Prepare your frying station. If using a dutch oven, fill it with about 3 to 4 inches of oil. If using a cast-iron skillet or heavy-duty skillet, fill it with an inch and a half of oil. Don’t overfill either vessel because once you add the rolls, you may risk the oil bubbling over and causing a major fire. 2020 is already shot to hell, we don’t need to add you burning the house down to that list.
Rinse and dry the fresh arugula. Place it in a bowl or Ziploc bag, and keep it cold until ready to use.
For the garnish, simply mix the Everything Bagel Seasoning and kosher salt together until combined. Set aside.
For the sauce…add the mayo, mustard, ketchup or chili sauce, hot sauce, chives, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic powder to a small bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust as needed. Add the honey for balance if necessary. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
FOR THE BACON CHEESEBURGER MIXTURE
In a large heavy-duty or cast-iron skillet, brown the chopped bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 7 to 10 minutes. Scoop out the crispy bacon, leaving just 2 tablespoons of leftover bacon fat in the skillet. With the skillet still over medium heat, add the diced onions to the skillet and season with flaky kosher salt, black pepper, and rushed red pepper flakes. Scrape up any delicious bacon bits left in the bottom of the pan. When the onions have softened, about 5 to 6 minutes, add the ground beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces. While the meat is still pink, season the mixture with granulated onion, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, dried parsley, and chili powder. Continue to cook the ground beef until browned and the juices have evaporated. A very small amount of natural fat will be left, but it won’t be enough to where you’d have to drain it. This process will take about 10-15 minutes. Just be patient with it. Once all that meat juice has evaporated, and the meat starts to really sizzle and sear, pour in the beer and scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Allow the beer to evaporate and cook all the way down, about 3 to 5 minutes. Taste the mixture, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Toss in the cooled crispy bacon, and toss to combine.
Turn the heat off, and transfer the meat and bacon mixture to a bowl big enough to fit it. Add the worcestershire sauce, mayo, mustard, scallions, chipotle + adobo sauce, and chopped pickles. Stir to combine, then give it a taste. It shouldn’t be extra wet, but it should be moist. If you need to add just a touch more of mayo, mustard, and ketchup do so now. Taste it again, adjust. When you’re satisfied, cover the meat mixture with either foil or plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge to chill for an hour.
While the meat is chilling, thaw your egg roll/spring roll wrappers on your counter during that hour.
After an hour, remove the meat mixture from the fridge and stir in the cheese. Open the package of wonton wrappers, and keep a piece of plastic wrap or moist paper towel nearby to drape over the pile of wrappers as you work to prevent them from drying out. Lay the wrappers down with one of the corners facing you. Place 1/4 cup of the mixture in the very center of the wrapper, and slightly flatten it into a small log about 4 to 5 inches long. Place a slice of the American cheese on top.
Moisten the edges of the wrapper with water and gently fold and seal them shut, making sure there are no air pockets and there’s no way the meat can seep out during the fry.
When all of the rolls are made, cover them with either a slightly damp paper towel and place them in the fridge while you heat the oil to 350 degrees F. When the oil has reached 350 degrees, gently fry 2 to 4 egg rolls at a time, until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Immediately after they come out of the oil, sprinkle them with the Everything Bagel + Salt seasoning.
Serve with the sauce and fresh arugula, and live your best life.
Air Fryer Instructions:
Spray each roll generously with cooking spray and air-fry at 400 degreees (or the best temperature according to your air-fryer) until golden brown.
Freezer storing tips:
Uncooked: Lay each uncooked bacon cheeseburger egg rolls flat on a baking sheet and freeze until set, about an hour. Then pile them into an airtight Ziploc bag and freeze for up to one month. You want to freeze them individually first, otherwise, they’d stick together (and not in a good way) and make it very difficult to separate later. Trust me, it’d be a mess.
Cooked: You can fry these all up now and store them in the freezer. Simply reheat in a 350 degree oven or air fryer, and they’ll be good as new.