At Weber Grill Eateries we developed an upscale version of the traditional hamburger, our “Farm” KettleBurger. It is so-called because it’s stacked with cherry wood-smoked goat-cheese that was fresh, bacon, and a ground lamb and hamburger patty, all put together into one amazing hamburger. We have scaled-down our house recipe so you can recreate  this burger, we featured in our restaurant earlier this year, in your own backyard. Be certain to buy great quality, clean, ground-beef for the best taste and keek all of the ingredients chilled until you are ready for preparation. When you have mastered this recipe, use it as a springboard to generate “backyard hamburgers” of your own! Or, should you want to enjoy this burger without the fuss of making it yourself, come into any Weber Grill Restaurant and we will make it on in our farm grills. Either way, hamburgers will always taste better when cooked on an authentic Weber Grill!

Makes: 4 hamburgers

Prep Time:

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Unique Gear:

Burger Press (or 4 1/2″ circle cookie-cutter – about 1 inch tall)

Mixing bowl

Ingredients:

1 tsp Weber Gourmet Burger seasoning mix (or any kind you prefer)

8 strips of smoked bacon (cooked until crisp and drained on-paper towels)

4 ounces of fresh goat cheese (formed into 4 identical circles about 1/4″ thick)

8 sundried tomatoes (drained of oil)

4 large lettuce leaves (cleaned and dried)

Instructions:

  1. Blend the lamb and beef together until well combined in the mixing pan. Divide the meat combination into four identical weight portions.
  2. Use a hamburger press to shape the burgers and put a “dimple” in the middle of the patty with your thumb.
  3. Repeat till all the patties have been formed. Place them in the refrigerator to chill for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct, medium heat cooking (about 350- 400F).
  5. After the grill is ready, sear the burgers on the grate to seal in the flavor. Shut the top and cook for 4 minutes.
  6. Once the hamburgers are cooked, (but still on the grill) top each one with two pieces of a goat cheese, bacon and finally two sundried tomatoes. Close the cover and cook for another minute to warm everything up, the final temperature of the burgers should be about 165F.
  7. Toast the buns, add the lettuce, and top the finished burgers.

Keep the coals warm!