This Grilled Burger with Caramelized Onions, Mozzarella and Bacon recipe is perfect for grill season, and beyond. It's a flavour explosion you will not want to miss out on!
Some days you just want a grilled burger with caramelized onion, mozzarella and bacon. It's a burger that's dripping with toppings.
This one fits the bill. Huge beef patties topped with caramelized onions, drizzled with barbecue sauce, loaded down with melted mozzarella and piles of bacon.
You're going to want to sink your teeth into this bad boy. If you can get your hands around this massive burger first! Good luck!
Honestly, I have a thing for beef, not going to lie. I love beef over any other meat. So when it comes time to whip up a great burger I always start with great quality beef.
The second thing I reach for when making burgers is onions. I'm a total sucker for caramelized onions. I cannot get enough of them.
We're also suckers for a specific type of mozzarella cheese here at the B household. We love that pizza mozzarella stores are selling now.
Any excuse to slap that stuff on a recipe is going to be taken. It melts beautifully on pizza and lasagna, but it's also wicked good on things like burgers or grinders. Trust me, I know my melty cheese, people.
If you want to top a burger with the perfect ingredient you need to reach for bacon. Bacon makes everything better.
My motto lately is #baconallthethings! It's a good motto to have. Especially during bacon month.
More Bacon Recipes:
- Spicy Chipotle Skillet Corn with Bacon
- Chocolate Covered Candied Bacon
- Candied Tomato and Candied Bacon Pizza
- Candied Bacon
- Bacon Pizza Bites
- Potato and Bacon Hash
- Smashed Potatoes with Bacon
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Grilled Burger with Caramelized Onions, Mozzarella and Bacon
For the Patties:
- 1.5 kg ground beef don't go too lean or you will have brick like burgers, fat is good in burgers
- 1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
- Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Caramelized Onions:
- 1 large sweet vidalia onion, cut into thin strips
- 3 tablespoons butter
For the Toppings:
- Mozzarellissima Cheese regular mozzarella will suffice, I used about 1 cup or so, thinly sliced
- Caramelized Onions
- Barbecue Sauce use your favourite
- Bacon use as much or as little as you like (Candied Bacon would be the bomb on these)
- 1 package of hamburger buns
- Preheat your grill to a medium heat.
- Pre-cook bacon or make it on the grill. I microwaved my batch for these. Lay paper towels on a plate, then lay a layer of bacon, lay another paper towel over top, add another layer of bacon and pop in the microwave to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes depending on how much bacon you are using, the thickness of it, and how well done you like your bacon.
- Use a cast iron skillet for the onions to cook on the grill.
- Make sure your cast iron pan is pre-seasoned, very important.
- Scoop the butter into the cast iron pan, then toss in the onions. Cook over the grill on medium heat until the onions go golden brown, which can take 10 to 15 minutes. If you want to speed it up use a touch of brown sugar. Stir them often to keep from sticking, and add extra butter if necessary. Make sure you are being safe and do not touch the cast iron pan with your hands. I leave the handle sticking out so it's not actually over direct heat. And I also have a cast iron pan handle cover which helps keep people from grabbing the hot handle by mistake.
- While your onions are caramelizing you can start working on your burgers.
- In a large bowl combine the ground beef and the italian bread crumbs. Mix lightly so the crumbs just work into the ground beef enough to be evenly mixed. Do not over-work ground beef when making burgers, it makes them tough.
- Now shape them into large patties. Mine made 6 large burgers and 4 tiny mini-me size burgers (she likes hers super small and super thin). Again, do not over-work your meat, just shape them slightly and don't over-pack too tightly.
- Now press your thumb into one side in the middle so you leave a small indent.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper now.
- Pop those bad boys on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes on the first side. Then add your cheese and cook for about 4 minutes on that side. If you like your burgers to still moo shave off some time and cook them for about 2 minutes on each side. We tend to be well done, and medium folks here. If mini-me sees blood it's bad news.
- Another tip that helps when grilling is not to over do the turning. People flip too much. Don't be an extreme flipper. It's not good. For you or your meat.
- Now take your onions and your burgers inside.
- Set out all your condiments and have at it.
- I did bottom bun, hamburger pattie, barbecue sauce, caramelized onions (lots), bacon (lots) and then my top bun. It was delightfully huge and delicious!
- Enjoy with a big old I can barely get my hands around this thing smile!
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Nice recipes. Thank you and have a great weekend!
Thanks Liz. Have a great holiday weekend.
Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
omg that melty cheeeeeese
Ha, I know right. It was SO good.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
You're teasing me with the thought of vidalia onions. Other than family and friends I think I miss sweet onions - either vidalias or walla walla sweets - the most. Your burger looks like I should be eating it. 🙂
Ah, you poor dear, I love sweet onions so very much. I have 5 sitting on my counter right now. You're welcome to come to dinner any time you like woman.
Anita at Hungry Couple
This is pretty much my idea of burger perfection. Well, except that I never put breadcrumbs in mine. Brian is the cast iron pan burger maker in our house and the caramelized onions are not negotiable! He puts Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder in the burgers but he's happy to leave off the cheese and bacon. Me? Not so happy without those. 🙂
I love my cast iron pan for days when I don't feel like grilling. I do sliders in a whiskey sauce in my cast iron pan on occasion that are amazeballs. I love worcestershire in burgers, and in meatloaf. I can't say it but I can use it. Ha.
wok with ray
I love those melting cheese and caramelized onions. It is making me hungry. 🙂
Thanks so much Ray. I am such a sucker for caramelized onions.
Emily @ Life on Food
This is what I was dreaming about for dinner last night. My attempt wasn't nearly as yummy looking as this one. I think it is your gooey mozerella.
Thanks Emily. I love a good burger. Years of making them has taught me not to mess with the meat too much. And too lean is not a good idea. It needs some fat or it will be tough. Just a few things I've learned along the way. And cheese makes everything better. lol
I haven't had a burger for awhile, and now of course I want one! Bacon? Yes, please. And onions! Good stuff - thanks.
Thanks John. I love burgers. Just so classic summer right.
Baaacon!! That's my kind of burger!! I love every part of it. 🙂
Right! So good. Thanks Ramona.
On a side note, sorry I've been M.I.A. with visits lately. No internet, then sick, now just trying to make the most of the last two days with mini-me before school this week. Next week I need to get back to work and visiting friends. xx