These bacon burgers can be grilled, pan-grilled, broiled, or baked. Simple seasonings and diced bacon make these burgers juicy and delicious.
An egg and some fresh breadcrumbs supplement the ground beef mixture, but if you prefer all meat burgers, skip the egg and bread crumbs and use about 2 pounds of ground beef. Finely diced bacon gives the burgers a bit of smoky flavor and adds juiciness. The burgers are flavored with simple seasonings along with chopped onion and Worcestershire sauce. Use ground chuck, or a meat to fat ratio of 85/15 for the juiciest, most flavorful burgers.
Serve the burgers on soft burger buns or slider buns (toasted or not). For toppings, consider tomatoes, cooked bacon strips, slices of cheese, lettuce, onions, dill pickle slices, or pickled jalapeño pepper rings. See the tips and variations for a variety of homemade spreads and toppings.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 cup onion (finely chopped )
- 2 slices bacon (finely diced)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/4 cups breadcrumbs (fresh soft)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Optional: hamburger buns, toasted or not
- Optional: toppings and condiments, as desired
Pan-Grilled Bacon Burgers
Combine ground beef, onion, bacon, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix with hands until blended.
Shape the ground beef mixture into 4 to 6 burgers and dust them lightly with the flour.
Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the burgers for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, or until cooked to desired doneness.*
Baked Bacon Burgers
Follow steps 1 and 2 above.
Heat the oven to 350 F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or place a rack on the pan.
Place the patties on the prepared baking pan or rack, if using.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until they are cooked as desired.
Grilled Bacon Burgers
Follow steps 1 and 2 above.
Oil the grill grate and heat half of it to high heat or about 400 F to 450 F. The other half of the grill should be low heat.
Place the burgers on the high heat side and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until well browned. Move them to the low heat area and continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until done as desired.
- According to the USDA, the minimum safe temperature for ground meat—beef, lamb, pork—is 160 F. Cook ground poultry to at least 165 F.
- Assemble the burgers on toasted buns and offer toppings and condiments in separate bowls.
- For homemade spreads and toppings, consider a spicy chipotle mayonnaise, balsamic onion jam, pickled red onions, fried onion rings, or Louisiana-style remoulade sauce.
- For Bacon Cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on each burger about 1 minute before they're ready.