Say you tell someone you just had an amazing burger…
The burger itself was perfectly seasoned and it was finished off with great mix of sweet/salty/savory toppings.
They ask what the toppings were, and you casually reply peanut butter, banana, and bacon.
You’re probably going to get one of two responses, depending on whether or not the person is a fan of Elvis and/or knows anything about his infamous love for the peanut butter, banana, and bacon combo: 1) Ewwwww, gross!, or 2) oooh, it was the “Elvis” burger!
I can’t say I’m a big fan of Elvis’ music (sorry Elvis fans), but I will say that he had pretty great (albeit eccentric) tastes when it came to food. And I can totally get on board with that.
For the actual burger part of this recipe, I used my classic burger mix: ground beef seasoned with a touch of grated onion, Worcestershire sauce, and Montreal steak spice. (If you’ve never tried that combo, give it a go…you will not be disappointed!)
I was debating whether or not to put peanut butter and banana into the burger mix or use them as toppings along with the bacon. In the end I decided to use them as toppings, but I might decide to do some experimenting with this burger again later. The end result is a really fun burger with a great balance of flavors.
The only thing I recommend about these burgers is to serve them with something a little lighter than normal French fries. (With peanut butter and bacon on a burger, the meal definitely needs a little rounding out with some veggies!) A green salad would be great, but I went with roasted sweet potato fries here to keep the fry experience, but in a lighter, more healthful way. Oh, and to trim back just a few more calories, I served this burger “open-face” or with just a bottom bun (a piece of toasted bread, actually), which also let me pile the toppings up pretty high.
If you’re sick of regular old burgers and you’re a pretty adventurous eater, give these a try!
- 1 lb (450 g) ground beef (I like to use 85-90% lean, but not leaner than that for burgers)
- 1/2 small onion, grated
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Montreal steak spice mix
- 4 tablespoons smooth, natural, unsweetened peanut butter
- 2 medium bananas, halved lengthwise and sliced into half-moons
- 4 slices turkey or beef bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
- 4 thick-cut slices of artisan bread, buttered and toasted under the broiler or on the grill
- Add all the burger mix ingredients into a large bowl and gently mix together with your hands, being careful not to over-mix. Divide the meat into 4 equal portions and form each into a patty. Grill or pan-fry the burgers until they’re cooked to your desired level of doneness.
- To assemble the burgers, place a burger on each piece of toasted bread. Top each burger with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and divide the banana slices and bacon crumbles on top.