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Burke’s Bacon Bar at The James Hotel
610 N. Rush Street
(312) 660-7200

River North Bacon Dog

1 ea soft hot dog bun
1 ea Big Forks brand bacon hot dog
1 Tbs onion, diced
2 ea Sport peppers
1 Tbs tomato, diced
1 Tbs Chicago style relish
½ tsp celery salt
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbs BBQ bacon jam

Sear or grill hot dog, cook completely through. Place hot dog in bun, top with all toppings.

Bacon Jam

1/2 lb Bacon, medium dice
3 cups BBQ sauce
1 ea Jalepeno, charred, chopped

Render bacon until crisp, drain fat well. Add jalepeno and bbq sauce, simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning.

Bacon Burger

1/2 lb. ground beef, lean (90/10)
3 oz bacon, par cooked half way, finely ground
4 ea Kings Hawaiian savory buns
4 pcs peppered bacon strips, cooked crispy
4 pcs Jalepeno jack cheese
4 Tbs bacon mayo

Combine beef and rendered ground bacon, patty into 2 oz patties. Sear burger patties in a sauté pan until deep golden brown.  Flip over and continue to sear, top with cheese and melt. Place the cooked patty onto the bottom bun. Spread the top bun with bacon mayo. Top burger with peppered bacon.  Top with top bun.

Bacon Mayo
3 oz bacon, cooked crispy, well drained and chopped
1 oz bacon fat
1 cup mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients together.

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  • Lani anderson

    I watched Lunch break with David Burke and it amazed me that he licked his finger and then proceeded to wipe it on a rag laying there and then continued to touch the food. he also scratched his head and pushed up his glasses and handled the food after. He should be wearing gloves….and not touching anything while working with food! I would NEVER go to a restaurant where he worked! Who knows how dirty the cloth was that he was using? This is how illnesses are passed on from person to person. I can't believe that the rules of cleanliness are not taught to food handlers! Just common sense should play a role in how food handlers handle food properly, yet didn't seem to with David Burke!

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