There are times in life when you want to eat healthy, times when you want everything you consume to be all-natural, low in fat, and maybe even vegetarian. In these times you push all your cravings and desires aside for the benefit of your diet.
This is not one of those times.
This time we're thinking of one of the most gluttonous dishes one could ever create, and showing you how to make it. That’s right — it’s time to make the ultimate bacon-wrapped burger, all five slices of bacon and a quarter-pound of beef of it, grilled to perfection and served nicely on a toasted sesame seed bun.
What makes our burger the ultimate? The name is no mistake — we’ve taken every single measure to make sure this burger was planned and cooked to be the best it can be. You may have seen a bacon-wrapped burger before, but it probably had one flimsy slice of bacon wrapped around its edges, or was sloppily made by wrapping thick slices of bacon haphazardly around it. In those recipes, they may tell you at what temperature to cook the burger and for how long, but do they address their reasoning for pre-cooking the bacon, or why they chose to grill the whole thing raw?
For our ultimate bacon-wrapped burger, we took every single piece of the puzzle into consideration. From the type of burger meat to use and its meat-to-fat ratio to the flavor of bacon we wanted and the size needed for the task. Not only is our recipe well thought out, but it’s perfectly executed, resulting in a beautifully basket-weaved burger that looks so delicious you’ll think it’s a dream.
We know what you’re thinking: it seems like a lot of bacon — and it is. With one slice of most types of bacon weighing in at around 3 grams of fat, there’s absolutely no reason why you should be putting five of them on your burger, because the burger alone is not that appealing in the health department, either. But it has to be said, that with health, calories, and fat aside, this burger is truly delicious. While some may think that wrapping the burger entirely in bacon is too much, it provided the ideal bacon-burger flavor combination that we’re looking for every time we order a bacon cheeseburger, and this time, we didn’t have to worry about our bacon falling off our burger. Between the two, one never outdid the other, and with garnishes like tomato, red onion, and lettuce, there was a much needed taste of freshness that balanced out the saltiness of the bacon and the juiciness of the burger.
We wouldn’t suggest making this burger for dinner every night. Heck, it might be smart to limit yourself to one every other month this summer. But when you’re in the mood and are ready to go for it, this is how you make the ultimate bacon-wrapped burger.
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce