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Surf N' Turf Burger (Grilled Burger with Lobster and Bacon)

Surf N' Turf Burger (Grilled Burger with Lobster and Bacon)

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Surf N' Turf Burger (Grilled Burger with Lobster and Bacon)

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:1 hour
Total time:1 hour
This recipe appears in: The Burger Lab: How To Make Surf & Turf Burgers (Bacon- and Lobster-Topped Burgers)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound cooked lobster meat, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more for assembling
  • 1 teaspoon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 20 ounces freshly ground beef, divided into four 5-ounce patties
  • 4 toasted hamburger buns
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • 8 slices crisply cooked bacon

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine lobster, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and chives in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. 2

    When ready to serve, season burger patties generously with salt and pepper and cook burgers to desired doneness on a hot grill or in a skillet on the stovetop, 125°F for medium rare or 135°F for medium, topping with cheese for last minute of cooking. Let burger patties rest for 5 minutes off heat.

  3. 3

    Top bottom buns with mayonnaise, tomato, and lettuce. Top with burger patty, then divide lobster salad mixture evenly between burgers. Top each burger with 2 slices bacon. Close burgers and serve immediately.

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