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The Adirondacker Burger | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I didn’t go back and check, but I’m pretty sure this is the first burger that I have posted here at Taste and Tell. And it’s not that I don’t like burgers, or that I don’t eat them. The exact opposite is true. The fact is, ever since I got married, my husband is the official hamburger maker. He makes one amazing burger. In fact, he is in charge of burgers and grilling – both are pretty much off limits for me. But let me tell you a secret – I sometimes want to make burgers. I see lots of recipes that sound delicious, and since my husband is not a recipe follower, it’s not like I can hand the recipe off to him, because he just won’t follow the recipe, and the end result would be something completely different.

So I decided to make burgers the other night. And even though they were delicious, they just might be the last burgers that I make. My husband was right there in the kitchen with me the whole time, watching with an eagle eye. It was like I had overstepped my boundaries. If there is a sort of “back seat driver” in the kitchen, my husband would have been one. I felt like a child, cooking my first meal!

But I guess if I never make another burger, (at least for dinner – I just realized I can make them for lunch when he is not home!), I’m glad I made this one. It was so delicious! It was a little different from the normal burgers we have. I loved the sour cream sauce and want to try it out on sandwiches. This was definitely a burger worth trying!

The Adirondacker
adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray February 2009

Makes 4 burgers

8 slices smoked bacon
2 pounds ground sirloin
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
salt and pepper
8 ounces sliced cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1/3 cup finely chopped chives
1 teaspoon dried dill
4 buns or rolls, split
1 bunch arugula

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat.

In a medium bowl, combine the sirloin, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish; season with salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. Heat the bacon fat in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef patties and cook, turning once, for 8 minutes for medium. Melt the cheese on top of the patties during the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the sour cream, parsley, chives, dill and lots of pepper.

Place the cheeseburgers on the roll bottoms and top each with 2 slices bacon and some arugula. Slather the bun tops with the sour cream sauce and set into place.

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25 Responses to The Adirondacker

  1. Paula says:

    Oh yum! Well, for a first time burger maker, you hit this one outta the park! A burger prepared in bacon drippings sounds like heaven to me! I like how you put horseradish in the burger itself, plus that sauce sounds terrific! YUM!

  2. Maria says:

    How funny your husband was watching the whole time. I probably do that to Josh when he is cooking anything for me…oops! I better lay off so he will keep up the cooking, he is good:) I guess you will have to have burgers for lunch:)

  3. Cat says:

    I’m not a burger recipe follower either but I am going to give this a go with the horseradish mixed in the ground beef. Sounds like a winner to me!

  4. Bellini Valli says:

    It sounds delicious. Maybe you could suggest toppings for your husbands burgers if you think that would not wreck your marriage..wink…

  5. Dawn says:

    Now that is a burger of all burgers. Pork fat rules!
    The horseradish? Oh yeah!

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Great looking burger! Yummy!



  7. Donna-FFW says:

    Oh My YES!! This sounds wonderful. LOVE how it looks. So very very good!! And with horseradish, yum!

  8. Abby says:

    Ha. That’s hilarious. I hope he approved of the final product! Maybe it will encourage him to branch out and try new “recipes” for his own burgers.

  9. HoneyB says:


    P.S. I live in the foothills of the adirondacks! 😉

  10. Elyse says:

    Well, should this be your last dinner burger experience, at least your burger looks AMAZING. I don’t usually crave meat, but oh man, I would kill for one of those burgers right now!! They look delicious!

  11. glamah16 says:

    Burgers are my downfall!

  12. How To Eat A Cupcake says:

    Oooohohoh yeah! If my boyfriend sees this I am SO gone! Lol 😉

  13. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    I usually just wing it with burgers whatever is in the fridge goes in it or on it.. BUT this one is different looks so great and deserves to be made according to the plan!!

  14. Sophie says:

    That burger is prepared just how I like it :). Funny thing is, my hubby and I are the opposite; he’s the one to always follow recipes to the T :D.

  15. Patsyk says:

    I haven’t made burgers in a really long time. This one looks like my kind of burger though… may have to make burgers again now!

  16. Dragon says:

    Great looking burger!

  17. Brilynn says:

    Ha- backseat driver!

    Homemade burgers are fantastic. Especially with bacon.

  18. Elle says:

    That souce does have great possibilities for other dishes. Funny that your hubby is territorial about burgers. Mine is about the grill, but OK if I pan fry them. Funny, right?
    Hope you little angel is giving you both great joy.

  19. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Those are some good-looking burgers – something to compete with your husband’s ones I’m sure!

  20. Colleen says:

    Glad to see you enjoyed this! I have this marked in my magazine and now I will definitely try it!

  21. Spryte says:

    I love burgers! That looks really tasty! I’ll definitely give it a try!

  22. Grace says:

    i can tolerate the fieriest of peppers, but for some reason, horseradish does me in. regardless, you’ve got a great-looking burger on your hands. 🙂

  23. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    That’s a seriously awesome burger!

  24. Kristen says:

    OK – I’m reading and reading and reading and am soooooo wanting a baby update! I mean, I love your cooking and your food, but I want me some baby love 😉
    How are things going as a new mama? I am sure you are sailing along just wonderfully!
    And, this burger… yum! My hubby would love this. Bookmarked to try!

  25. Ivylmnm says:

    A+ on this one! Thanks! You helped me make dinner memorable!

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