Burger Crawl: Beer Bros.

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Next stop on the burger train is Beer Bros. This one was my suggestion because I recalled loving it in my much younger days and had a special fondness for the beet ketchup in particular. Probably no surprise here, but Beer Bros. incorporates beer into their food; like the stout mayo and wheat ale bun our burgers were on.

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The Burger: Three of us tried the Beer Bros. Burger with smoked white cheddar and thick cut bacon and one tried the All Day Breakfast Burger, which also included a sunny side up egg and sauteed mushrooms.

The Bun: A wheat ale bun, super fresh, crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. It tasted homemade. We all liked this bun, although it did not hold up well for the Breakfast Burger which seemed to be because of the juicy sauteed mushrooms on that one.

The Patty: Thick, juicy and well-seasoned. We did agree that this patty was the most processed we’ve encountered so far.

The Cheese: A $1.50 add-on to the Bros. Burger; we tried the smoked white cheddar, which was fabulous. There was a blue cheese option also.

The Sauce: Stout mayo, which we loved. Two of us agreed that mustard would have been good here.

The Veggies: Sliced pickles, thickly sliced red onion, tomato and leaf lettuce. The Breakfast Burger had sauteed mushrooms, too.

The Extras: The bacon was SUPER thick cut and a $1.50 add-on to the Bros. Burger. The girls weren’t fans but the guys loved it.

The Side: We tried the thick cut, skin-on fries (delicious with the sides of stout mayo and beet ketchup for dipping), Caesar salad (“looked better than it tasted”) and the poutine (a small portion, called “underwhelming”).

The Price: $16 for the Beer Bros. Burger before add-ons and $20 for the All Day Breakfast Burger; poutine and Caesar salad were upgraded sides.

The Place: Beer Bros. Gastropub & Deli, 1821 Scarth Street, Regina

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Where we should try next? I’d love to hear from you.

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Bacon Double Cheeseburger French Bread Pizza

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Does this look familiar to you? It should look familiar but also different because someone made something kind of like this a few weeks ago but a few weeks ago someone also had some sunlight around suppertime to take photos of said creation. Hmph.

I could launch into a really long story about how natural light food photography in the Fall and Winter evenings in Saskatchewan is incredibly frustrating and how yes I do have a light box but natural light is prettier and I also know that if I don’t start using it soon every photo on this blog will be a black square.  That about sums it up. Will you still read when my photos are taken totally in the dark? No? OK, I’ll get on that light box soon. Promise.

Anyway, remember how obsessed how I am with those Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizzas? I decided to switch things up and use the toppings of a bacon double cheeseburger on my last attempt. And it was amazing and perfect and even better than I had dreamed. Who wouldn’t want an ooey, gooey, bacon-y cheeseburger on hot, toasty bread? Exactly. Go make yourself one!

 Bacon Double Cheeseburger French Bread Pizza

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 large loaf French bread
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup yellow mustard
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your loaf of bread in half and lay on the cookie sheet. Set aside.

Slice your bacon into small pieces. Fry over medium heat in a medium skillet until just cooked but not browned or crispy. It will finish cooking in the oven. Take the bacon out of the skillet and put in a small bowl. Set aside.

Wipe most of the bacon grease out of the skillet but leave a bit of it. Fry your diced onion in the reserved bacon grease. Once it is starting to soften, add the ground beef. Cook until the beef is browned and cooked through. Drain the excess grease if needed. Season the beef and onions with salt & pepper.

Stir together the ketchup and mustard and spread evenly on the bread. Sprinkle about ½ cup of shredded cheese on each half loaf of bread, then divide the beef and onions mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Lastly, sprinkle the partially cooked bacon pieces on top of the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, then broil for 2, until the cheese is bubbling and the bacon is crispy. Let cool for a few minutes, then slice & serve!

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Bacon Double Cheeseburger Pizza

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Time to put your stretchy pants on. 

Remember that picture in my go-to pizza dough post? This is where I tell you what was on that pizza dough.

This pizza is a dream. We like to make it for company because it is so outrageous that we want everyone to try it. A little disclosure: I never used to like cheeseburgers that much. Or beef at all, really. But something about hanging out with a cheeseburger obsessed guy makes you wonder what all the fuss is about, and one day I asked for a bite. Then I took another one, and I kinda liked it. A lot. Then we got a Five Guys, otherwise known as the holy grail of burgers. And before you know it, this “I really only eat beef a few times a year and don’t even really like it that much” girl was full out cheeseburger obsessed too.  My cheeseburger phase then collided with my pizza making phase and then this happened. You have to make this, you guys. It is so ridiculous, in the best way possible.

 Bacon Double Cheeseburger Pizza

 Makes two cookie sheet sized pizzas (recipe can be easily halved)

 Ingredients:

  • 1 batch pizza dough
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped 
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  •  Seasoning salt to taste
  •  1 cup ketchup
  •  3/4 cup yellow mustard
  •  6 cups shredded cheddar cheese

 Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil. Divide dough into two balls and stretch each out to fit the cookie sheets. Set aside.

 Cook bacon until cooked but not crisp (I love to do this on a baking sheet in the oven for ease). Let cool, and then coarsely chop. Set aside.

Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain if necessary. Add back into pan and season with seasoning salt. Remove from heat.

 In a small bowl, combine ketchup and mustard, stirring well. Spread sauce evenly on each pizza. Sprinkle each pizza with 1.5 cups of cheese.  Divide beef mixture evenly between the two pizzas, then the bacon. Finish each pizza with 1.5 cups of the shredded cheese.  

Bake for about 15 minutes, until pizzas are crisp and cheese is bubbly, then broil for a couple of minutes to crisp up the top if needed. Cool for a few minutes to set, then slice and devour.

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