|Frisco Patty Melts with Double Patties, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Spicy Thousand|
Island Sauce, & Texas Toast Fried in Bacon Fat
|Look at the sauce spilling over the side... that's the best bite.|
For the Spicy Thousand Island Sauce:
2T + 2t Mayo
1T Candied Jalapeno Relish
½t Sugar & White Vinegar
¼t Paprika & Garlic Powder
Hot Sauce, Optional (to your liking)
Salt & Pepper, To Taste
For the Patties:
1lb Ground Chuck, 80/20
Salt & Pepper, To Taste
Small Tabs of Butter
Vegetable Oil, For Grilling
For the Frisco Patty Melts:
4 Pieces of Thick Texas Toast, Fried until Golden Brown & Toasted in Reserved Bacon Fat
4 Burger Patties, Cooked & Warmed (make sure they are very flat)
8 Slices of Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cooked until Crispy (reserve bacon fat)
4 Slices of Swiss Cheese
4 Slices of American Cheese
Prepared Spicy Thousand Island Sauce
Caramelized Onions (I used a homemade caramelized onion jam that was delicious)
1. For the Spicy Thousand Island Sauce: Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt & pepper to your taste.
2. For the Patties: Roll ground beef into four golf ball sized balls. Heat a sauté pan to medium-high heat. Add ground beef balls, about 2-4 to a pan, 2 if you have a medium sized pan, or 4 if you have a large pan. Season each side with salt & pepper very well. Flatten the ball with a spatula. The meat should sizzle when you add it, if not, your pan is not hot enough. Let cook for one minute, then flip over and using the back of your spatula, smash the burger flat more into a thin patty. After a short time and the ground beef is mostly cooked through, flip once more. Place on a paper towel to drain fat. Keep warm until ready to serve.
3. In a deep sauté pan, cook your thick bacon until crispy, and there is a significant amount of bacon fat in the pan. Remove the bacon and set aside. Keep the pan at medium heat and add the pieces of Texas toast and fry the bread until it is golden brown and buttery (you can either do just one side or both sides).
4. Assembling the Frisco Patty Melts: Top each slice of fried Texas toast with a thick layer of the Spicy Thousand Sauce. On the bottom slice, place a warm, cooked patty and cover with caramelized onions. Top the onions with a slice of American cheese, followed by another patty, caramelized onions, and a slice of Swiss cheese. Finish the patty melt with another fried Texas toast with the special sauce. Repeat with the same ingredients to make the other burger. This will make two large patty melts.
5. Serve immediately with some homemade Sour Cream & Onion Fries.