Right now my house smells of love. Sure, I love my beautiful wife. I love my incredible twin toddlers. But you can’t put a smell on THAT type of love. (That would just be weird.) The love I’m referring to is the beautiful aroma of bacon that’s filling my home right now. Most of my friends know that every month is National Bacon Month at our house. A great example is what we have on the menu for dinner tonight. Real Bacon Burgers accompanied by Truffle Bacon Fries. A special thank-you goes out to Whole Foods Market who helped me out by supplying the bacon, and a few other key ingredients.
I know what you’re asking yourself right now. What’s the difference between a Real Bacon Burger, and a hamburger patty with a couple slices of bacon on top? Well, I’m going to show you. You see, for as easy as it should be to cook a regular hamburger, it’s not. Grilling is actually an art. There’s a balance between lean to fat content, how it’s cooked, seasoned, and even thoughts on how much the meat is handled before it’s cooked. Yes, making a simple hamburger is almost a science. With that thought in mind, I’m going to give you the formula for a great bacon burger. Actually it’s the recipe for an AWESOME burger because it has two of my favorite ingredients; Bacon and Cheese!
Just a word of warning: If you are the type of person who likes their bacon extra crispy, this recipe is not for you. The solution? Use an 80/20 blend of ground sirloin, and add your bacon already cooked!
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REAL BACON BURGERS
Ingredients (makes 4 burgers)
1 lb Ground Sirloin, 93/7
1/2 lb Whisky Cheddar Cheese
1– The first thing we want to do is find some nice ground meat. For a juicy burger, you would normally pick out an 80/20 lean to fat blend- but we’re thinking outside the box. We are going to use a very lean ground beef. Why? Because we’re going to ADD the fat. That’s right. When I say we’re making bacon burgers, we’re actually putting the bacon IN the burgers! This means that:
- We have a nice juicy burger.
- It tastes incredible, and
2– Pick a bacon with some flavor. (That’s flavour for our Canadian friends.) There’s a lot of different brands out there, but we chose Whole Food Market’s 365 Everyday Value Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon. It’s uncured, Applewood Smoked, and has just the right balance of lean and fat for what we want to do. The goal is to not only add fat back into the sirloin, but a great taste as well. What tastes better than bacon.
3– I decided to not add any additional seasoning to the meat because I wanted to see if the bacon would do the job that I intended it to do. I was not disappointed. Feel free to decide yourself, but DO NOT ADD SALT UNTIL THE BURGERS GO ON THE GRILL! Salt is a hamburger’s enemy. It pulls moisture from your meat, and that’s the last thing you want to do!
4– Take 1/8 of the sirloin/bacon mixture and press it into the bottom of a ring mold. You can forgo the ring and do them by hand, but personally I’m a fan of uniform sized patties.
5– Add your cheese right in the middle of the patty. I chose the Whisky Cheddar from Whole Foods Market, but feel free to use your favorite.
6– Top it off with another 1/8 portion of your mixture and press down to form your patty.
7– Preheat your grill. You want it HOT!!!
8– Season one side of your burger and put it seasoning side down on your grill.
9– Flip your burger when it looks like it’s grilled about 1/3 of the way through.
10– Season the top of your patty and then flip, grilling until the burger is cooked through and the cheese is ooey-gooey. (Yes, that’s a technical cooking term).
11– Take them off the grill and let them rest on a plate covered loosely with foil for about 7 minutes.
12. Lightly grill your buns, and then put together your burgers with toppings and condiments.
13– Fight off the neighbors who show up unexpectedly to share in your grilling
Speaking of enjoying. Here are some fun bacon facts for you to enjoy while you munch on your burger!
What are your favorite things to add bacon to? Comment below and let us know!