Lone Star Brunch Burgers with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Caramelized Texas 1015 Onions

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Bright and full-bodied, this Zinfandel wine is a curious contradiction in tastes.


12 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon Caramelized Texas 1015 Onions
1 large Texas 1015 onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 garlic clove, freshly minced
1/3 cup original Dr. Pepper (not sugar free)
1 pound ground chuck
1 pound ground beef (lean)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Sutter Home Zinfandel wine
3 garlic cloves, freshly minced
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt
6 large eggs
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
6 Asiago cheese rolls
¼ cup softened butter



Directions Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. If available, place mesquite chips on top of the charcoal or briquettes for extra flavor. Place strips of bacon in a 10-inch cast iron skillet for 12-15 minutes, turning as needed while cooking. Remove the skillet from the grill and remove bacon; set aside. Reserve the bacon drippings in the skillet for cooking the caramelized onions and eggs. To make the caramelized onions, combine the onion, Worcestershire sauce, oil, kosher salt, garlic and Dr. Pepper in the cast iron skillet used to cook the bacon and place it on the grill rack. Cook the onion mixture for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized and most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove the skillet from the grill and set the onion mixture aside; reserve skillet. To make the patties, combine the ground chuck, ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, wine, garlic, ground pepper and seasoned salt. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook 4-5 minutes on each side for medium doneness. Meanwhile, crack 3 eggs at a time into the cast iron skillet which was used for the bacon and caramelized onions and cook over medium (3-4 minutes). Slice the Asiago cheese rolls and spread the buns with the butter. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, buttered side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly. To assemble the burgers, on each roll bottom, place a patty, 2 slices of bacon, an equal portion of the caramelized onions, and top it off with an egg. Add the roll tops, serve immediately and enjoy!! Makes 6 burgers