These burgers were amazing. I got the idea from The Frugal Girl, who had just posted about her own experience trying out this recipe. I looked it up right away on the Cook’s Country website (it may expect you to sign up for a 14 day trial membership — I didn’t get this message two of the three times I searched for the recipe, but one time I did…) because I thought this might be just the thing for our 4th picnic food. And it was. Everything else we had was pretty simple (but good), but these burgers knocked it out of the park. The recipe uses a technique where the bacon is cooked inside of the burger. I’d heard of this before, but never tried it out — we don’t eat a ton of burgers, so I tend to not be very creative. Cook’s Country has a bit of a twist in that you grind the bacon to a paste and then cook the ground up bacon for about five minutes to help render out the fat and give it a head start on cooking. It works. And it’s actually really simple. Michael loved these so much that he thinks we should make up big batches for the freezer. These seem a little decadent to me for a part of the regular meal rotation, but at the same time…if my husband wants to get in on some meal prep, I will not complain!
Some things I did differently than what is called for in the recipe:
- I used 4 slices of thick-cut bacon
- I used 93% lean ground beef
- I added a little Worcestershire sauce and Montreal Steak seasoning to the beef mixture
- I did not compose my patties on a cookie sheet
- I didn’t use any cheese at all, they were rich enough as is
- When I make these again, I will make slightly smaller burgers — these were huge!
All in all, I highly recommend this recipe if you are looking for a really good, but not totally crazy (I was just reading about a bulgogi burger…) new burger recipe.
This year I am committing to trying out at least one new recipe every week, inspired by Frugal Girl. They’re all tagged “new recipe Thursday” should you want to see all the posts on this subject for some reason. 😎