Classic American burger with caramelised bacon, cheese and relish

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Burgers / Dinners / Pub food


I can’t take credit for these incredible burgers. This was all my boyfriend’s work. In case you haven’t noticed from the many burgers on the blog, he is a big fan of burgers. These ones are humungous (hence the American title) and taste delicious.

For me, these are classic American burgers. The pattie is a massive hunk of beef with a few bits and pieces to bring out the flavour but nothing too overpowering. The burger is topped with melted cheese, crispy caramelised strips of smokey bacon and a sweet and sticky tomato burger relish. They are finished with

the classic burger accompaniments of lettuce and onion (you could also add a slice of tomato as well if you want). What you are left with is this colourful monster which, admittedly, you will struggle to even bite in to!

What makes them so delicious is that, once assembled, they are finished off by individually wrapping them in tin foil and placing them in the oven for a few minutes like a burger from a proper American diner. This helps keep all the lovely burger juices in the burger and then lets them seep out into the bun moistening everything and adding even more scrumptiousness.

One note on the burger bun – we like quite a thick bready roll for our burgers but this is just personal choice. A brioche bun would be amazing and would soak up all the juices and become soft when the burger is wrapped in tin foil and placed in the oven. Choose whatever you want though.

And one final point – make sure you have lots of napkins ready. This is a messy feast!

And one final final thing – thank you to Anton for these fabulous burgers!



Ingredients (makes 4 large burgers):

For the burgers:
800g minced beef
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
100g cheddar cheese
8 baby gem lettuce leaves
8 rings red onion
4 burger buns/rolls
Salt and pepper

For the caramelised bacon:
8 smoked streaky bacon rashers
5 tablespoons light brown sugar

For the relish:
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1/2 lemon, juice only
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chilli sauce
Olive oil



  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Mix the mince, mustard, shallots, garlic, parsley and a good pinch of salt and pepper together. Form into 4 burgers. Set to one side to allow the mince to come up to room temperature before cooking.


For the bacon:

  • Place the sugar for the bacon in a bowl with a good pinch of pepper. Add the bacon to the sugar and mix well until the bacon slices are coated in sugar. Line a baking tray with a piece of greaseproof paper. Lay the bacon slices on the tray. Place a second piece of greaseproof paper on top and then put a second baking tray on top. This weighs down the bacon and will keep it flat. Put the bacon in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes then remove the top baking tray and piece of greaseproof paper. Place the uncovered bacon back in the oven for a further 15 – 20 minutes until crisp and caramelised on the outside.. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 1 – 2 minutes. The bacon will be really hot so be careful with this.

For the relish:

  • Heat a little olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the red onion, celery and garlic. Allow to sweat for about 5 minutes over a low – medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring up to a simmer and leave to reduce for about 20 minutes until thick and sticky.

For the burgers:

  • About 10 minutes before the bacon and relish are ready, heat a dry pan over a high heat. Add the burgers to the hot pan. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
  • Once cooked, top each burger with some cheese and place under the girl for 1 – 2 minutes to melt.


To assemble:

  • Heat the inside of the burger buns under the grill for about 2 minutes until lightly toasted.
  • Top the bottom half of the bun with the lettuce, then the burger pattie, 2 slices of caramelised bacon (it may be easier to half the slices of bacon), 2 rings of red onion, a good spoonful of burger relish and the top of the bun.
  • Wrap the burger in tin foil and then place in the oven until warm so for around 1 – 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.

As you can see, there is nothing delicate about these burgers but I wouldn’t expect anything less from American style burgers made by a boy!


The Author

I am a food lover with a passion for cooking and entertaining inspired by two very special grandmothers and a fabulous mum. I recently moved to London which has provided a plethora of new places, cultures and fascinations to stir up some underlying creativity. My hope is to share some cooking and entertaining ideas which I like and others seem to like too. I will also throw in the odd bit of Scottish flare to make sure I maintain my true braveheart roots. Hope you enjoy!

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