These burgers are messy. Dripping with juices. Wrapped in flavor. Just a hot mess.
The original recipe had 1/4 pound burgers wrapped in bacon that were cooked on a grill. First, our home-made burgers are rarely less than 1/3 pound burgers. Secondly, the more I thought it over; the more concerned I became with the idea of cooking a burger (no matter how lean) wrapped in bacon over a fire – be it coal or gas. Fire flare-ups were going to happen. There was no getting around the flare-ups. I decided cooking the burgers on a griddle, with better control over the heat and no flare-ups was the better way to go.
If you like bacon with your burger, this is a pretty darn good burger. I would also recommend using a barbecue sauce in place of the ketchup mixture for added flavor and goodness. Some grilled onions would also be good.
Yeah, I’d say this is a recipe in progress – a great starting point for some awesome burgers down the line.
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 1/3 pound lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 slices bacon
4 sesame hamburgers buns, split
4 Lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices
Preheat griddle to 350 degrees.
Stir ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard in a bowl until blended; set aside.
Shape beef into 4 patties, each 3⁄4-inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap each burger with 2 strips of bacon, crossing each other at right angles.
Place patties on the hot griddle and cook about 6 to 8 minutes, or bacon is crisp and burgers are cooked half way through. Flip and cook another 6 to 8 minutes or until desired doneness is reached.
Place the buns on the grill to toast during last 2 minutes of cooking.
Spread a little ketchup mixture on buns. Place lettuce and tomato on bottom bun, top with burger and top bun. Serve with lots of napkins.