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Like many people, when bacon enters the picture, I usually go big or go home. This bacon cheeseburger is no different, because I pile bacon onto the patty, sneak it into the sauce, and even toast the bun with it. In this recipe, I go big and go home, because the absolute best bacon cheeseburger I've ever tasted is always the one I make myself.

Best Bacon Cheeseburger

Like many people, when bacon enters the picture, I usually go big or go home. This bacon cheeseburger is no different, because I pile bacon onto the patty, sneak it into the sauce, and even toast the bun with it. In this recipe, I go big and go home, because the absolute best bacon cheeseburger I've ever tasted is always the one I make myself.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

For the burger sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard or dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 slices thick-cut bacon cooked, bacon fat reserved

For the bacon cheeseburgers:

  • 24 ounces 1 1/2 pounds freshly ground beef chuck
  • 4 soft hamburger rolls split
  • 4 slices American or cheddar cheese
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 8 slices tomato

Instructions

To make the burger sauce:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Stir in 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat. Set aside.

To make the burgers:

  1. Form ground beef into 4 patties, about 6 ounces each, slightly wider than the buns. Press the center of each patty to make a slight indentation with your fingertips. Season liberally with salt and pepper on all sides. Set aside.

  2. Brush hamburger rolls on inside surfaces with rendered bacon fat and set aside.

  3. Heat 12-inch skillet over high heat. Add remaining rendered bacon fat to skillet. Add burger patties and cook, turning occasionally, until crusted. The center of each burger should register at least 120 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. 

  4. Top with cheese and continue cooking until cheese is melted and burgers register 135 degrees for medium or 145 degrees for medium well. Transfer to a large plate.

  5. Wipe out skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add burger buns and toast until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  6. Spread burger sauce on both sides of burger buns. Place patties on each bottom bun. Top with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and bun tops.