To celebrate National Burger Month, Rockit Bar & Grill and Rockit Burger Bar are hosting their 9th Annual Burger Fest from May 12 – 16. Each day a different over-the-top burger is featured on the special menu, created by Executive Chef Amanda Downing.
My personal favorite is the Bacon Grilled Cheese Patty Melt Burger, which Chef Amanda has kindly allowed me to share with you. It’s a double quarter-pound Black Angus beef pattie burger, topped with Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked bacon and served on a cheddar grilled cheese bun along with a side of tomato soup for dipping and tater tots. Yum!
Heat a medium sauté pan to high heat, add in about a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add in the onions and lightly season with salt and pepper. Stir onions occasionally until golden, reduce heat slightly and continue to cook until onions are very golden and tender. Remove from heat.
Heat grill to medium-high heat, make sure grill is clean.
Lightly season each burger patty with salt and pepper. Place patties on grill and cook for approximately 2 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Add one slice of Gruyere to each patty.
Heat a large non-stick pan or griddle to medium heat, add about half of the butter, add the bread slices (do in batches if there’s not enough space to lay out all eight pieces), top each slice of bread with a slice of cheddar cheese, allow for bread to toast and cheese to melt.
Lay a piece of bacon on four of the slices, top with the other slices of bread to build the grilled cheese sandwiches. Add more butter and flip sandwiches until evenly toasted.
To assemble, place on patty on top of a grilled cheese sandwich, top with half of the caramelized onions, top with the second patty and then with another grilled cheese sandwich. Cut burger in half. Repeat with remaining set up and serve!
Recipe by Rockit Executive Chef Amanda Downing