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Basic Burgers with Bacon Paste


  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey with fat content based on your preference
  • 2 pieces thick cut bacon ground into paste see technique above
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 4 ¼ inch slices of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 burger buns


  • Preheat your grill to an indirect method (see instructions on direct vs. indirect here )
  • Mix ground beef (or turkey) with bacon paste, onion, Worcestershire, salt and pepper in a large bowl with your hands.
  • Form the burgers into four equal sized patty’s and place on grill over direct heat.
  • Cook for three minutes each side for grill marks and then move to indirect heat. Add cheese slices, and then cover until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees for medium burger (little to no pink). About 5 – 8 minutes with a hot coal grill. Cheese should be melted and likely bubbling.
  • Remove burgers from heat and toast buns if desired. Serve with your favorite condiments and sides. (I use no condiments as I love the natural flavor, but my wife is a sucker for fresh slices of tomato and avocado.)