Better-For-Your-Belly Bacon Burgers


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2

I made my first published burger recipe (Lamb, Roasted Red Pepper and Mint Burgers) a bit different but I think it’s important for all meat-lovers to have a great basic beef burger recipe up their sleeve so here’s mine!

To be honest with you, I learned a harsh lesson here. I wanted to tart the mix up a bit – adding chopped parsley, garlic etc– but it was just too much and as Kieran pointed out, sometimes less is more. Minced beef, salt and pepper and diced onion – job done!

There was also some kind of cheek along the lines of “me man, me make burgers” which I didn’t catch completely due to being quite deaf. I wasn’t 100% sure that this is the kind of thing that a woman should be allowing in 2022 but he was right so I let it slide…..this time.

I love burgers, I used to love to eat McDonalds – in fact it was my first job. Honestly every now and then we still have one for a treat and I really enjoy it but the truth is that, convenience aside, it will never be as good as a burger you make and cook at home. And as the summer marches relentlessly towards us we can look forward to enjoying that extra deliciousness that cooking a burger on the BBQ and eating it outside in the sun gives.

What do you like in your burger? There’s so many options and my taste changes like the weather. I do love the kind of simple American diner combination of ketchup, mustard, onion and pickles but then you can’t beat a bit of mayo, some salad leaves, onion and of course cheese! Of course, if you’re having a BBQ then the chances are that you will have more than one and can have one of each!

We sometimes buy the processed cheese slices for burgers but honestly, we make so many varieties of great cheese in the UK that you’re just better off with some good old English mature cheddar or maybe going for something like Stilton if you’re feeling more adventurous.

We have set of moulds like these that we use for photographing food for the site. It turned out that one of the bigger ones is actually perfect for shaping a beautiful looking burger – as an alternative to an actual burger press. You can then sit them on a square of baking paper on a plate to chill them and when the time comes to cook them, the paper makes it easier to slide them into the pan (or on to the BBQ!)

So let me know what you think of my simple bacon burger recipe via the comments or by using the Contact Me form on the site. And do feel free to tag me in your Tweets and Facebook or Instagram posts – I’d love to see your burger and BBQ pictures! Enjoy DDx.

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Better-For-Your-Belly Bacon Burgers

  • Author: Hazel
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


More is less with beef burger recipes – minced beef, onion, salt and pepper make a delicious meaty and perfectly seasoned patty. Topped with a lower-fat bacon medallion and some light mayo and salad added – job done!




  • 250 g lean beef mince
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 bacon medallions
  • 2 burger cheese slices (or your choice of cheese)
  • Salt and pepper


To serve: (OPTIONALS)

  • Rolls/burger buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced onion
  • Sliced pickles


  1. Line a plate or oven tray with baking paper.
  2. Put the minced beef and onion in a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix together with clean hands until combined.
  4. Form into 2 burgers and transfer them to the plate or oven tray.
  5. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm them up.
  6. Drizzle a little olive oil in a large frying pan and place over a medium heat.
  7. Start the bacon medallions cooking in a griddle pan (or second frying pan), turning occasionally as needed.
  8. Carefully slide the burgers into the hot frying pan.
  9. Cook for a minute or two on each side to seal and then continue cooking until brown and cooked through. When cooked, place a cheese slice on each burger and allow to melt slightly in the heat of the pan before removing the burgers to a plate.
  10. Dress your rolls/buns as you like with sauces, salad etc and then add the bacon and burgers.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • Serving Size: Per Serving
  • Calories: 491 kcal (25%)
  • Fat: 24.2g (35%)
  • Saturated Fat: 7.7g (38%)

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