Mac 'n Cheese Bacon Burger

Mac 'n Cheese Bacon Burger


    40 Minutes


    90 Minutes


    4 People


  • Donkey Sauce

  • Mac ʼn Cheese

  • Burgers


  1. Prepare the donkey sauce: Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to assemble the burgers.
  2. Make the mac ʼn cheese: Sauté the bacon in a deep skillet until crispy. Remove from the pan and drain excess oil on a paper towel. Once bacon is cool, chop into small pieces. Melt the butter in same skillet used for the bacon. Slowly add in the flour and whisk until smooth. Continue whisking until the mixture becomes a golden color, about 1-2 minutes. Slowly add in the beer and milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth and slightly thick. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaf and cook another 5 minutes, whisking often. Stir in the cheeses a little at a time and whisk until each cheese is melted into the sauce. Add the yellow mustard, nutmeg, cooked pasta, chopped bacon, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into a gratin dish to cool so it’s easy to scoop onto the burgers.
  3. Grill the buns: Preheat the grill to medium heat. In a small bow, mix together the melted butter and the minced garlic. Brush the mixture on each side of the sliced brioche buns. Toast the buns on the grill for about 20 seconds on each side.
  4. Cook the Burgers: Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Season the burger balls with salt and sear for 30 seconds. Use a spatula to press the burgers into ⅓’’ thick patties. Cook for 1½ minutes on the first side to get a good crust. Flip the burger and scoop 2 ounces of the mac ʼn cheese on top of the burger along with a slice of cheddar cheese on top of that. Cover with a metal bowl or lid to help melt the cheese. Cook for 1 minute and then remove the lid. Continue to cook for another 30-45 seconds so the cheese that spilled over can create a cheesy crust.
  5. Assemble the burger: Spread the donkey sauce on both sides of the brioche bun. Place 3 slices of pickle and one slice of tomato on the bottom bun. Next, place the burger patty on top with garlic panko, onion straws and a piece of lettuce. Top with the bun and a skewer to hold together. Serve and enjoy!