The Big Mama, Big Bang, Big Kahuna Burger!

Your mouth will stretch twice it’s normal size in order to bite into this bad boy!  The burger lives up to it’s name:  The Big Mama (because it was for me, while Bill had his own concoction), The Big Bang (for the fireworks of the 4th of July), and The Big Kahuna (in attempts to duplicate a burger that I enjoyed in Hawaii in May).  It’s big, bad (in a good way), and incredibly delicious!
Yes, that is a chopstick inserted half way down to hold the monster burger together; toothpicks weren’t long enough!  I ended up eating it with a fork and knife, being unable to manage it by my hands alone without looking like a freak.
The Big Mama, Big Bang, Big Kahuna Burger
7 oz. (each) corn-fed ground beef patties
2 slices thick-cut, hickory smoked bacon, fully cooked until browned
pepper jack cheese slices
large hamburger buns, TOASTED (if not, the buns turn to mush!)
Thousand Island dressing
dill pickles (hamburger slices)
1/2 avocado, sliced
tomato, sliced
onion, sliced
ketchup and mustard
Grill the burgers, seasoned the way that you prefer.
Place cheese slices on top of each burger during the last 30 seconds on the grill and no more than that or the cheese will drip right off into your grill.
Toast the buns.
Spread Thousand Island dressing on both insides of the buns.
Layer lettuce and onions on first.
Lay the burger/cheese on top next.
Lay the bacon on next.
Layer on the tomatoes, pickles, and avocado slices.
Close up the burger, wrap with wax paper, foil, or insert a chopstick in the middle to hold it together.  

And now how about the coleslaw?  Well, it’s a copycat type of recipe from a famous chicken restaurant.  The recipe is all over the web and so we decided to try it.  The flavor is just about identical and the reviews/comments on the web-sites declare that it IS identical to the real deal cole slaw.  Here’s how to make it:
Cole Slaw
1 head of cabbage, finely chopped (this makes a ton of cole slaw, so you might want to divide this recipe in half).
1/2 cup finely shredded carrots (I doubled this)
2 Tbsp. minced onion
Dressing:  (I doubled this)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 whole milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Mix everything together and let set for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
This is the very simple way in which we dine and eat on the 4th of July.  Just a simple grilling of burgers and/or hot dogs with a fresh veggie side dish and a cold glass of iced tea.  Nothing fancy, complicated, or gourmet; just classic grilled burgers and/or hot dogs . . . and we love it that way.  
Afterwards we sit back, watch fireworks, and feel gratitude for this great country!
Happy 4th of July!

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  1. Holy Toledo Roz! That sure is one big Kahuna! Perfect for 4th of July celebrations I would expect. I’m salivating! LOL

    Happy 4th of July to you and your family.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  2. Girlfriend, you definitely out did yourself today!! MERCY! I’m in loooove!! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Holy cow.. I want a video of someone eating that burger please?? LOL I’d have to eat it in layers. :)

    It’s beautiful!

  4. So Carolina with the slaw. They always ask if “you want slaw on it?” Meaning BBQ, but why not a burger. I would have to eat this bad boy with a fork too. Great burger Roz. Happy Independence Day.

  5. This look absolutely amazing ! really and make me hungry!!! IU want one or the middle maybe!!LOL
    Look nice! Hope you had a lovely Independence day! gloria

  6. Wow, what a burger! Hearty in deed! I just love how you prepared it. Makes me proud to be American. We have the best burger anywhere! Happy 4th to you all!

  7. Oh my goodness – everything you make is a mouthwatering work of art! Thank you for sharing your amazing food with all of us!

  8. ahhhh, my mouth is watering!! this is definitely what 4th of july should taste like. -Viv

  9. That burger looks so delectable, and the recipe is something I can actually handle. Love the cole slaw too. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.

  10. I would happily stretch my mouth to eat a burger that had all those yummy things. The avocado is a nice touch.

  11. Bestill my heart:D

  12. Burgers are my absolutely year round favorites. The slaw looks goooooood too!! Yum!

  13. Wow that is one huge burger and with all the good stuff! Like the sound of that slaw as well…buttermilk sound interesting here :)
    Hope you had a great 4th!

  14. now that is what i cal a burger! How amazing with all those flavors. Love the addition of avocado which i normally do on sandwiches and not burgers but now i will be trying it

  15. Now that is what I call a burger! It’s only 8am here but I am about to whip out the ground beef and have a burger for breakfast. It looks so good!
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  16. Now that’s a burger.

  17. hi roz, wow that burger looks so delicious! wish i could make that for dinner hm.. maybe i will have to move what was originally for dinner tonight until tomorrow so i can enjoy this tonight! thanks for sharing the recipe

  18. That certainly is one giant burger–it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.

  19. Now that’s a burger! FANTASTIC!

  20. The hamburger looks perfect, I wonder how many fats and calories could I get when I eat that =) I am lucky I have my Free Nutritional Calculator on my website

  21. Wow! Looks like it calls for the widest bite i could ever have! :D — like hey mouth you’ve gotta open wide. Great pic!

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