Cheddar Bacon and Caramelized Onion Burgers

Bacon Cheddar Burger


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This gourmet burger puts fast food versions to shame. Treat yourself to a burger done right with this recipe.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 40 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. onions, sliced into rings
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 lb. sliced bacon, frozen 1 hour
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
  • 1 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 slices extra-sharp cheddar
  • 4 hamburger buns

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To caramelize onions: 
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook onions with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, covered, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, 15 to 20 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low, then add vinegar, scraping up the brown bits on bottom of the skillet, and cook, uncovered, stirring, until liquid evaporates, 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a small bowl and keep warm, covered.

To make the burgers:

Preheat indoor or outdoor grill. 

Meanwhile, cut frozen bacon crosswise into eight sections and distribute evenly in bowl of a food processor, then pulse until finely chopped.

In a large bowl, distribute bacon evenly over beef and drizzle mixture with Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle evenly with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

Combine mixture as gently and thoroughly as possible with your fingers (be careful not to overmix). Form into 4 patties, about 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick.

Brush cut sides of buns with butter.

Oil grill rack, then sear patties while covered only if using a gas grill until browned, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Turn off the burner if flare-ups occur. 

Turn burner to low heat and grill, covered, turning once, until they reach 155°F on instant-read thermometer, about 4 additional minutes total. 

Top with cheese and transfer burgers to a clean platter.

Grill buns, buttered side down, until grill marks appear, about 1 minute.

Assemble burgers with buns and accompaniments, topping cheese with caramelized onions.



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