What can I say about these awesome griddle burgers? These burgers are messy. These burgers are dripping with juices. These burgers are wrapped in flavor. Better yet, these burgers are just a hot, delicious 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 trying a straight barbecue sauce in place of the ketchup mixture. 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. Have fun!
BLT Burgers with BBQ Ketchup Sauce
1/4 Cup Ketchup
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard
1 Tablespoon Barbecue Seasoning
Heat griddle to 350 degrees.
Stir ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard in a bowl until blended. Season with barbecue seasoning. Taste and adjust if more barbecue flavor is desired. Set aside until ready to use.
1 1/3 lb Lean Ground Beef
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Pepper
8 Slices of Bacon
4 Sesame Hamburger buns, Split
4 Lettuce Leaves
4 Tomato Slices
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 and enjoy.