Bachelorette Burgers (Gorgonzola Bacon Burgers with Watermelon and Tomato Relish)
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 Tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 cup diced watermelon (seeds removed)
1/2 cup diced tomato (seeds removed)
1/2 cup minced red onion, divided
1/2 cup minced cilantro, divided
6 slices bacon, diced
2 minced cloves garlic
1 minced Serrano chili pepper (seeds removed)
2 lbs ground chuck
4 oz crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil, for brushing grill rack
6 multi-grain hamburger buns, split
6 radicchio leaves to fit buns
Preheat a gas grill to medium-high heat, or prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover.
Combine lime zest, lime juice, honey, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium non-reactive bowl; mix well. Stir in watermelon, tomato, 1/4 cup onion, and 1/4 cup cilantro. Set aside.
Preheat a large, heavy fire-proof skillet on the grill; add bacon and cook until crisp. Reserving dripping, use slotted spoon to transfer bacon pieces to paper towels. Remove and discard all but 2 Tablespoons of drippings; add 1/4 cup onion and sautÃ© 2-3 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and Serrano chili; sautÃ© about 1 minute. Pour into a large bowl; add ground chuck, Gorgonzola cheese, 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and bacon pieces. Mix lightly, handling as little as possible. Shape into 6 patties to fit buns.
When grill is ready, brush grill rack with oil. Place patties on the rack and cover. Cook, turning once, until done to preference; about 5-7 minutes per side for medium. Place buns, cut side down, around outer edges of grill during last 2 minutes of grilling.
To assemble burgers, place radicchio leaves on buns, top with equally divided relish, followed by patties. Add bun tops and enjoy with good friends!
Makes 6 burgers