Bacon-Avocado Burger with Chipotle Mayonnaise

We like to think of this as the Big Daddy of burgers: it’s got everything to love on a burger all in one bite. Make a double (or triple!) batch of the Chipotle mayo—it is great on grilled salmon, chicken and steak—or as dip for chips and veggies.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Chipotle Mayonnaise:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Burger:
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 slices aged white cheddar cheese
  • 4 onion rolls, sliced hotizontally
  • 4 slices beefsteak tomato, about 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 thin slices red onion
  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into 16 slices

Directions

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, lime juice, and paprika in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon and set aside.
  3. Make the burgers: combine the beef, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Gently mix to combine, taking care that you do not overwork the beef. Form the mixture into four patties about 1/2 inch thick and press your thumb down in the center of each burger to form a depression. (This helps the burgers cook more evenly).
  4. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium heat until hot. Add the patties and cook 4 minutes. Turn the burgers over and top each with a slice of cheese; cook 4 minutes