Today, America's most infamous burger outlet — Carl's Jr — opened its first restaurant in Australia. Unfortunately, it's located way out on the central coast of NSW. If you're keen to try these extra-thick burgers but don't fancy a trip to Bateau Bay, you need this mouth-watering DIY recipe from fast-food demystifier Todd Wilbur.
This burger (or "sandwich" to give it its US moniker) consists of a charbroiled all-beef patty, two strips of bacon, melted cheese, two crispy onion rings and BBQ sauce on a seeded bun. This is one of the fancier burgers that Carl's Jr offers, which makes it good choice for DIY cooking. Here's how to roll your own:
- x2 frozen onion rings
- 1/4 pound [115 grams] ground beef
- x1 sesame-seed hamburger bun
- x2 slices bacon
- salt to taste
- x1 slice American-style cheese
- x2 tablespoons hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
- Preheat a clean barbecue to medium grilling heat
- Bake the onion rings in the oven according to the directions on the package
- Form the ground beef into a flat burger the same diameter as the bun. It's best to pre-form your patty and store it in the freezer, then cook it frozen.
- Grill the faces of the top and bottom bun in a frying pan on the stove over medium heat. Keep the pan hot
- Cook the bacon slices in the pan
- Grill the burger for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until done. Lightly salt each side
- Spread 1 tablespoon of the barbecue sauce on the faces of each bun, top and bottom
- Place both onion rings on the sauce on the bottom bun. Next stack on the burger, then the cheese and the 2 bacon slices, crossed over each other
- Top off the sandwich with the top bun
For the sauce, Wilbur recommends Bull's-Eye Hickory Smoke BBQ sauce, which you can find in numerous specialty stores. Alternatively, any tangy BBQ sauce with a smoky finish should fit the bill perfectly. For loads more Carl's Jr DIY recipes, head to Todd Wilbur's website.
[Via Top Secret Recipe]