Kobe Beef Gouda Burger

You will bite off more than you can chew with this mountain of goodness. But you won't be able to help yourself! All of the elements and flavors combined - the crunchy, soft, smoky, juicy - are to die for. Plus it looks beautiful! It's definitely unique in flavor. 

Meat for 2 burgers:
1 pound Kobe ground beef
2 tsp Hickory liquid smoke
3 tsp salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
2 tsp sweet and smoky rub
1 tsp dry parsley
Mix the seasoning together with the meat in a bowl. Then separate it into two patties. Pack it nice and firm or it will fall apart on the BBQ. Make the center of the patties a little thicker than the sides - that way you will hold the juices in there. Don't make them flat as pancakes!

Grill them on the BBQ at 350 F.
After 15 minutes - brush on a layer of sweet and smoky Kansas BBQ sauce.
The patties are done after about 25 minutes in total. To check the internal temperate, use a meat thermometer. A good medium rare burger has a temperature of 145 F.
When it gets closer to 145 F it's time to add one slice of gouda cheese on both patties. Don't leave your patties unattended now since the cheese will quickly melt and create a mess if you don't take them off the BBQ!

In a pan, fry 6 Apple wood smoked thick cut bacon slices until they are nice and crispy!

1/2 sliced red onion
1/2 cut up Anaheim long green chili pepper
2 cut up mushrooms
Use the bacon fat that is left in the pan to saute the red onion, mushrooms and Anaheim chili. Add a dash of olive oil if you wish. Let it all simmer together for a few minutes. Then add 1/2 tsp garlic salt. You want the onion, chili and mushrooms to have a crunch to them but a nice brown seer. Keep stirring to make sure that it cooks on all sides.

Simple but delicious sauce:
A couple of scoops of mayonnaise
A couple of scoops of sriracha
Mix it together.

Putting your burgers together:
2 hamburger buns - I prefer the softer Hawaiian style buns
Add a layer of the sauce
Put on your patties with the cheese.
Grab a big chunk of onions, mushrooms and chili peppers and add on top of the cheese.
1 tomato slice from a large tomato
3 slices of sweet and spicy pickles on each burger
Criss cross some of the bacon slices on there.
Optional - a couple of squirts of wasabi sauce.
Drizzle some BBQ sauce on top.