Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Inside Out BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

I swear I can smell a burger grilling from a mile away.  The aroma of succulent ground beef cooking on the grill on a summer day is intoxicating.  And nothing tops off a delicious burger quite like bacon, cheese, and BBQ sauce.  I think the BBQ bacon cheeseburger is one of America's crowning achievements.  It's right up there with Super Bowl Sunday and the internet.  You're welcome, world.

But what if the BBQ, bacon, and cheese weren't on top of the burger, but inside it?  Well, then you would have what I like to call an inside out BBQ bacon cheeseburger.  And you would be in meat heaven.  I am pretty sure the seed for this was planted long ago by seeing something similar on the internet.  But a while back I was planning to make burgers.  I considered making regular BBQ bacon cheeseburgers, but, honestly, I am too lazy to cook up bacon to put on top of my burger.  So I decided to just put Bacon Bits in my burgers while I was forming the patties.  And I thought while I was at it, I might as well put the cheese in the burger.  And the BBQ sauce.  And some spices.  Before I knew it, I had this amazing concoction on the grill.  And you could definitely smell this from a mile away!

It took only a few minutes to make these fun burgers.  And only a bite to realize they were something special.  They were juicy and well seasoned with just the right amount of bacon and melted cheese inside.  And I didn't have to fry up bacon!  

We really enjoyed these as a simple change up from a typical burger.  I have a bit of an obsession with BBQ sauce, so I topped my burger off with a little more of the sweet, tangy condiment.  Then, just for good measure, I added some pickles.  No burger is complete without pickles.  Some red onions would have been awesome, but I unfortunately didn't have any.  I will have some next time! 
This isn't exactly the healthiest dinner I've ever made.  But in my defense, I served my burgers on 100% whole wheat buns.  And these are too good to really need much more defense than that.  So go walk a few miles, then come home and make yourself some amazingly good inside out BBQ bacon cheeseburgers!

Inside Out BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger
1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cups BBQ sauce
1 tsp seasoning salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
Combine all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.  Shape into 4 patties.  Grill until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  Serve on buns.

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