Poor Man’s Filet Mignon

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
Kansas is a leading beef producer, so this is a fitting recipe for our state. Our family, including the grandchildren, loves this hearty main dish.


  • 4 slices bread, crumbled
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried celery flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 12 bacon strips


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Form into 12 patties. Wrap a bacon slice around the sides of each patty and secure with a toothpick.
  2. Place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, basting frequently with remaining barbecue sauce the last 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 314 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 1000mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.