Classic Bacon Cheeseburger

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Classic bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and a good slather of mayo makes this the perfect addition to your cook out or 4th of July party.

Classic bacon cheeseburger

All I want in life is a good cheeseburger. To me, it is the ultimate food. Packed full of flavor, texture and honestly something I can eat every day.  I am a complete sucker for them and most of my friends know that if there’s a cheeseburger on the menu, I’ll be ordering it. It is my quest in life to find the perfect cheeseburger.

Classic bacon cheeseburgers

It is also my quest to make the perfect cheeseburger. And yes, I have made many fine burgers in my life but a good, classic cheeseburger with simple toppings is one of the many joys in my life. But then you add bacon and it feels like Heaven and Earth have finally aligned (shout-out to Echosmith). But, and it’s a big but, you have to use the very best bacon you can find to make the best bacon cheeseburger.

I can not tell you how much of a difference it will make to your burger if you use seriously good bacon. If the bacon you normally cook releases a lot of water or that disgusting white, gel-stuff, you’re not cooking real bacon. Real bacon should be dry-cured, slowly smoked and should taste like all kinds of sexy in your mouth. And if it’s cut from the belly (streaky bacon), all the better. We don’t got no time for back bacon on a burger.

Classic bacon cheeseburgers

How to make the best bacon cheeseburgers

So now you have really good bacon, I bet you think I’m going to tell you to use the very best cheese you can find. Wrong! I am of the belief that the very best cheese for a classic bacon cheeseburger is the plastic, weirdly-textured stuff you buy already sliced from any supermarket (processed/American cheese). Of course you can go for mature cheddar or mozzarella if you really want but there’s something charming about those slices of cheese and their melting capability is what I’m after here and so I love using them on these burgers.

Make sure your buns are toasted (I love sesame rolls but any good brioche/potato roll will work well here). Use fresh, crunchy lettuce (shredded or whole), a juicy, charred beef patty and some tomato if you like (which I don’t). A pickle or two and maybe a few strips of red onion, and your golden. Now pick up that burger with both hands in what I like to call the “burger grip” and get eating.

Have you made this cheeseburger recipe? What are your favorite burger toppings? Comment and rate below.

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Bacon and cheese burgers
Classic bacon and cheeseburger
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Classic bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and a good slather of mayo makes this the perfect addition to your 4th of July party.
Course: Burger, Cheeseburger, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, burger, cheeseburger
Servings: 4
Calories: 806 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
for the burger patties
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 500 g beef mince
  • large handful fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
for the cheeseburgers
  • 4 slices American/Processed cheese
  • 8 slices bacon cooked to your preference
  • fresh lettuce
  • ripe tomatoes sliced
  • 4 tsp mayonnaise
  • 4 butter-toasted bread rolls
Instructions
  1. Fry the onion in a large frying pan in a splash of olive oil until golden brown. Add the garlic and fry for another 30 seconds then remove from the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Mix the cooled onions with the beef, parsley, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper. To test the seasoning, fry a teaspoon-full of the mixture in the pan you cooked the onions in. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  3. Divide the mixture into 5-6 (depending on how you big you want the patties), and form patties with wet hands.
  4. Place on a tray lined with baking paper and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
  5. When the patties have rested, heat a large cast iron pan/griddle pan until hot then cook the burgers until charred and cooked to your preference. (You can also cook the burgers on a braai/barbecue.)
  6. Remove from the heat, top with the cheese and cover with foil for 2 minutes.
  7. Top the buns with a generous spoonful of mayo, lettuce, tomato, the patty with cheese and finally bacon.
  8. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Classic bacon and cheeseburger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 806 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 85%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 181mg 60%
Sodium 1663mg 69%
Potassium 588mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 5.5%
Vitamin C 3.4%
Calcium 35.4%
Iron 28.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • 2pots2cook
    Reply

    Pinning the beauty !

  • Reply

    Gorgeous photography, delicious burger! Sharing on FB later today!

  • Jess
    Reply

    I love cheese burgers – I also always order them whenever I can.
    Also – “should taste like all kinds of sexy in your mouth” – ba ha ha ha – I need bacon like that in my life.

    And if you could just bring me one of these for lunch today, I would be eternally grateful.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      😉 Glad you liked that one! You MUST come get some bacon from G&F. Your life will never be the same again.

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