Serving Size: 1
2 frozen onion rings (like Ore-Ida)
1/4 pound ground beef
1 sesame-seed hamburger bun
2 slices Oscar Mayer pre-cooked bacon
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste
1 slice American cheese
2 tablespoons Bull's Eye Original Flavor barbecue sauce -- see * Note
* Note: you must use this brand and variety to make it taste just like
Carl's. Other brands will produce different, but still tasty results.
Bake or deep-fry the onion rings according to the package directions.
On waxed paper, form hamburger into 5-inch round patty. Freeze for at
least an hour. Keep any spares frozen until needed. Obviously you'll do
this in advance.
Preheat either an outdoor gas barbecue, or an indoor electric one. After
it is pre-heated, place the still-frozen beef patty on the grill, pressing
down firmly for 4 to 5 seconds (this will get you the grill marks). Salt
liberally. Cook for 3 minutes (gas) or 5 to 6 minutes (electric).
Eyeball it -- if it looks ready to turn, turn it.
Toast the faces of the bun (top and bottom) on a 375 degree electric
griddle. They should be an even tan color.
Microwave the pre-cooked bacon slices 35 to 45 seconds to crispen.
Spread 1 tablespoon of the barbecue sauce on the faces of each toasted
bun, top and bottom. Place the cooked onion rings after the sauce on the
bottom bun. Next stack the cooked beef patty, then the cheese and the 2
bacon slices, crossed over each other like an X.
Top off the sandwich with the top bun.
This recipe yields 1 Carls' Jr Western Bacon Cheeseburger