50/50 Beef Bacon Burger


1 pound thick cut Applewood smoked bacon
1 pound 85% lean beef
4 hamburger buns
4 slices American cheese
optional toppings:
(mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, pickles)

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the bacon on foil. Make sure the bacon slices are not touching, or they will not cook properly. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bacon is partially cooked.
Remove and place on paper towels to drain the grease.

Once bacon is drained and cool enough to handle, place on cutting board and dice bacon or cut with kitchen shears.

Preheat grill to high heat.

In a large bowl combine bacon and beef. Mix until combined. Form mixture into 4 patties, not too thick or they will not cook evenly. Using your thumb, make a slight indentation in center of patties on one side to prevent it from doming up in the center.

Place patties on the grill, make sure they are not touching.  Grill burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side. Flip and grill for 3 to 5 minutes depending on your preferred doneness. Top with cheese for the last few minutes.

Meanwhile, Brush your buns with butter and toast on the grill. Cook until golden brown with grill marks.

Serve with your favorite toppings.
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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