Sadly, I can’t claim that genius since the idea for this recipe was inspired by an amazing Paleo cooking website called Civilized Caveman Cooking (link will go straight to the recipe) so it’s a copycat recipe that I tweaked and wrapped in bacon, since it just felt right to do that at the time.
I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again because it’s worth it, the bacon from U.S. Wellness Meats is so the bomb diggity of bacon and you must try it. It’s literally worth stocking up on and keeping in the freezer, because it goes out of stock quickly. I have no reason behind telling you this over and over other than that I’m just so happy with it quality and taste wise. Plus the fact that you can use the rendered fat to cook with makes it double worth it for me. It’s like that Franks red hot commercial except with this bacon. Trust me and try it.
I cooked this burger on stovetop but you could easily modify the cooking instructions for grilling. We are just a little dirt poor right now and can’t afford to replace our broken grill, so this and other grill worthy recipes will have stovetop instructions only. Don’t worry I’m really so sad for myself already. Eh, who am I kidding I’m not one to start up a grill by myself on a weeknight anyway. Man’s job right?
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 8 slices nitrate free sugar free bacon
- 1 med-large ripe avocado
1 small tomato, diced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp salt, divided in half
1 tsp lime juice
- Divide the ground beef into 4 equal parts, and then divide each part in half and form into 8 patties.
Now you’re going to stuff your burgers. Put an equal amount of avocado mix on 4 of the patties. Cover each patty with another patty and seal around the edges so the avocado mix doesn’t leak out while cooking. Sprinkle the second 1/2 tsp salt on the stuffed patties.
Heat a large saute or grill pan over med heat. Put your 8 slices of bacon on a microwave safe plate and microwave for about 2 minutes, just enough to keep it pliable but to render some of the fat.
Now you will wrap the bacon around your burgers. Remove it from the microwave and drain on paper towels. Take 2 slices of bacon and wrap each of them around a patty, side by side with the seams underneath the patty. Repeat with the other 4 patties.
Put each patty in the preheated pan with the bacon seam side down. The bacon should fuse together as it cooks.
These burgers will need to cook a long time. I made mine med-rare, and they cooked on each side for 8-10 minutes. You will need to regulate the heat so the bacon does not burn but the burgers can fully cook to preference. You can cover the pan for a few minutes to help them cook, but not too long so the bacon doesn’t steam. You want the bacon nice and crisp!
After about 10 minutes on each side, the bacon should be nice and brown and crisp, and the inside should be cooked med-rare to med. If you want your burgers cooked more thoroughly, cover them for a longer period of time.
Serve with some fries, I served with garlic parsnip fries but just do whatever type of fries you want. But please do them.
Isn’t stuffing burgers fun? What do you like to stuff yours with?