Wait! Hear me out. I know you are thinking, “Who would want to eat something called a “‘Fat Boy’ burger?!” But I swear, it has nothing to do with size or calorie count or after effects. It really is just a name. Let me explain…
I was introduced to the Fat Boy burger by my parents. But they weren’t responsible for the name either. It was originally named for a burger on the menu at Tohuy’s, a biker bar in Shakopee, MN (now closed). All the burgers on the menu were named after Harley-Davidson motorcycles and among them was, of course, the Fat Boy. The Fat Boy burger at Tohuy’s was 3/4 pound of beef, topped with fried onions, a huge slab of cheese and topped with a spicy, buttery miracle sauce. This monster burger was big enough and heavy enough that when my parents went they ordered one and divided it 35/65 and shared french fries.
The version of the Fat Boy I offer here is much more modest by all accounts and might even be considered a relatively healthy equivalent that still tastes mouth-wateringly amazing. And for those of you vegetarians out there – you can substitute a black bean burger or other veggie alternative and still have an amazing meal.
The Fat Boy Burger
1 lb. ground bison, divided into 1/4 lb. patties
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 c. mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 pieces of cheese (cheddar, monterary-jack, or colbie)
4 whole wheat buns
2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. Frank’s Hot Sauce
1. In a medium pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add green pepper, onion, mushrooms, and garlic and cook until soft, about 6-8 minutes.
2. Spray a skillet or grill pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat (in the summer you can also use a grill!). Place bison patties in the pan and cook until done to your taste.
3. While the burgers are cooking, melt 2 tbsp. butter and whisk together with 3 tbsp. Frank’s Hot Sauce. (You can actually make as much sauce as you want – you’ll just want to keep to the 2:3 ratio).
3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Scoop some of the veggie mixture onto each of the burger patties and top with a slice of cheese. Allow cheese to melt. It should hold the veggies on top of the burger. Remove and place directly on to buns.
4. Drizzle with Frank’s Hot Sauce mixture. Serve with fries and salad.
XO – Rae