Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffle

Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffle

I'm not much for hyperbole. So it's with great seriousness that I declare Casino El Camino makes the best burger in the entire world. Hands down. There are like a half-dozen other burger joints tied for second.

Now I judge my burger solely by the meat. But for a waffle burger, it's all about the bun...er...batter. Otherwise, why would you even put it in a waffle in the first place?

So it is also with great seriousness that I declare this here to be the best waffle burger in the world. Hands down. There are like a half-dozen other recipes out there tied for second.

But I can't take the credit for this creation alone. The inspiration for the batter comes from Jonathan Melendez's Fried Chicken and Waffle Sandwich recipe. I just decided that this would go much better with a hamburger than with fried chicken. Adding shredded cheese to the batter gives it just a hint of cheesiness without overpowering the burger. Full disclosure here: I'm not much of a cheeseburger fan. Again, I judge a burger solely by the meat.

 

Ingredients for bacon cheeseburger stuffed waffle

So to start off, we'll prepare our lovely batter. It's pretty much the same as your typical buttermilk batter with a few ingenious twists: crushed bacon, shredded cheese, and green onions. As you'd expect, it isn't meant to be too sweet. We'll substitute brown sugar for white.

Now the culinary cognoscenti wax eloquently about the virtues of a particular mixing sequence, separating egg whites from yolks, whisking until still peaks form and whatnot. Since I can't discern what difference any of that stuff makes, I choose to keep it simple — just mix dry and wet ingredients together. Done.

 

bacon

Had you at bacon, eh?

 

dry ingredients for bacon cheeseburger stuffed waffle

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

 

adding wet ingredients to bacon cheeseburger stuffed waffle

Now add the wet ingredients.

 

mixing bacon cheeseburger stuffed waffle batter

Mix everything together well, but not too vigorously. Don't disparage the lumpiness.

 

bacon cheeseburger stuffed waffle batter

Now we're ready to get cooking.

 

burger patties cooking on the flat grill

Somewhere in here you'll need to cook your burger patties. Again, this is all about the bun, so I won't have much to say except they should be about 4 inches in diameter and no more than an inch thick.

 

preheating The Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron

Making a stuffed waffle with The Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron is pretty simple. First step is to preheat the device. I usually do this at low to medium low so that it doesn't get too hot and burn the cooking oil.

 

greasing The Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron

Speaking of cooking oil. Go ahead and lift off the top pan and rub some on the bottom pan. You'll want to do this between every three waffles or so that you cook at a time. 

 

pouring batter

Now add just enough batter to cover the indentions along the bottom pan.

 

batter just beginning to bubble

Now go ahead and crank the heat up to medium and let the batter just begin to bubble. It shouldn't take much longer than a minute from when you first added the batter for this to occur.

 

adding burger patty

Now add the burger patty. Depending on how thick you cut things, you can also throw in a tomato slice or something as well.

 

covering the patty with more batter

Top it off with more batter. Just up to the top rim.

 

greasing top pan

Now make sure you grease the top pan.

 

flipping the waffle iron

Close the device with the top pan and flip it over to the other side to distribute the batter evenly inside.

 

checking waffle for doneness

After it has cooked for about 3 minutes on each side, it should be done. You can check doneness periodically by lifting up the top pan.

 

holding the device by the scissor handles

Remove the top pan and pull out the cooked waffle using the handles on the scissor assembly.

 

opening the scissor handles

It's called the scissor assembly because when you separate the handles, it opens up like scissors to let the waffle fall out right into you hand or plate.

 

opened bacon cheeseburger stuffed waffle

Enjoy this with another great idea from Mr. Melendez: eat this with some mustard maple sauce (about 1 part spicy brown mustard, 1 part yellow mustard, 1 part maple syrup or to taste).

 

Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Waffle

Yields about 4 stuffed waffles

 Ingredients Directions
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 6 slices crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 sliced green onions
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 4-oz burger patties, approximately 4 inches in diameter and no more than 1 inch thick
  • optional: sliced tomato, lettuce leaf, mustard maple sauce (see above)
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add wet ingredients to the dry mixture.
  3. Mix with a mixing spoon until well mixed but lumpy
  4. Heat stuffed waffle iron on low heat for about 4 minutes
  5. Remove the top pan and place aside on a pot holder
  6. Lightly grease the bottom pan along its waffle indentions
  7. Pour enough batter to just cover the bottom indentions. Lifting and rotating the device as needed to distribute the batter along the bottom pan
  8. Increase to medium and add burger patty, pushing down into the batter with your hand if necessary
  9. Pour more batter over the patty to just at the top rim
  10. Lightly grease the top pan
  11. Close the top pan over the device and flip it to its other side
  12. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, lifting the top pan periodically to test doneness.
  13. Lift out and remove cooked stuffed waffle from the device by placing index finger and thumb through the scissor assembly handles and opening them to release the stuffed waffle
  14. Enjoy!

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