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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.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prep a baking sheet with Alexia Crispy Onion Rings and bake as directed on the package.
- In a small bowl, add the mayo, lemon juice, bacon, and garlic powder. Stir gently to combine, then add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Separate the ground beef into 6, ¼ lb balls then pound out into patties sprinkle with salt. Cover with a thick layer of cracked peppercorns. Place the patties, pepper side down, on a griddle or grill pan preheated to medium-high and allow to sear for 3-4 minutes. Turn the temperature down to medium, then flip the patties and allow to cook for additional 5 minutes for medium and 7 for well done.
- Add a slice of gouda cheese to each patty, then place on a cut bun, top with onion rings and then the top bun, slathered with a generous helping of bacon aioli. Serve with a side of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and the remaining bacon aioli for dipping.
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!