Avocados have dominated the food fad scene for a couple of years now, and while most fads fizzle out in a few months, avocados have garnered acceptance and respect almost as a new food group. Avocado toasts, avocado ice creams, avocados in salads, on burgers, avocado cream sauce pasta, in health shakes, as the base product of popular diets, there are also food trucks and entire restaurant concepts dedicated to them. This food of the gods is highly nutritious, a source of healthy fats, contains more potassium than bananas, can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, is fibrous, and contain powerful antioxidants. Enjoy this scrumptious burger guilt-free thanks to the health kick of avocado!
8 slices beef bacon
1 pound ground beef chuck or sirloin
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 or 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil, for grilling
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 hamburger buns, toasted, for serving
Thinly sliced ripe tomato, for garnish
Thinly sliced red onion, for garnish
Sliced ripe avocado, for garnish
Boston lettuce leaves, for garnish
If you will be grilling the burgers, preheat a barbecue grill to medium-high.
While the grill is heating up, cook the beef bacon on the stovetop in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it is just crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer the beef bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and set it aside to drain. (If you prefer to panfry the burgers, reserve 2 tablespoons of the beef bacon fat in the skillet.)
Place the beef, Worcestershire, Tabasco, thyme, and salt and pepper in a bowl, and toss lightly with a fork to combine. Form the mixture into 4 patties, each about 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.
When you are ready to grill the burgers, oil the grill grate well. Add the burgers and grill for about 3 minutes for rare, 4 minutes for medium-rare meat. Turn them over and grill for another 3 or 4 minutes, topping the burgers with the cheese in the last minute of cooking. (Or panfry the burgers in the hot bacon fat over medium heat for 3 minutes per side for rare meat, adding the cheese as described.)
Place the burgers on the toasted buns, and top them with the beef bacon, tomato, onion, avocado, and lettuce. Cover with the tops of the buns and serve immediately.