The Bacon Weave Cheeseburger

The Bacon Weave CheeseburgerYou may have noticed a slight lack of ridiculous cheese-related content here on the ol’ blog lately and there’s a good reason for that… it’s because I’ve been saving all my really good ideas all for a series of recipes and videos I’ve been working on for Black Creek Cheese!

We share a love of big flavor and bold cheeses. These recipes are not for the faint of flavor which makes me even more excited to share them with you.

For this first one I took a half pound ground beef patty, stuffed it with cheese, wrapped it in a bacon weave, threw it on my grill and then topped it with even more cheese.

Now of course, a big burger like this needs a cheese with big flavor, which is why I chose Black Creek’s Extra Sharp Cheddar that’s been aged for two years. It’s got a rich nutty flavor that perfectly complements the burger.

The Bacon Weave Cheeseburger

Black Creek also makes a really good Cheddar that’s been aged for three years, so if you want even more flavor you could use that instead. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more mild you could always go with Black Creek’s Extra Sharp Cheddar that’s been aged for nine months.

So why wrap your burger in bacon rather than just topping it with a couple slices? Well, if you’ve ever tried to stuff a burger with cheese before you know that the worst thing that can happen is for the cheese to leak out while the burger is on the grill. The bacon weave completely prevents that. Plus, it allows you get a little bit of bacon and a little bit of cheese in each and every bite.

The Bacon Weave Cheeseburger

I pre-cooked my bacon weave in the oven for 15 minutes prior to wrapping it around the burger patty, which allowed it to get nice and crispy without overcooking the burger itself once I moved it to the grill. The bacon I used was fairly thin, so the cooking time might vary a bit depending on the thickness of yours, but as long as you don’t use a really thick cut you should be fine.

If you’re having issues with your bacon weave staying wrapped around your burger while on the grill you can always secure it with a few toothpicks, but as long as you pre-cook the bacon weave and wrap it tightly around the patty you shouldn’t have a problem. I didn’t use any toothpicks at all and mine turned out perfect.

Once you’ve got your cheese stuffed burger patty wrapped in a bacon weave all you need to do is grill it over medium heat for five or six minutes per side or until it reaches your desired level of doneness and you’re all set!

The Bacon Weave Cheeseburger

If you really want to get that Instagram worthy melty cheese look for your burger, you can cover the patty and cheese in a hot pan, add a tablespoon of water and steam it for about 30 seconds. This tip is especially useful for aged cheeses like the one I used for this burger, since the longer the cheese is aged for the less moisture it contains.

If you really want to get that Instagram worthy melty cheese look for your burger, you can cover the patty and cheese in a hot pan, add a tablespoon of water and steam it for about 30 seconds. This tip is especially useful for aged cheeses like the one I used for this burger, since the longer the cheese is aged for the less moisture it contains.

 

Bacon Weave Cheeseburger Recipe

This recipe takes Juicy Lucy burgers to the extreme by wrapping the entire burger patty in a bacon weave!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burgers, cheese, entrees
Servings: 1
Author: Nick @ DudeFoods.com

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Black Creek Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese aged 2 years
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 bun
  • your choice of toppings I went with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Line 6 slices of bacon vertically side by side.
  • Fold back every other bacon strip and lay a slice of bacon perpendicular to the original 6 strips. Repeat this step until your entire bacon weave is done, alternating which strips go over and which stops go under the original 6 bacon strips. If this sounds confusing at all just watch the video.
  • Bake the bacon weave in your oven for 15 minutes at 375°.
  • Remove the bacon weave from the oven and pat it down with paper towels to remove excess grease.
  • Separate ground beef into 2 equal-sized patties, season them with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt and flatten them out until they're about 1/4" thick.
  • Place one of your burger patties into the middle of your bacon weave and top with 2 ounces of Black Creek Cheddar and then your second burger patty.
  • Push down the edges of your top burger patty to seal the two patties together and wrap the bacon weave around them.
  • Grill your bacon wrapped burger patty for 5 minutes per side over medium heat or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Top the burger with the remainder of your Black Creek Cheddar during the last minute on the grill.
  • Assemble your burger by taking a bottom bun and topping it with your choice of toppings — I went with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise — and finally a top bun.

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