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.
- 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.