Ready for another cabin story? Well, sorry to disappoint. The only story here is that I was hungry (Well, I guess technically I WAS at the cabin). Hungry for a burger. A home grilled, oozy, gooey, flavorful burger. A BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger. And I wasn’t going to stop until I got it.
So what makes a good burger? I think we can all agree we want it to be flavorful. And juicy. And come with all of the fixings.
Of course we all like to follow those tips that make the burger juicy-don’t handle the meat too much and don’t overcook the burgers. But a lot of the great flavor comes from simply using good grassfed beef and some flavorful spices.
I happen to love cheese, but interestingly I raised not one but TWO kids who won’t touch cheese. (I know totally weird, right?) Luckily when it comes to burgers I just leave if off their burgers. But it does mean creating a “juicy lucy” style burger is pretty much out in my house. For this burger I used a thinly sliced sharp cheddar from my local deli.
Good thing I’m all about the toppings (and sauces, but more about that in this week’s Good Food Reads-stay tuned for Friday).
My entire family can agree on bacon. Mmm…bacon. The hardest part about bacon is making sure my family doesn’t eat it all before I’m ready to put it on the burgers!
I also love onions. Any onions. Raw, crispy, caramelized, breaded, battered, fried. I love them all. But for this burger I chose to use shallots, the onion’s slightly milder cousin. I caramelized them and then piled them high. (For the record, if you don’t happen to have shallots, it is fine to substitute onions, they will work just fine for this recipe)
And then top it all with BBQ sauce! BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger for the win.
Click on the photo below to pin this burger recipe to your favorite Pinterest board (because you know you’ll want to make it!)
And if you’re looking for a fun BBQ Sauce recipe, try this one, found on Smitten Kitchen! (Just beware, it makes A LOT of sauce!)
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 3 Tablespoons ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 12 brioche buns, sliced in half
- 12 thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese
- 12 pieces of bacon, cooked and broken in half
- BBQ Sauce (See link in post)
- Preheat your grill to 450ºF.
- In a large bowl, mix ground beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
- Form into 12 patties and lay out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Push a shallow thumbprint into the middle each of patty. Set aside.
- Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a cast iron skillet.
- Place the sliced shallots into the hot oil and cook on low heat stirring infrequently, but enough so that they don't burn.
- Once the shallots reach a slightly darker color and become soft and pliable (about 15-20 minutes), remove them from the heat. Set aside.
- Place the burger patties on the grill (direct high heat) and grill for 3-4 minutes per side with the grill cover down.
- Place the cheese over the burgers for the last minute of cooking, to melt the cheese onto the burger.
- Remove the burgers from the grill and let them sit for 10 minutes.
- Place the sliced buns, cut side down, onto the hot grill for 30 seconds to a minute until slightly browned.
- Place a burger into the bun, piling bacon, shallots, and BBQ sauce on top.