Hickory Bacon Avocado Burgers

Is anyone else able to take a shot like the one above: an unorganized mess of recipes downloaded and printed out so as not to be forgotten?  I have mini-piles of these everywhere – my desk at home, my desk at work, the dining room table, the back seat of my car, my computer bag, the end table in the living room, the kitchen counters, above the refrigerator, on the refrigerator, and most likely one or two by this point underneath the refrigerator.

The need I have for a tangible copy of any recipe I intend to make is overwhelming and insurmountable.  It’s not enough to bookmark the site and come back to it later.  I must have a printed copy of it in my possession.  Forget the fact that I have so many now it’s nearly impossible to find the one that I’m looking for in the sea of papers.  I’ll spread the things all over the damn bedroom floor and spend twenty minutes on a search before admitting to myself the need for a simple organizational Saturday.

Luckily, this recipe did not come from the web.  It was born from a need to put food in my belly and the lack of initiative required to make the trip four blocks to my local Rock and Roll Ralphs.  There’s generally always some ground meat and some kind of roll to be found in my kitchen.  On this particular night there was also an avocado which, thanks to the help of a brown paper bag and an apple, had ripened to the point of perfection.  For the leftover hickory sauce, I recommend a slow-cooker and some meatballs.

To the trees, I offer an apology.  I’ll work on it.

Burger Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey or lamb
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and stemmed, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 firm-ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced into 8 even pieces
  • 2 tsps smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hamburger buns of Kaiser rolls

Hickory Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Combine the sauce ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Cook bacon.  In a bowl, add the chopped peppers, onion, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to the ground meat.  Crumble in all the bacon and combine.  Form four (or three larger) uniform patties and indent the centers with your thumb to keep them from bulging as they cook.   Grill for approximately eight to ten minutes, flipping once or twice. Top with two avocado slices and hickory sauce.

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5 thoughts on “Hickory Bacon Avocado Burgers

  • September 19, 2010 at 4:34 am
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    I have all of my bookmarked recipes in a word document on my computer. I find that Ctrl+F is a lot easier to navigate than trying to find some strewn on my bedroom floor. Although I do have quite a large number of things strewn on my bedroom floor that one might not believe that to be the case.

    Damn these burgers sound good. The hickory sauce is calling to me.

  • September 19, 2010 at 5:55 am
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    OMG I do the same thing! I have to print out something or it will just leave my memory forever and I will forget all about it. I do the same thing with knitting patterns that I just KNOW I will knit someday.

    To alleviate the scattered papers and my husband’s temper about the amount of crap scattered around the LR, DR and kitchen, I have three ring binders for everything. Right now I have 2 for my knitting and I use plastic sleeves for them so I can double side them. For the kitchen I have dividers for the major categories. After I make my menu for the week (on the back side of my grocery list – and yes I have a preprinted one in which I put all my staples then cross out and add each week as necessary) I pull the recipes from the notebooks and put them on my recipes stand. In addition I have a pile of Everyday Food magazines that either have colored tabs to show where the favorites are and I finally just wrote the favorites on the front of each magazine.

    It’s nice to know there are other people like me in the world 🙂

  • September 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm
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    funny how hard it is to break certain patterns. I have laminated recipe cards that came in an organizer I ordered from a tv commercial a long time ago. The company went out of business but I managed to find the other company that actually makes the cards. They’re good to use because if you make changes in a recipe, you just have to erase and replace.

  • September 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm
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    Thanks for your comments, guys. I’ve moved everything into two sectioned notebooks. Wait til you see! I’m so very proud of myself and it’s way easier to find what I’m looking for.

  • September 11, 2011 at 4:21 am
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    Your receipts are so full of calories, and taste mmmm – love it!

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