That’s right! Fall is here and everything has become pumpkin spice something. Some people try to go against the trend and some fully embrace it… I’ve loved pumpkin ever since getting a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving every year, so I’m more than happy to jump on board with the pumpkin spice burger.
I started out questioning if I could make a pumpkin spice burger that wasn’t well… weird. After considering it for a bit, the idea of combining the pumpkin flavor with maple hit me and I knew I had to run with it.
To get the pumpkin burger started lets make a pumpkin aioli. We’ll take some canned pumpkin puree and mayo. Optionally, you can top that off with some pumpkin pie spice. You can mix this either more pumpkin heavy or mayo heavy… but I prefer the pumpkin flavor and don’t think you get enough of it otherwise. And it’s definitely not too overpowering when you get it all put together.
Maple Glazed Bacon, YUM
Next we’re going to make some maple glazed bacon, which makes an incredible fall combo with our pumpkin spice burger. It’s actually incredibly easy to make too. Just cook the bacon as you normally would (I cook it in the oven). Then 5 minutes before it’s done, pull it out of the oven and brush it with maple syrup and brown sugar (brown sugar optional but I think it adds some nice extra flavor) and put it back in. Now just try and save some of that bacon for the burger… or you may want to make some extra to eat on it its own. Trust me it’s awesome.
Finally, I’ve added some arugula to the bottom of this guy for a little spicy, fall greens. Stack that all up and you’ve got yourself an awesome, on-trend pumpkin spice burger!
Pumpkin Spice Burger
- 6 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
- 2 Tbsp Mayo
- 1/4 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice optional
- 8 Slices Bacon
- Maple Syrup
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 Lbs Ground Chuck Beef 80% lean / 20% fat
- 4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Pepper
- 4 Hamburger Buns
- Mix mayo, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice in a small bowl.
- Mix brown sugar into some maple syrup in a bowl.
- Begin cooking bacon. You can put it in a pan, in the oven for about 15-20 min at 400 degrees. Pull bacon out 5 minutes early and brush with maple syrup mixture. Put it back in the oven until done.
- Get your grill/pan/etc hot.
- Salt & pepper the ground beef and then divide into 8oz (1/2 lb) portions (or you can use smaller 6oz portions). Flatten into patties that are about 1/2 inch larger than the buns.
- Put a thumbprint in the middle of the patty so it doesn’t puff up when cooking.
- Grill your burgers about 4min on the first side.
- Flip burgers. Cook until you reach the correct temp (140F for medium), usually about 2-4 minutes.
- Add arugula to the bottom, then burger, top with pumpkin aioli and then the bacon. Enjoy!