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Louisiana BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

I've been making these burgers for about 20 years and have had nothing but rave reviews. The sauce is amazing and the hickory smoked bacon cooked like this is delicious.


1.5 pounds fresh ground chuck (80% or leaner ground beef)
7/8's cup tomato ketchup
2 ounces soy sauce
2 ounces hot sauce
4 heaping tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 medium - large garlic cloves (finely pressed) -makes about two cups of sauce
1 pound hickory smoked bacon (any brand hickory smoked bacon) 1 package sharp cheddar cheese
1 package soft kaiser hamburger rolls (or regular white hamburger rolls)
1 jar mayo
1 head Romaine or Iceberg lettuce
1 red onion
1 beefsteak or large tomato
Makes about 2 cups of sauce


-Put be-Put beef in a large bowl -In a separate container, mix: 7/8's cup Heinz tomato ketchup 2 ounces Kikkoman soy sauce 2 ounces Crystal hot sauce 4 heaping tablespoons dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce -and lastly, finely press 2 medium - large garlic cloves in the sauce and mix well with fork. -Add 3/4's cup of the sauce you just made to beef and combine until the sauce is completely mixed in with the beef -Make six 1/4 pound patties and refrigerate. -In a large to medium frying pan place the full pack of bacon -turn the grill to high (about 450 degrees F) -place pan with bacon on grill and close the lid leaving the handle outside. -check and turn bacon every five minutes until just crispy. cooks in about 10- 15 minutes -drain bacon grease when done, cover pan and put to the side. Be sure to use an oven mitt when doing the bacon, as the pan gets very hot. -Cut 12 good size slices of extra sharp cheddar cheese, 6 slices of medium thick red onion and beefsteak tomato. Detach 6 pieces of lettuce, put ingredients on a plate and place in the fridge. -Grill beef patties mixed with the sauce at the same grill settings -Cover lid and grill patties for 5 minutes on one side, flip them and do 3 minutes on the other side or to taste. -turn off the grill and add two pieces of cheese to each patty and cover grill for three minutes. - while cheese is melting spread a thin layer of mayo on the top and bottom of each hamburger roll -put each patty on roll and add 3-4 pieces of bacon on each. -generously apply some of the left over BBQ sauce atop the bacon -Add onion, tomato and lettuce -serve and enjoy. There will be left over sauce.


Serve with a nice Sutter Home rose' and taste the dark brown sugar, salt and spices send your taste buds to the next level.