If you’re going to indulge in a bacon cheeseburger, you might as well go whole hog (sorry for the pun) and get the most bacon flavour out of it. Serious Eats shows us how to do that.
The first part of the puzzle is how to arrange the bacon for the most coverage and stability (no bacon-less bits or valuable pieces falling off your burger). Comparing several methods, including the simple X shape, triangle shapes, parallel placement, and the bacon quilt, Kenji Lopez-Alt found weaving the bacon before cooking it is the best solution. (we mentioned this technique before for BLTs.)
Don’t just stop at topping your burger with bacon, though. For more bacon flavour that surprisingly doesn’t overwhelm the burger taste, sear the meat patty in the bacon fat, toast the buns with a layer of it, and also add a dab of the rendered bacon fat to your special sauce.
Hit up the link below for the full recipe and a step-by-step slideshow to take your burgers to the next bacon level.
The Burger Lab: How To Make The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger [Serious Eats]