Texas Squealer

Texas Squealer Burger

Texas Squealer

Although the main focus for Taste of the Teams is to concentrate on ubiquitous foods that dominate the cuisine for an entire city, or even throughout an entire region, this burger is an example of one specific eatery that has created something that attracts diners from far and wide to the port town of Seabrook just Southeast of Houston. Tookie’s Burgers opened back in 1975 serving up a huge range of burgers using mostly locally grown and raised ingredients, but the standout here is a burger known as the Squealer. Stuffed with bacon and jalapenos this burger has such a Tex-Mex feel to it that we just had to select this to represent the city of Houston whose food identity has become more of a melting-pot of cultures.

  • 16 oz Package of Bacon, halved lengthwise
  • 2 Jalapenos, chopped roughly
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef (80/20)
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • 8 oz Block of Pepper Jack Cheese, sliced thinly
  • 4 Kaiser Rolls
  • 1 Small Onion, sliced
  • 1 Large Tomato, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • BBQ Sauce

Spread bacon pieces into a large skillet and bring the heat to medium. Allow the fat to render out of the bacon and transfer pieces to a paper towel-lined plate when slightly crispy. Keep the skillet on medium heat to utilize the bacon fat for frying the burgers. Transfer bacon and jalapenos to a food processor and pulse until everything is broken up pretty fine. Use a spatula to transfer the contents into a large bowl. Add the ground beef and all of the spices to the bowl and mix well with hands until the spices are incorporated throughout, being careful not to over process the meat. Form four equal patties into 5” round by 1” burgers and transfer each into the skillet. Cook for 5-6 minutes and flip to cook the other side. After 3 minutes place a cover over the skillet to melt the cheese. Once the cheese is melted and gooey transfer the burgers to a cutting board to cool down. Immediately transfer the onions into the bacon fat and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until onion is softened. Place lettuce on bottom half of bun, place burger on top, and then finish with cooked onion, tomato slices and bbq sauce.