These are the BEST bacon burgers ever! These juicy hamburgers are loaded with bacon and the perfect seasoning blends and only take 25 minutes to make. They’re so good they put popular hamburger joints to shame.
Complete the meal with crispy potato wedges, watermelon feta basil salad or feta corn salad, and refreshing watermelon juice for the perfect summer meal.
Why This Recipe Works
Maximum Bacon Distribution
I wasn’t on board with wrapping a hamburger patty in bacon because I wanted the ground beef hamburger patties to be cooked through and have nice color on either side. This bacon burger recipe is the perfect fix because we semi-cook the chopped bacon and add that to the meat mixture (with other very delicious things) and everything cooks evenly. You have the bacon distributed throughout your hamburger patty, fully immersing the delicious bacon flavor throughout.
Flavor Packs a Punch
There is NO shortage of flavor in these bacon burgers — plus, add your favorite burger toppings and it’s love at first bite. We add tons of flavor by adding the bacon, but we also add some grill seasoning and Worcestershire sauce to really tenderize and provide HUGE flavor.
8 Slices of Bacon: You can use thick slices of bacon if you’d like. The key is to chop the bacon into small pieces.
Ground Beef: Ground chuck is 80/20 and usually a good ratio for patties and that’s what I use. I know that seems like a lot of fat, but most of it will render out as you cook it. This specific ratio produces a very moist and juicy patty. Beef chuck is around the 80/20 ballpark so if you see that, get it.
Grill Seasoning: I love McCormick mesquite so that’s what I used. However, if you have a grill seasoning that you love, use that!
Worcestershire Sauce: This adds the most amazing flavor to this meat! Worcestershire sauce enhances the beefy flavor in the meat and marries beautifully with the salty bacon.
Making Bacon Burger Patties
- Cook the bacon and onion in a skillet over medium heat. Don’t cook the bacon to the crispy stage or else as the bacon cooks with the burger it will get too dry.
- Transfer the bacon and onion to a large bowl and add the ground beef, grill seasoning, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce to the bowl. Add a pinch of salt and pepper — for good measure.
- Form the meat mixture into 6 patties and place the patties on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place the patties in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes. This helps them hold together better while cooking.
Cooking the Burgers
- Remove the patties from the fridge.
- To grill: Place the cold patties on a grill heated to medium-high heat, about 375°F and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. Ground beef should reach an internal temperature of 160°F before consuming.
- To cook in a cast iron skillet: Place a small drizzle of olive oil in the skillet and cook the cold patties over medium to medium/low heat for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. Use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature.
Don’t overcook the bacon with the onion. You don’t want the bacon to reach the crispy stage because the bacon will finish cooking with the patty.
You don’t HAVE to add additional salt and pepper to the ground pattie mixture. With the combination of bacon, and depending on the grill seasoning used, your patties may have enough saltiness to them as is.
Chilling the hamburger patties will help hold them together when they’re cooked.
No need to bring the patties to room temperature before grilling or cooking them. Cooking the patties cold helps hold the patties together and keeps them nice and juicy.
Use an instant read thermometer to ensure your patties have been cooked to the proper temperature and to ensure they aren’t overcooked, which results in dry patties.
Take your burger to the next level by toasting the hamburger buns on the grill!
- Dill pickles/Relish
- Barbecue Sauce
- Raw or Grilled Onion Rings
Store leftover bacon burger patties in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
In the microwave: place the patty on a microwave-safe plate and heat until warmed.
In the oven: Place the patties on a wire rack nestled into a baking sheet. Place in a 400°F preheated oven and cook for 3 minutes, flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Heating time will depend on the overall thickness of each bacon burger.
Yes. You’ll just have to make sure it cooks through. This is why we partially cook the bacon so that we don’t overcook the burger trying to make sure the bacon is fully cooked. The bacon will continue cooking inside the patty as the patty cooks.
It’s super easy! This recipe only takes 25 minutes. We dice the bacon and add it into the ground beef patty mixture — with some delicious seasonings — to create the perfectly juicy and most delicious bacon burger you’ve ever had!
The fat ratio is key in getting a juicy hamburger. I recommend 80/20 or 90/10, somewhere around there.
We use a bit of grill seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, plus garlic, onions and chopped bacon for these best tasting bacon burgers!
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- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 8 slices bacon - finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons yellow onion - finely minced
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef 80/20
- 1 tablespoon grill seasoning - I used McCormick mesquite
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper
- In a skillet over medium heat add the oil, then add the bacon and minced onion. Cook until onion is translucent, and bacon is slightly cooked- it won’t be fully cooked or crispy (about 5-7 minutes cook time). Transfer to a medium bowl.
- Add the ground beef, grill seasoning, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to the bowl and mix until combined. *
- Form into 6 patties. Place patties on a baking sheet or pan lined with parchment paper. Place patties in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes. (Helps hold patties together).
- Remove from fridge and grill patties for 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. ** Top with cheese if desired.
- Serve on a bun with lettuce, purple onion, tomato, mayo, and ketchup (if desired)!
2 Comments on “Bacon Burgers”
This recipe turned out even more delicious than I had anticipated. My partner raved about the flavor the whole time we were eating and said it was the best home-made burger he’s ever had in his life. I don’t have an outdoor grill so I cooked everything in a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop. I caramelized some onions and sliced mushrooms in the bacon grease as a topping prior to cooking the burger patties. I think this is my new go-to recipe for burgers and I will probably forego carryout in favor of these most of the time.
SUPER good burger. Love the bacon mixed into the meat mixture.