Cheesy Bacony Pretzel Burgers and Dogs

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Pretzel buns are all the rage in popular restaurants right now. Wendy's has a pretzel bacon cheeseburger. Sonic has a cheesy bacon pretzel dog. Copy cat these recipes at home! Easy to substitute vegetarian products for the meat! This recipe will serve 4.

For the Buns
3/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 TB melted butter
2 1/4 cups flour
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger
1 lb ground chuck (lean beef will be healthier, a fattier beef will taste more like a fast food burger)
seasoning (you can season you burgers to your taste with salt, pepper, garlic/onion powder, etc.)
4 cheddar cheese slices
8 strips of applewood-smoked bacon
1/2 red onion
1 large tomato
1/2 cup lettuce

Honey Mustard Sauce (optional)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 TB mayonnaise
1/2 TB lemon juice

Sonic's Cheesy Bacon Pretzel Dog
4 all beef hot dogs
1/2 red or white onion, chopped
4 strips of  bacon 

Cheese Sauce
4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese 
1/2  TB corn starch
6 oz evaporated milk

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Step 1: Pretzel Bun Dough Prep

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Combine the sugar, salt and warm water in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow to bloom, which takes about 5 minutes.

Whisk in the melter butter and begin to slowly add the flour. If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, you can let it do most of the work, otherwise mix the flour in by hand and begin to form the dough.

Knead the dough by hand on a floured counter or with the dough hook for 5 minutes and form into a smooth ball.  Grease a bowl with oil and place the dough ball inside. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place for an hour. The dough will expand to twice its size.

CreationBoy-11 months ago
Tried it, the BEST pretzel burger I've EVER had!
Great burger! I love it.
ladybug411 year ago
This looks awesome.Will have to try and make it one day.
PitStoP1 year ago
Wow!! those look delish... Beautiful presentation.. =) I'm feeling hungry now..