Recipe courtesy of Mere Bulles

Macaroni and Cheese Burger

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Bechamel:

2 cups diced onions

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 cup olive oil

4 cups heavy cream

4 cups chicken stock

8 ounces unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 cups grated Parmesan

2 cups sour cream

Spicy Grilled Onions:

2 tablespoons hot sauce

1 teaspoon garlic pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 onion, sliced

Macaroni:

3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups shredded mixed cheeses

1 cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup scallions

1/4 cup diced tomatoes

1 cup elbow macaroni, cooked

Beef Patties:

2 pounds ground beef

2 teaspoons blackening seasoning

Frying and Assembly:

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying 

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup beaten eggs mixed with 1 to 2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 

4 split-top hamburger buns

8 slices bacon, cooked

2 cups dill pickle chips

Directions

  1. For the bechamel: Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until translucent, and then add the cream and chicken stock. Melt the butter in a separate pan, and then add the flour and whisk. Add the flour mixture to the chicken stock mixture and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, sugar, hot sauce and salt. Add the Parmesan and sour cream and stir. Divide the sauce in half, keeping warm. One-half will be used with the macaroni, the other half reserved for plating.
  2. For the onions: Preheat a grill to high heat. Mix together the hot sauce, garlic pepper, salt and onions. Grill until tender and translucent.
  3. For the macaroni: Stir the mustard, paprika, cayenne, white pepper and salt into half of the bechamel. Bring to a boil, and then remove from the heat. Stir in the mixed cheeses and mozzarella until smooth, and then stir in the scallions and tomatoes.
  4. Add the sauce to the cooked pasta and mix. Transfer to a 9- by 13-inch baking dish and let cool completely.
  5. For the burgers: Form the beef into 4 equal patties and sprinkle them with the blackening seasoning. Grill the burgers to your preferred doneness.
  6. For frying the macaroni and assembly: Meanwhile, fill a pot halfway with oil, and heat to 350 to 375 degrees F. Scoop large balls of macaroni using a scoop or melon-baller. Coat in the flour, then dip in the egg wash, and then finally the panko. Deep-fry the balls until the coating is firm.
  7. Toast the hamburger buns and distribute the bacon, dill pickle chips and spicy grilled onions evenly between them, on the bottom half of each bun. Next, place a patty, followed by a macaroni ball on each. Finish with a ladle of the reserved bechamel sauce on top, before putting the top half of the bun on and squishing it down slightly.

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