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Rocket Burger

The name of my burger is derived from the nickname for Arugula, often referred to as Rocket. The Rocket Burger will transport you to another world, it is so good! The creation of the burger came from a few food items I had in my fridge that I like. Excellent paired with a shiraz or merlot, because of the amount of garlic and sharpness of the arugula!


1 lb Applewood Smoked Bacon, thick cut
2 lbs Fresh Ground Round
13 oz Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam (1 jar/divided)
fresh ground sea salt and cracked black pepper
6 round Ciabbata Rolls (these are available at your local bread bakery, or buy two loaves and cut them in thirds to fit your burger/patti size)
1 tub Organic Arugula
2 5 oz Cheese boxes (garlic/herb)
total ingredients:
8 including the salt and pepper!


Heat the grill on high, place a skillet or small sheet tray on the grill to cook bacon. Start the bacon ahead of the burgers. When the bacon is crispy remove and place between paper towels. You can reheat them at the last minute if you like. While the bacon is cooking, make the burgers(2lbs will yield 6 large burgers) Combine the fresh ground round with 2 tablespoons of the Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam, and salt and pepper to your liking. Form into six 1/3 lb patties. Grill the burger's medium well on medium heat, turn heat down if they start to burn. Cook 5 minutes on each side, turn again 2 minutes on each side. If you have room on your grill while the burgers are cooking place the split buns around the outside to toast just slightly. Remove them and spread generously with the garlic and herb cheese on both the tops and bottoms. When the burgers are finished. Build your burger. Place a burger on the bottom of each bun, then the applewood smoked bacon, then a spoonful of  roasted garlic and onion jam, then a nice small bunch of arugula(rocket) and top with the ciabbata roll that has been lathered with Boursin. In this case, it's not over till the fat lady sings, so go for it!


I even make this for my 16 year old son and his friends. I am considered the MOM that the boys love to visit because we serve really good food. They can't have the wine, but that's my reward! What makes these burgers so easy is the convenience of using already seasoned and spiced sauces and spreads (and consistency.) Along with good quality beef and fresh bread, the arugula takes it from boring lettuce to a better level of taste. The applewood smoked bacon adds just the perfect flavor balance. While the wine is the icing in this cake! This is the burger of the 21st century and beyond....