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Game time is party time in my book, and we like to party with a little style ’round these parts. Now, I’m not talking about throwing down some escargot and fancy crackers, but I do like to make interesting dishes with quality ingredients that don’t take hours to prepare. This blackened pepper cheeseburger with onion rings and bacon aioli is no exception, as I used the best of the best to make this beast of a thickburger.
This burger is surprisingly easy to make, because all you really need to do is liberally pepper the patty and throw it on a griddle at high heat to blacken on side, then flip the patty and lower the temp to medium to finish. It takes only a few minutes, and can be done while those delicious Alexia Crispy Onion Rings are baking in the oven.
Alexia Sweet Potato Fries are easily one of my favorites, and I love to throw them down as a side to one of my thickburgers because they bake up quickly and so tasty! Dipping them in my bacon aioli might be one of my secret pleasures. Just maybe. I’ll never tell! But in terms of game time grub, you can’t go wrong with fries, burgers, and bacon. Which is why I put them all together for my blackened pepper cheeseburger with onion rings and bacon aioli.
When it came to the aioli, I decided against preparing it the traditional way and opted for an easier version using mayo instead of creating an emulsion with egg yolks and oil. Plus, when you’re preparing for game time, you want easy prep, and this. is easy. And tasty. Oh so tasty. I slathered my thickburger with this stuff and had plenty leftover for dipping my sweet potato fries, and the few onion rings that didn’t make it into a burger bun. No way could I leave those onion rings alone. In muh belleh.
What is your favorite game time grub? Tell me all about it in the comments, and be sure to pin the recipe for your next big game day! Nutrition Disclaimer