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Fried Green Tomato Burgers

By Paula Deen

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground chuck
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons plus 2 teaspoons for tomoatoes Paula Deen House Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon for frying bacon renderings
  • 1 large cut into 1/2-inch thick slices green tomato
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup self rising cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 slices monterey pepperjack cheese
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 4 split and toasted onion rolls
  • thousand island dressing
  • for frying vegetable oil
  • salt

Directions

For the burgers: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, about 350 degrees F. Spray a grill rack with nonstick, nonflammable cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the ground chuck, Worcestershire sauce and 1 1/2 teaspoons House Seasoning, stirring to mix well. Form the mixture into 4 (4-inch) patties. Grill the burgers, covered with the grill lid, to desired degree of doneness, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

For the tomatoes: In a medium nonstick skillet, pour the oil to a depth of 1/4-inch, and the bacon renderings and melt over medium heat.

Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt. Soak in the buttermilk. In a small bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour and 2 teaspoons House Seasoning. Dip both sides of each tomato slice in the flour mixture. Add the tomatoes to the hot oil and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

To assemble the burgers: Place 1 cheese slice over each patty. Place 2 slices bacon on the bottom halves of each onion roll, top with the hamburger, a fried green tomato slice and the desired amount of Spicy Thousand Island Dressing. Cover with the onion roll tops. Serve immediately.