut butter would have been better. Excuse me? Mad respect for a palate that can differentiate between natural and regular peanut butter when layered on a burger!
What could make this better? I started thinking about Thai food, which uses peanut sauce in many dishes, and then I thought, Yum!
Peanut butter on a burger does work! Here is my version of the peanut butter burger.
Make the peanut butter sauce (see recipe below) while the sauce is thickening, about the consistency of a thousand island dressing.
Fry the bacon. Place on a paper plate lined with paper towels to drain fat. Set aside.
In the same skillet as the bacon cooked in add jalapeno pepper slices and cook until slightly browned. Place on a plate, cover to keep warm.
When the peanut butter sauce is smooth and thick take off the heat and keep warm.
Patty four patties the same size as your buns. Press your thumb in the center of each patty to provide shrinkage. Sprinkle both sides with meat seasoning.
Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil, and let it warm with the pan. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the patties leaving a little space between each one. The patties should sizzle when they hit the pan. Turn when you see a nice dark, golden-brown sear on the underside. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the burgers.
Top the burgers with a slice, or two, of cheddar cheese as soon as you flip them. If the cheese isn’t melting fast enough, cover the pan with a lid to encourage the cheese to melt. Cook another 3 to 5 minutes.
Assemble the Burger: On the bottom bun, spread the peanut butter sauce. Top with a cheese patty, add grilled jalapeno pepper slices, 2 bacon slices, lettuce leaf, a tomato slice, an onion slice. Top with the bun top.
Let me know if you like them! – Ella
What You’ll Need for the Burgers
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 tablespoon Meat Seasoning
• 1/2 cup peanut butter sauce
• 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
• 4 slices cheddar cheese
• 8 slices bacon, thick cut
• 4 red leaf lettuce leaves
• 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
• 1 purple onion, sliced
Peanut Butter Sauce
• 1 cup organic peanut butter
• 1 cup beef broth
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
• 2 cloves minced fresh garlic
• 1/2 teaspoon dried, crushed red pepper
- Place peanut butter in heavy saucepan. Add all remaining ingredients beef broth. Stir over medium heat adding beef broth a little at a time until smooth and thick, about 6 minutes.