Memorial Day feels like the start of the grilling season for most of the country. I use my grill year round -- sun, rain and snow! We had some family over, and I like to add a little something special to whatever I'm cooking. This is the burger recipe I produced for our Memorial Day BBQ.

BBQ bacon burger

  • 1# 90/10 ground beef - grass fed or free range, if you can get it
  • 4 oz good quality bacon - I used peppered
  • 2 tablespoons favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon BBQ spice mix
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Take your bacon and dice it roughly. Put it through the grinder attachment of your mixer, grinding it twice. If you don't have the equipment, chop the bacon coarsely, place in fridge for 10 minutes. Repeat this process until it's very finely ground.

When bacon is finely ground, add it to the ground beef. Add bbq sauce and spices. Mix until bacon, sauce, spices and beef are completely incorporated. Weigh mixture to desired weight and form into balls and return to fridge. 

Heat grill until it is very hot. Take burgers from fridge and flatten them into 1/2 inch patties. Place on grill and allow them to cook until a little bit of blood appears on the surface. Turn them over without flattening them with the spatula. Cook until they are done to your liking. I would not go past medium but this is a personal choice.

Garnish as you see fit. I like my buns toasted (pun intended!), pepperjack cheese, smoked cheddar, avocado, shredded lettuce and a herbed goat cheese spread. Enjoy.