Recipe From from Weber's Real Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance

Bacon and Swiss Burgers

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    20 min.

  • Grilling Time

    8 to 10 min.

Serves 4
Prep Time
20 min.
Grilling Time
8 to 10 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 3 strips of streaky bacon
  • 120 grams finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 680 grams minced beef (80% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 thin slices of Swiss cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 medium slices of tomato


  • 01 In a large skillet over medium heat on the stove, fry the bacon until crisp, about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain the bacon on paper towels, reserving the drippings in the skillet.
  • 02 Cook the onion in the skillet with the bacon drippings over medium heat until tender but not browned, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and thyme. Continue to cook until the garlic has softened, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the onion mixture to a small bowl and let cool. Finely chop the bacon.
  • 03 In a medium bowl mix the ground chuck with the Worcestershire, salt, pepper, hot pepper sauce, the onion mixture and the bacon. Gently form four patties of equal size, each about 2 centimetres thick. With your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow indentation about 2.5 centimetres wide in the centre of each patty to prevent them from doming as they cook. Refrigerate the patties until ready to grill.
  • 04 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium–high heat (200ºC to 260ºC).
  • 05 Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the patties over direct medium–high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to medium doneness, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last minute of grilling time, place a slice of cheese on each patty to melt and grill the hamburger buns, cut-side down, until toasted. Build each burger on a bun with a patty, tomatoes, ketchup and/or mustard. Serve warm.