The Ultimate BBQ Bacon Burger
International Bacon Day doesn’t only make us excited because it’s a celebration of our favorite meat candy, we also get excited about it because it signifies the last big hurrah before the end of summer. Sure, the kids are already back in school, but the sun is still out late and IBD is always on a Saturday. That’s the perfect excuse to throw a bacon barbecue! And you can’t have a barbecue without burgers, right?
Burgers are such a great dish, because you can put anything – and everything – on them. So we loaded up this International Bacon Day burger with tons of smoky, spicy flavors in order to bring back the summer flavors that you’ll be missing in the coming season. So whip up some bacon mac n cheese, bacon potato salad, and pour yourself a cold glass of bacon soda to enjoy the Ultimate BBQ Bacon Burger with.
The Ultimate BBQ Bacon Burger Ingredients:
MAKES 4 BURGERS
1 package bacon, thick cut, divided
1/2 pound ground beef
4 Bacon Sausage Patties (or regular sausage patties)
4 King’s Hawaiian® Original Hawaiian Sweet Hamburger Buns
4-8 slices smoked gouda or cheddar cheese
Backyard Barbecue Kettle Brand Potato Chips Backyard Barbeque®
Guinness® Bacon BBQ Sauce (or other BBQ Sauce)
Pepper to taste
The first and most important thing to do when making these burgers, is cook the bacon. We used our Cajun seasoned bacon, but really anything would be great. Something spicy like the cajun, jalapeno, or BBQ adds a nice layer of flavors to this burger. Lay 4 strips of bacon on foil-lined baking sheets. Place in oven and set temp to 375° F. Bake until crispy, about 10-15 minutes until your desired crispness. Place cooked strips on paper towels and allow to cool. Drain the grease and set aside for use in the Guinness Bacon BBQ Sauce.
Next, you’ll need to make a batch of our tasty Guinness Bacon BBQ Sauce. If you don’t have time to make the sauce, you can substitute with your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce. Something smoky and spicy would be perfect.
Prepare your burgers by chopping up the remaining uncooked bacon and mixing together with ground beef. Add pepper to taste. Divide your meat into 4, even patties. Spread a little bit of BBQ sauce on all 4 patties, and on your sausage patties as well. Cook all of the patties on the grill to your desired doneness, flipping once or twice, adding a fresh coating of BBQ sauce after each flip. After the last flip, place 1-2 slices of cheese on top of the hamburger patties and allow to melt.
Before assembling your burgers, spread a little bbq sauce on both sides of the buns. Top the bottom bun with a a cheeseburger patty, 1 slice of bacon cut in half, sausage patty, a handful of Kettle Brand Potato Chips Backyard Barbeque®, and the top bun. Serve with left over potato chips.