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A grilled burger on a pretzel bun with lettuce, ketchup, bacon, pickles and fried onions.

Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 3 burgers 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger – a juicy and delicious epic cheeseburger recipe with bacon, pickles, onion jam and fried onions!!




  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 slices American cheese



  1. Prep Toppings: prep your onion jam and fried onion strings; set aside. 
  2. Clean your Grill: Clean your grill grates and and wipe them down with oil.
  3. Preheat your Grill: Once your grill is clean and greased, preheat to High Heat (450-500 degrees F.).
  4. Mix Your Ground Beef: Place your ground beef in a bowl and add salt and pepper (and other seasoning, as desired). Mix to combine.
  5. Divide the Ground Beef: Take your ground beef and create 6 equal sized balls (you should end up with 6 patties that are approximately 5-6oz each and approximately 3/4 inches thick).
  6. Create Patties: Then use your hands to form patties (try not to overwork the meat). Try and make them a little bit bigger than your bun (if you are using one) as they will shrink a little as they cook.
  7. Create Indent with Thumb: Use your thumb to create an indent in the very center of your patty (this will help ensure the burgers cook evenly without expanding too much in the middle).
  8. Season Lightly: Sprinkle patties with a little more salt and pepper.
  9. Cook on Direct Heat 6-7 Minutes Total: Place patties on direct heat (directly over flame) for 3-4 minutes. Flip and continue to cook on direct heat or until an internal meat thermometer reads between 135-145 degrees F (approx. another 3-4 mins). This will result in a medium-rare center.  For Medium: cook 3 minutes on the first side and 5 minutes on the second side. For Medium-Well cook 3 minutes on the first side and seven minutes on the second side. For Well-Done cook for 4 minutes soon the first side and six minutes on the second side.
  10. Don’t Press Down: Do not press down on the burgers with your spatula. This will release juices that we want to keep in the burger.
  11. If Making Cheeseburgers: If you are making cheeseburgers, move your burgers to indirect heat and place a slice of cheese on top. Close the grill and let the cheese melt for 1-2 minutes.
  12. Let Rest: Remove from grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. This will help ensure your burgers are nice and juicy!
  13. Build Burgers: place lettuce on top of the bottom bun followed by your cheeseburger, ketchup, bacon slices, burger pickles, onion jam and fried onion strings. Place the top of the burger bun on top and dig in!


  • Burger Seasoning: if you want something more than the classic salt and pepper seasoning – try our Burger Seasoning instead!
  • Fried Onion Strings: if you don’t want to make these from scratch you can simply omit or buy a store-bought version. 
  • Dairy-Free: to make this recipe dairy-free simply opt for a dairy-free cheese slice.
  • Gluten-Free: to make this recipe gluten-free simply use your favorite gluten-free hamburger bun.