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Cowabunga Beef Burgers with Yummy Yammy Fries

Cowabunga Beef Burgers with Yummy Yammy Fries
PREP TIME
23 min
COOK TIME
36 min
YIELDS
8 servings

Smoky bacon cheeseburgers with spicy sweet potato wedges.

Tip: Look for small bottles of Club House Mesquite Rub/Marinade in the spice aisle of your grocery store. (It’s a wet paste, not a dry spice mix.)

Per serving (1 cheeseburger with 1/8 fries): 491 calories, 20 g total fat (8.9 g saturated fat), 34 g protein, 48 g carbohydrate, 5.4 g fibre, 87 mg cholesterol, 979 mg sodium

Tip: Chipotle chili powder is a new McCormick spice that adds smoky heat to the seasoning mix. If you don’t like spicy food, leave it out.

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Ingredients

Barbecue Sauce

½
cup ketchup
2
Tbsp molasses
2
Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
3
Tbsp mesquite spice rub (see Tip)

Mushrooms

1
Tbsp olive oil
4
cup thinly sliced cremini or button mushrooms

Patties

2
lb(s) (907 g) extra-lean ground sirloin
3
slices (raw) reduced-salt bacon, finely minced
8
soft, whole-wheat hamburger buns
8
light cheddar cheese slices
Other burger toppings as desired: ketchup, mustard, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.

Yummy Yammy Fries

2
Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
½
tsp ground cumin
½
tsp chili powder
½
tsp paprika
½
tsp chipotle chili powder (see Tip)
¼
tsp garlic powder
¼
tsp onion powder
4
medium sweet potatoes
3
Tbsp olive oil
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Directions

Step 1

To make sauce, whisk together all sauce ingredients in a small pot and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in non-stick skillet. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm.

Step 3

Preheat gas grill to high setting. To make patties, combine beef, minced bacon, and 2 tbsp barbecue sauce in a large bowl. Mix gently using your hands. Shape meat into 8 patties.

Step 4

Brush grill rack lightly with oil or spray with cooking spray. Grill burgers over hot coals until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook them or they’ll be dry. Baste both sides of burgers with barbecue sauce during last couple minutes of cooking.

Step 5

Top with cheese slices, close lid, count to 10 and remove from heat! Serve burgers on whole wheat rolls with sautéed mushrooms and your favourite burger toppings.

Step 6

Combine all spices: grated Parmesan cheese, ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, chipotle chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder, in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 7

Preheat oven to 450ºF. Wash potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Do not peel them.

Step 8

Slice each potato into french-fry-like wedges (about 10 fries per potato, depending on the size of the potato). Toss fries in a large bowl with olive oil until well-coated, then toss with spice blend.

Step 9

Spread fries evenly on a non-stick baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 8 minutes. Turn fries over and bake an additional 7 minutes, or until tender. The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fries. Make sure you don’t over-bake them, or they’ll be soggy.

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