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Best Bacon Cheeseburger

This Bacon Cheeseburger is always the one I make myself. And bacon shows up everywhere: I pile bacon on the patty, sneak it into the sauce, and even toast the bun with it.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1252kcal


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 cooked bacon thick-cut, bacon fat reserved

For the bacon cheeseburgers:

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


To make the burger sauce:

  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Brush hamburger rolls on inside surfaces with rendered bacon fat and set aside.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Wipe out skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add burger buns and toast until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Spread burger sauce on both sides of burger buns. Place patties on each bottom bun. Top with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and bun tops.


Calories: 1252kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 101g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 1675mg | Potassium: 953mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2593IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 6mg