Spring is a time of new beginnings, of new relationships and one of the peak wedding seasons. Let's take a step back in time though ... before wives and girlfriends, before kids, to a time when all that mattered was a quick and easy dinner with minimal cleanup that tasted awesome and could be made for just one person. When meals consisted of frozen entrees and freezer fries?
Do you remember those bachelor days now?
One of my favorite treats back then was a burger and fries - usually with something over the top to make it even more "bachelor". Over the years, burgers have become even more elaborate with "gourmet toppings" including peanut butter and jelly, eggs, exotic cheeses, extra meats, and more. My favorite though has always been to create an ultimate burger that is crunchy, a little bit sweet, and super spicy.
Today, I am calling this concoction the "Bachelor Burger" ...
While I appreciate the benefits of fresh, hand packed burgers and fresh ingredients today, back when I was a bachelor I lived out of the freezer section. That's where I found the "crunchy" today ...
I simply LOVE Alexia's Crispy Onion Rings and I was excited to also see the new Rosemary Fries (only at Walmart). but for this recipe I was going for something fiery and that meant I needed to grab a bag of Spicy Sweet Potato Fries to go along with the Onion Rings.
Not only do these fries and onion rings taste great, but they are made from high-quality, all-natural ingredients so they are better for you than some of the alternatives. Plus they come in a ton of different flavors so there is sure to be a meal that they are perfect for.
The other items on my shopping list included:
- Frozen Angus Burger Patties
- Spicy Pickles
- Spicy Sweet Jalapeno Slices
- Sweet Baby Ray's Chipotle Honey BBQ Sauce
- Jalapeno Ketchup
You might also want to grab some pepper-jack cheese and bacon, but I kept things simple tonight and since I am not as young as I once was, avoiding these items helps keep the recipe relatively healthy.
The first step is obviously cooking up the burgers. While you can obviously cook these in any matter of ways including firing up the BBQ grill or throwing it in a skillet.
Back in the day I enjoyed my "George Foreman Grill" but today I have something better - the OptiGrill that simply kicks butt at grilling up burgers and letting the fat drain away.
Assembly is easy - I like to start with placing the BBQ sauce directly on the patty, followed by layers of jalapenos, pickles and then topped with onion rings to give that perfect crunch.
To finish things off, serve it with the Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and jalapeno ketchup.
It's that easy!