While visiting family in VA, my husband and I had the privilege of enjoying a local butcher’s famous “bam-burgers”. The butcher adds extra flavor (aka fat) by grinding some smoky bacon right into the beef. It was brilliant. And delicious. (And perfectly grilled by my uncle I might add!)
Once at home, I immediately started experimenting. And let me just say, there is no downside to taste-testing bacon burgers. 😉 And I have a great recipe worthy enough to share. Topped with blue cheese and caramelized onions, these burgers don’t even need buns! And I promise they won’t disappoint.
One thing to note, in order to get the bacon well incorporated into the beef, a food processor really comes in handy. It ensures that each bite gets a little bit of that salty, smoky bacon goodness.
- 1 pound beef (ground sirloin or a sirloin cut into 1-inch chunks)
- 5-6 slices thick-cut bacon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Freshly cracked black pepper
- Toppings of choice:
- 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Add the sliced bacon to the food processor and pulse a few times. You want to give the bacon a head start grinding up before adding the beef. Slowly add in the ground or cubed beef. Continue pulsing until all the meat is ground.
- Divide the beef-bacon mixture into 4-5 even portions and shape into burger patties. Cover the patties with plastic wrap and chill the patties until ready to grill. (Don't make these patties more than a day ahead of time unless you freeze them.)
- While the burgers are chilling, saute the onions over medium heat in oil. When they start to turn golden brown, add in the salt and sugar. Continue to cook until they are sweet and caramelized.
- Preheat your grill, grill pan or even a skillet to medium high heat.
- Season each side of the burger with about 1/8 teaspoon of salt and sprinkle with pepper before placing on the grill. Cover and cook about 3 - 4 minutes per side.
- Top each burger with 2 tablespoons of blue cheese and a tablespoon or so of caramelized onions. Serve with toasted buns, if desired.