Most of the time J and I agree on what TV shows we’re going to watch. Usually its hockey but on occasion I like to change the channel to anything food related. Weeknight evenings a show called eat st. is on and I have slowly become hooked. Here in Vancouver we don’t have a huge selection of food trucks so it’s nice to see what the rest of the world has to offer. Recently there was an episode on a big pink truck called Barbie Burger. I was just about to change the channel since I hate pink or anything too pink and I bet Barbie doesn’t even eat burgers, until I heard the words peanut butter and bacon. My thumb screeched to a halt and hovered over the channel changing button to find out if my ears were playing tricks on me but my eyes were seeing people lined up and devouring juicy, drippy, cheesy burgers. How did Barbie come up with such a great idea? Maybe it was Ken who told her. Since I don’t have the time or money to go all the way to Nashville, Tennessee where the real Barbie Burger has made its home, I decided to re-create this at home.
- Lean Ground Beef
- Steak Spice (they used salt pepper and garlic, steak spice worked perfectly)
- Apple wood smoked bacon, or any bacon, diced
- Burger buns
- Creamy peanut butter
- Cheddar Cheese
- Thinly sliced red onion (they don’t use, but I think it’s a great addition)
My mom, on occasion, used to top her toast in the morning with peanut butter and bacon and this really reminds me of those special mornings when we were able to have a bacon-y treat. This essentially is a bacon cheese burger, minus vegetables, plus peanut butter so the “wow” factor wasn`t what I was expecting. The peanut butter is actually really subtle but surprisingly good. I think the addition of a few pieces of red onion is important, if you like onion. It adds a nice tang to the burger which would probably be a little flat since bread, bacon, beef and peanut butter are all pretty level and neutral flavour.
I really liked this burger, it was fun to make and fun to eat and also was a conversation piece but it probably won’t be a regular rotation on my burger nights. If you want something different to make, give it a shot!