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

Bacon and Swiss Burgers

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    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 rashers 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 Swiss cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 medium slices 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 18 millimeters thick. With your thumb or the back of a spoon, make a shallow indentation about 2.5 centimeters wide in the center 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 (200º 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.

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