Monday, August 4, 2014
Before I tell you my thoughts, let me give you a little back story on the restaurant. It was a local restaurant here in Little Rock, a burger joint that was located on President Clinton Avenue, and it was names Bill's Street Burgers. Folks, they had amazing burgers. The burgers alone were seasoned to perfection, and tasted the same each and every time we ate there. A perfectly seasoned and juicy burger is a hard thing to do, so these guys definitely knew there stuff when it came to burgers.
They had all sorts of burgers on the menu; some a little more traditional with mayo and cheese, others with sauteed mushrooms and onions,some sported a fried egg atop the juicy patty, and then there were just some off the wall burgers such as the bacon peanut butter burger. The toppings were just an enhancement of the delicious burgers, they weren't needed to add flavor by any means. Sadly, the restaurant is no longer opened...and it was a sad sad day in this household when we learned the Bill's Street Burgers was no longer. So after consoling ourselves, we decided to do what any restaurant fanatic would do, try to recreate some of our menu favorites right here at home.
Bacon Peanut Butter Burgers
1 Lb ground beef
1 Tsp liquid smoke
1/4 Tsp garlic powder
1 Tsp Montreal steak seasoning
1/2 Tsp salt
1/4 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 Pieces cooked bacon, cut in half
1/4 Cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
4 Hamburger buns
Meanwhile, combine ground beef, liquid smoke, garlic powder, steak seasoning, salt and pepper and gently mix to combine being sure not to overwork the meat. Form into 4 patties of equal size, gently making an indention in the center.
Place on preheated grill and cook to desired wellness.
When burgers are almost done, spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on each side of the buns and place on the grill but not over direct heat.
Remove the cooked burgers and toasted buns.
Place peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and heat for 20-30 seconds, until peanut butter is able to be drizzled.
To assemble, place hamburger patty on the bottom half of the bun, top with 3 pieces of bacon, drizzle with a little peanut butter and place the top half of the bun on the patty. Repeat with remaining burgers and serve.
Recipe source: Inspired by Bill's Street Burgers