Prepare Diner Style Burger Sauce (Yields 1 Cup):
Combine all ingredients and mix. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Prepare Bacon Onion Magic (Yields ½ Cup):
Warm a large sauté pan over medium heat then add vegetable oil and diced bacon and render till crispy. Remove the cooked bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the skillet. (Reserve the remaining bacon fat for another use, if desired).
Return the pan to medium heat and add the unsalted butter. Once the butter is melted add the sliced Vidalia Onions and continue to cook over medium low heat until the onions are lightly caramelized, stirring occasionally. (About 15 Minutes)
Once the onions are soft and caramelized, return the crispy diced bacon then add the balsamic, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium low heat until jam-like consistency is achieved. (About 10 Minutes)
Remove the jam from the heat and reserve until ready to make the burgers. (You can use them warm, or completely cool overnight in your refrigerator to use the following day.)
Warm a double burner griddle over medium high heat. Season the griddle with 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil to prevent sticking. (About 10 Minutes)
While the griddle is warming up, roll your ground beef into 12 loosely formed 3-oz. balls and set aside. Once the griddle is hot and seasoned take the ground beef balls and smash them onto the griddle top using a very flat large heavy bottomed metal spatula. Season with salt and pepper and cook undisturbed until well browned on the griddle side (About 1 Minute).
Flip the patties and top each one with ½ Tbsp. of Bacon Onion Magic, then lay 1 cheese slice on top. Continue cooking until the cheese is melted around the edges and the bottom of the burgers are browned. (About 1 Minute)
While the burgers are finishing, lightly toast your Martin’s Rolls then prepare them for the Smash Burgers. Spoon ½ Tbsp. of Burger Sauce on the Bottom Bun, then place 3 Dill Pickle Chips on top of the sauce. Place the Smash Burger on top of the pickles and dollop the burger with another ½ Tbsp. of Burger Sauce and complete the burger with the top bun and serve! Happy Eating!!
Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Matt Abdoo
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