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Bacon Cheeseburgers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

4 servings

Where can you get a juicy burger that is so superior to drive-thru fare? Right in your backyard with this delicious bacon cheeseburger recipe. —Jackie Burns, Silverdale, Washington
Bacon Cheeseburgers Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon steak sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 8 cooked bacon strips
  • Optional toppings: lettuce leaves and tomato, onion and pickle slices

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  2. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 3 in. from the heat for 4-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top with cheese. Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on buns with bacon and toppings of your choice.

Bacon Cheeseburger Tips

What’s the best type of ground beef to use in bacon cheeseburgers?

Choosing the right type of ground beef isn’t as cut and dry as you may think. Depending on your cooking method and desired level of doneness, you may want different ratios of fat to lean meat. Here in the Test Kitchen, we prefer an 80/20 blend for a medium-rare burger. For a medium-well burger, we go with a 70/30 blend instead. Learn more about which ground beef is best for your burger.

What is the best kind of bacon to put on bacon cheeseburgers?

Our Test Kitchen-preferred bacon brands include Nueske’s, Hormel, Wright and Benton’s after putting several popular bacon brands to the test. Give our favorite way to cook bacon a try—in the oven! Learn more about why we thought these bacon brands are the best.

How else can you cook bacon cheeseburgers?

Don’t limit your cheeseburger consumption to grilling season in the summer. Check out our guide to pan-fried patties and enjoy these bacon cheeseburgers by cooking then on the stove all year round. You can also cook them in the oven or in the air fryer.

What else can you put on bacon cheeseburgers?

These bacon cheeseburgers are delicious on their own, but a spread of toppings can ensure everyone can personalize their burger just how they like. We love pickled red onions, fried eggs, a tangy slow or a garlic aioli. Here are our tips on how to make your burger even better!

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 472 calories, 25g fat (10g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 947mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein.

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