Sunday, June 28, 2009

The best bacon Guy Fieri ever ate - a Hodad's burger

Anticipating that people will be just as excited about this week's episode of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network as they were about the "Totally Fried" episode, I thought I'd beat the rush and get some information out about "With Bacon."

This episode airs on the Food Network
Sep 08, 2009 - 9:30 PM ET/PT
Sep 09, 2009 - 12:30 AM ET/PT
Sep 19, 2009 - 6:00 PM ET/PT

And you can check the show index page or show episode guide for future episodes, and check the With Bacon episode page for future airings.

Guy's offering for this week's program is the bacon burger at Hodad's in Ocean Beach, California. Ocean Beach is near San Diego.

Hodad's - website
5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach, CA, 92107 - map
(619) 224-4623

Here's Hodad's segment from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives - "Seaside Eats"

Hodad's Bacon Cheeseburger

Yield: Makes 4 burgers

1¼ pounds lean bacon ends or thick-cut bacon (available at specialty butchers)
8 slices American cheese
11/3 pounds fresh ground beef chuck
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 (5-inch) hamburger buns
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
8 onion slices, about ¼ inch thick
8 dill pickle slices
8 tomato slices, about ¼ inch thick
1 cup shredded lettuce

To make Hodad's bacon: roughly chop the bacon. Put in a saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the bacon shreds easily, about 45 minutes. Drain. Chop the bacon fine and portion into 4 patties.

Put the bacon patties on a hot griddle (or in a hot skillet) and cover with a griddle weight (or press repeatedly with a spatula). Cook until crisp. Flip over and cook until the second side is crisp as well. Remove the weight and place 2 slices of American cheese on each bacon patty.

To make the burgers: Season the beef with salt and pepper and form into 4 patties. Heat a griddle or a large skillet. Cook the burgers to the desired degree of doneness.

Toast the buns, opened and cut side down, on the griddle. Slather 2 teaspoons mayonnaise on each of the bottom buns. Then smear 2 teaspoons mustard on top. Grab 2 onion slices and build an onion tower on each bun. Top the onions with a squirt of ketchup (this takes their harshness away). Place 2 pickle slices on the top of the tower. Next, put 2 tomato slices, then top the bottom bun off with a handful of shredded lettuce.

Place the cheese-topped bacon patties on the burgers and cover each with a bun. Set the whole thing on top of the prepped bottom buns. Wrap those suckers in a piece of paper and get to eating!

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Anonymous said...

Dora said...

Anon 2:35, thanks for the tip! I can't find any article to back up FoodNetworkAddicts claim - as soon as I do, I'll post more information about it. :) ~D

Anonymous said...

You're welcome Dora. Couldn't find any info myself, but FNA seems pretty good at finding tidbits of info here and there. Good luck

Anonymous said...

Dora, I used to post as Anonymous (including earlier today), Satchel, and Buckykatt. I've apologized to you online. I hope that you'll forgive me. I won't be a Guy fan anytime soon, but I do appreciate your site. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah Dora, I know all of the places that Guy visited here in Houston. Been to most of them. All of them ROCK.

Dora said...

Haha Buckykatt, I'm glad to hear the producers of DDD have made solid restaurant choices, even if their choice of hosts doesn't suit your tastes. :)

And thank you for your forthright comments on Cooking with Abigail. You wrote with admirable grace, humility and honest humor. If you like, you're welcome to continue to throw me your curve balls? Let's play as friends this time.

With all respect and my best,

Anonymous said...

You've got a deal, Dora! BTW, I linked your blog in mine. I don't get much traffic in my blog, but hopefully some of it will head your way.

I will be watching DDD to see when the Houston episode(s) appear. It will be cool to see some local places show up on FN.

If I ever see any Guy info online that I think you might be interested in, I'll send it your way. Hope that you, your family, and friends all have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend. All the best!

Eating The Road said...

Hodad's was great!

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Dora said...

Anon 8:12, thank you! The past year has certainly been an evolving process. :)

Chocolate Covered Bacon said...

Hodad's burger with bacon is the best! What an interesting post, this is a great way to promote bacon for the public. A good burger for the family and kids. This is yummy and juicy burger!