Empyreal Bacon Cheese Burger with Chiptle, Dijon Mustard

Pairs well with:

White Zinfandel

With strawberry and melon essences, this American original is perfectly at home with however you like to unwind.


12 Slices of Bacon
2-Slices Whole Wheat Bread
1/4 Cup Buttermilk
1/8 Tsp.Sea Salt Freshly Ground
1/4 Tsp.Black Pepper Freshly Ground
1/2 Tsp.Hot Smoked Paprika
1/2 Tsp.Worcestershire
3 Tbls.Bacon Fat
4 Cloves Garlic
3 Tbls. Finely Minced Spanish Onion
1.5 lbs.80/20 Ground Beef
12 Slices Smoked Gouda
6 Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Chipoltle Pepper in Adbo Sauce, Chopped
1 Tbls.Dijon Mustard



Prepare a medium hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium high. To make the bacon: Fry the bacon in a heavy cast iron pan. Pour the fat from the bacon into a small bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool . To make the mayonnaise: Into a small food processor combine the 1/3 cup mayonnaise, the last two cloves of minced garlic, Dijon mustard and the chopped chipotle pepper. Pulse until well mixed. To make the patties: Slice the crust off of the bread and cut into 1/4" cubes. Put bread cubes into a large bowl along with the 1/4 cup buttermilk and let sit for 5 minutes or until bread has soaked up the majority of the buttermilk. Next add your salt, black pepper, hot smoked paprika, worcestershire, bacon fat, 2-cloves minced garlic and finely minced spanish onion. With a fork mix and mash the ingredients together until the bread breaks down and forms a paste like consistency. Combine the ground beef with the mixture in the bowl and form into six patties. Place your patties on the grill and cook over indirect heat for approximately 5-10 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Two to three minutes before you are ready to remove the burgers fromm the grill place two slices of bacon and two slices of smoked Gouda onto each burger. Cover the grill so that the cheese will begin to melt. Once chees has melted remove burgers from the grill. To assemble the burgers: Spread the chipoltle, dijon mayonnaise onto both halves of the whole wheat bun, add burger and enjoy.