OK, so you’re sick and tired of all the television and radio ads that promise you the greatest, most delicious, satisfying bacon Burger you have ever struggled to fully wrap your two hands around at “this or that” popular, fast food joint, only to be disappointed by what actually arrives, which is quite often something hardly recognizable as a bacon burger and upon the first bite, more often than not, something that you quite easily … and probably should just put in your car’s “ash tray / waste receptacle” … and then rather unceremoniously dumped out and rinsed off upon returning home.
So for all of you out there who have yourselves a nice monthly bacon club membership, here’s a great way to just Do It Yourself and really enjoy the fruits of your minimal labors! Enjoy!
Special Note: If you prefer to garnish your burger with items like lettuce, tomato, pickles, relish, sliced onions, then have enough garnish available for 4 burgers!
1 pound prime, ground beef
2 whole-grain hamburger buns
8 slices nitrate-free gourmet bacon
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
2 large grade AA egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup minced onion
1 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. sea salt (about 1 teaspoon)
1 tsp. black pepper (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 splashes of red Tabasco Sauce
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
In large, heavy ovenproof skillet, cook your bacon over medium heat until moderately crisp, but still flexibly intact and bendable. (Approximately 3 minutes per side)
Remove bacon from heat and pat excess grease off with paper towels on a cool plate.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, Worcestershire, eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion, cayenne pepper, Tabasco Sauce and mix well.
Form the hamburger mix into 4 nice big patties.
Reheat the skillet that used to cook the bacon on medium-high, retaining about 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease in the pan.
Sear the patties for about two minutes on each side.
Now place the skillet in the oven and allow the patties to cook for another 5 minutes or so, or until done to your personal taste and preference.
As the burgers are looking “just about done, place a slice of each cheese on the top of the burger to allow it to melt into the burger.
Assemble the burgers, using 2 slices of bacon crisscrossed over the melted cheese, like an X over on top of each burger and don’t forget to stack 2 burgers per bun and then serve it on up with your favorite choice of additional fixings’, from lettuce or spinach to tomatoes and onions, and don’t forget some pickles and olives. Enjoy!