Smoky Bacon Burgers

Recipe by Two Socks
READY IN: 25mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 12
    cup onion, very finely chopped
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 2
    teaspoons salt
  • 1
    teaspoon pepper
  • 1
    teaspoon liquid smoke (I prefer mesquite)
  • 4
    slices thick cut bacon
  • 4
    large hamburger buns, lightly toasted
  • 4
    slices tomatoes
  • 4
    leaves lettuce
  • 4
    slices kraft singles cheese (optional)
  • grilled onion (optional)
  • jalapeno (optional)
  • A.1. Original Sauce (optional)
  • barbecue sauce (Any other favorite toppings or condiments etc.) (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Combine the ground beef, onion, egg yolk, salt, pepper, and liquid smoke in a medium bowl and mix well.
  • The mixture should be soft, yet hold its shape.
  • Add up to 1/2 cup bread crumbs if mixture will not come together.
  • Mix with your hands-- like a man should!
  • Feel free to add small amounts of any other seasonings you think would add to the flavor.
  • I like to add a bit of minced garlic, seasoned salt, cayenne, etc.
  • Have fun with it.
  • Divide the mixture into four equal portions and form into patties that are about the diameter of the buns you'll be using.
  • This should make them fairly thin and large.
  • Wrap a slice of bacon around the center of each patty and secure with toothpicks.
  • Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours to chill and firm up the patties.
  • Bring patties up to room temperature while preparing a hot fire in grill.
  • Throw on a few water-logged mesquite wood chunks and grill the burgers to your liking, removing the toothpicks before turning over.
  • While the burgers are on the grill, lightly toast the buns under the broiler or on the grill.
  • Be sure you have the large hamburger buns, not those puny ones like you see in McDonald's happy meals.
  • You're making man-sized burgers here!
  • Place the hamburger patties, buns, tomatoes, lettuce, and anything else you want to use to build your burger, on individual plates and let each person make their own.
  • These burgers go great with potato chips, macaroni salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob for a fantastic Summer meal.
  • A chocolate pudding or slice of cream pie makes a great dessert.
  • This recipe can be doubled or tripled or whatever to serve as many as you need.
  • Enjoy!
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