Bacon Grilled Cheese Hamburgers


Bacon Grilled Cheese Hamburgers

We are still eating comfort foods this week.  With Christmas right around the corner we are going for easy meals that are filling and feel like a warm hug.  Tonight we had Bacon Grilled Cheese Hamburgers, tomato soup and peas.  This meal took me back to my college days.

Verdict:

We all loved this meal.   I added caramelized onions to our grilled cheese and the kids could have theirs dipped in ketchup or tomato soup.

I tried to keep the number of pans to a minimum by cooking everything in one skillet which made me even happier when it came time to wash dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 8 strips of bacon, cut in half
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 8 slices of white bread
  • 1/2 stick of butter, softened

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl mix ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, bread crumbs and egg until well combined.  Set bowl in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Fry bacon strips in a skillet over medium low heat until crispy.  Lay bacon on a paper towel to soak up remaining grease.  Drain most of the grease from pan and set aside leaving about 2 TBSP in the pan.
  3. Add onions to 2 TBSP bacon grease over medium-low heat to skillet.  Allow onions to slowly cook until lightly browned and transparent.  Remove onions from pan and set aside.
  4. Remove ground beef mix from refrigerator.   Break the ground beef mix into 4 equal portions.  Form each portion into a thin, square patty.
  5. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel and add 3 TBSP of bacon grease to your skillet.  Over medium heat cook the 4 hamburgers until cooked through.  Remove hamburgers from skillet when cooked and set on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any extra grease.
  6. Let skillet cool a bit then wipe out with paper towels.
  7. Take one slice of bread, butter one side liberally and place butter side down in the skillet.  Add 1/4 of each of ingredients cheddar cheese, then bacon, then hamburger patty, then onions then mozzarella cheese to top of patty.  Take a second slice of bread and add it to the top of the sandwich.  Butter the top side liberally.
  8. Repeat step 7 for each sandwich.
  9. Once all sandwiches are made place skillet on stove over medium-low heat.  Once sandwiches are browned on the bottom and cheese has started to melt,  8-10 minutes, lightly press down on the sandwich with the back of a spatula before attempting to flip it.  Try to do it in one swift motion so that the sandwich doesn’t slide.
  10. Cook on the second side until well browned.  Try to flip the sandwich only once during cooking.  This will allow it to get crispy on the outside and melt the cheese on the inside.
  11. When second side is browned remove sandwich from the pan and allow to rest 2-3 minutes before slicing in half.

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