Snack Platter Catering – Part 11 – Cocktail Bacon & Cheese Burgers!!!

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Snack Platter Catering - Part 11 - Cocktail Bacon & Cheese Burgers!!!
Recipe type: Snack Food / Finger Food / Cocktail Party Food / Superbowl Food
Cuisine: American
Serves: 20
Mini beef patties studded with mature cheddar and laminated in hickory smoked bacon - all of this on a fresh cocktail burger bun!!!
For 20 Cocktail Burger Buns
  • 1 Batch quick burger bun dough (click here for recipe)
  • 1 Egg yolk mixed with 1 Tbs water
  • Poppy seeds and sesame seeds
For 20 Cocktail Bacon-Laminated Cheesy Beef Patties
  • 900g Ground beef in 20 x 45g portions
  • 100g Mature cheddar cheese cut into 1cm cubes
  • Salt to taste
For the garnish
  • Sliced pickled gherkin
  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Sliced tomato
To Finish
  • 20 Toothpicks
  1. Place the yeast in a mixing bowl and pour in the warm water and the sugar. Pour the oil in and set this aside for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes the mixture will be very frothy. Add the salt and lightly beaten egg and stir this in.
  3. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and pour in the yeast mixture. Using a wooden paddle stir this together until a dough comes together and comes away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Turn the dough out onto s floured work surface, flour the top of the dough as well, then proceed to knead for 5 minutes sprinkling with a little more flour every time it gets too sticky.
  5. Once the dough is smooth and elastic, roll it into a sausage shape and cut it into 20 equal pieces.
  6. Roll the pieces into balls and transfer them to a lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Brush the buns with an egg wash consisting of an egg yolk whisked together with a tablespoon of water.
  8. Sprinkle the tops of the buns with sesame seeds and poppy seeds and bake the buns in a preheated oven at 220c or 425f for 8 to 10 minutes until well risen and browned.
  9. Remove the buns from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
  10. For the burger patties, cut the cheddar cheese into 1cm blocks or just less than half an inch, and cut the streaky bacon rashers into thirds.
  11. Portion the beef into 45g portions. Working with one portion, flatten it into a disc 1cm thick. Press a block of cheddar into the center of the meat.
  12. Lightly press a piece of bacon onto either side of the patty. The heat of the pan will laminate the bacon to the beef and contain the melted cheese.
  13. For the garnish, slice a pickled gherkin at an angle, trim the stems from a handful of baby spinach leaves, and slice 20 slices of tomato.
  14. In preparation, cut the buns and lightly butter both sides. Place a slice of tomato on each bun followed by a couple of spinach leaves.
  15. Heat your pan over medium high heat and fry the patties in batches for 3 minutes per side until well browned and the cheese is visibly melted inside the bacon and beef.
  16. Remove the patties from the pan and transfer a patty to each bun. Top each patty with a couple of slices of gherkin, put the lids on the burgers and secure them with toothpicks.
  17. Transfer the burgers to platters and serve immediately.


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