There's nothing more American than a bacon cheddar burger. Our editor's favorite recipe doesn't mess with a good thing, keeping it simple while having all the key flavors.
The big tricks are using charcoal, cooking the meat to medium and letting the patty rest before serving.
The Real American Bacon Cheeseburger
Makes approximately 6 servings and takes an hour.
- 3 pounds 80/20 ground beef
- 6 to 8 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 kaiser rolls
- Softened butter, for spreading, plus 2 tablespoons
- 6 slices Cheddar
- 6 slices cooked bacon, halved
- 6 thick slices of red onion
- 12 thin slices of tomato
- 12 thick slices of dill pickle
- Place the beef into a medium mixing bowl. Add hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. With clean hands, mix the meat gently. Do not over-mix. Set aside.
- Next, slice the rolls in half and spread each half with some softened butter. Place the rolls face-down on grill over very low heat. Lightly grill the rolls so they're nice and golden. Let the rolls cool on a plate until you need them.
- Heat charcoal grill to medium-high heat.
- Form the beef mixture into 6 patties, sprinkling garlic powder and onion powder on top
- Place patties on grill. Allow each to cook about 4 minutes on the first side, flip them and place a slice of Cheddar on to melt.
- When the patties are done medium-rare to medium, remove from grill
- Place lettuce and red onion on bottom of kaiser, then place patty on top of onion. Add 2 slices cooked bacon, sliced tomato and sliced dill pickles on top of patty. Top the other half of the roll with yellow mustard and Heinz ketchup.