Paul Bunyan Burgers Recipe
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Paul Bunyan Burgers Recipe

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This is one of my go-to grilling recipes. To make these burgers faster, substitute canned mushrooms and bacon bits. —Jo Reed, Craig, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 3 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 thin onion slices
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 slices process American cheese
  • 3 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 797 calories, 55g fat (22g saturated fat), 229mg cholesterol, 1653mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 46g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. In the drippings, saute mushrooms and onion until tender. Transfer to a large bowl with a slotted spoon; add bacon.
  2. In another bowl, combine the egg, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, salt, pepper and horseradish; sprinkle beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into six 1/4-in.-thick patties.
  3. Divide bacon mixture among three patties. Top with a cheese slice; fold in corners of cheese. Top with remaining patties; seal edges.
  4. Grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 5-6 minutes a side or until a thermometer reads 160° and meat juices run clear. Serve on buns. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Paul Bunyan Burgers in Quick Cooking March/April 2000, p10

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"Amazing burger! I used deli American cheese and substituted for turkey bacon instead."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"Wow, these were so good. I used portabello mushrooms and they were so moist and delicious. They were huge, I cut them in 1/2 and they were still a lot to eat."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"This is the best new burger recipe we have tried in a long time. I'm not a big fan of mushrooms so we left those out. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"While I was making these, I kept thinking, the end result had better be worth it because they are rather time consuming and messy. Just bit into one and yes it was well worth it. They taste amazing. I used sliced baby bella mushrooms because they are meatier and I didn't feel like lighting the grill so I broiled mine on high for 5 minutes each side."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"We thought this was especially good! I added a little garlic powder and garlic salt instead of plain salt. A treat! I also spread some BBQ sauce on top as I was grilling."

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