A favorite among residents of Martha’s Vineyard is the Applewood Bacon Burger with Cheddar Cheese. Sounds delicious, right?

Well, prepare to have your mind blown. There is a secret to this recipe that takes this burger to a whole new level. You might want to have a little snack before you read on, because this will make your mouth water.

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2 pounds freshly ground chuck, (at least 80% lean, a.k.a. 80/20)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 thick slices cheddar cheese at room temperature
*12 slices thick-cut Applewood bacon, cooked and drained.
6 large hamburger buns


  1. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, onion powder, salt and pepper until just combined. Do not overmix, or your patties will be tough.
  2. Divide into six portions and form patties, without pressing too hard. They should be uniform in thickness. Smooth out any cracks using your fingers. Make these right before you grill them, so they stay at room temperature.
  3. Preheat your grill, grill pan or cast-iron skillet to high heat and add burger patties. If using a grill, cover with the lid.
  4. Cook until the crust that forms on the bottom of the burger releases it from the pan or grate — about 2 minutes. Gently test, but don’t flip it until it gets to this point. When burgers lift up easily, flip, add a slice of cheese to each, close lid if using a grill, and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes for medium to medium rare.
  5. Remove burgers with a sturdy metal spatula and transfer to a plate. Allow to rest for several minutes, then transfer to buns, top with 2 pieces of bacon, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and serve.

*The secret here is cooking the Applewood bacon, and what happens after you cook the bacon. Read on…

How To Cook The Perfect Bacon In The Oven.

  1. DO NOT TURN ON YOUR OVEN YET! You want to start with a cold oven in order for the bacon to mimic the gradual rise and slow-cooked goodness of frying it in a pan.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. I prefer to have the shiny side up.
  3. Lay your bacon flat, in one layer, on top of the foil. Do not stack the bacon.
  4. Place the bacon in the oven.
  5. Turn on the oven to 400F.
  6. Set your timer for 17 minutes.
  7. After the timer rings, check your bacon. If you like it cooked, with no crisp, take it out. If you like it slightly crispy, let it go 2 more minutes. If you like it really crispy, go 5-8 more minutes. You choose what you prefer.
  8. Take the bacon out and let it sit. After 1 minute it is ready to serve.

Now, let the buns soak up what is left of the bacon grease and then put them on the grill to toast. I won’t promise you the best summer body, but I will promise the best bacon burger you have ever tasted! Enjoy.

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